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Partner - Anne H. Littlefield

Anne H. Littlefield


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Anne Littlefield serves as Co-Chair of the firm's School Law Practice Group. 

Anne represents public school districts and charter schools in labor relations, employment and education law; including collective bargaining, personnel policies and practices, constitutional law, special education, student discipline, freedom of information, and education policies. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of schools, including representation in interest arbitration proceedings as needed. She has represented numerous boards of education before special education due process hearing officers, the Freedom of Information Commission, the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration. As general counsel, Anne facilitates self-evaluation and goal setting sessions for boards of education. She also leads Shipman & Goodwin's model policy project which provides support to a number of school districts.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Education Law (2010-2018)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2012, 2017): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Education Law
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Schools & Education (2006, 2013-2017)
  • New Leaders of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2003)

Teaching Positions

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Education Law
  • Western New England College School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Education Law (former)
  • Quinnipiac University Educational Leadership Program: Adjunct Professor, Education Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Education Law Committee; Vice Chair and Legislative Liaison
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council: Former President
  • National School Boards' Association Council of School Attorneys: Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Greater Hartford 
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, Vestry

School-Based Bonus for Teachers Negotiated

Acted as Chief Negotiator for the Hartford Board of Education in teacher negotiations during 2007. These negotiations led to an agreement to institute a school-based performance bonus for teachers, based on whether individual schools make significant gains in improving students' test scores. 

Development of Model Policies for Schools

Develop model policies for numerous school districts. The model policy project provides comprehensive policy support and guidance, as well as necessary policies, regulations and forms to promote timely and comprehensive legal compliance for the operation of school districts.


December 1, 2017  ACES Tech Council Meeting
October 3, 2017  Symposium on Student Safety
November 18-19, 2016   2016 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
November 16, 2016  Webinar: A School Attorney's Guide to ADA Accommodations for Employees
October 20-22, 2016   NSBA Council of School Attorneys 2016 School Law Practice Seminar
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
May 15, 2015  2015 New England School Climate & Anti-Bullying Conference
March 19-21, 2015  National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys 2015 School Law Seminar
January 26, 2015  Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) Hartford County Middle and High School Counselors Professional Development Conference
November 14-15, 2014  2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
October 1, 2014  CABE: Special Education - The Law, the Process and Hot Button Issues
March 13, 2014  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2014 Public Sector Legal Update
November 16, 2013  2013 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
August 21, 2013  Webinar: Working with Law Enforcement: Tips for School Attorneys and School Boards
May 16, 2013  The New Special Education Regulations: Are You Ready for July 1st?
April 11-13, 2013  NSBA School Law Seminar - Bullying Panel
April 4 & 5, 2013  ConnCase Leadership Forum
March 28, 2013  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2013 Public Sector Legal Update

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S., 1992
  • Boston College, A.B., 1989,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT

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