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Eight Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors

August 23, 2016

Eight (8) lawyers from Shipman & Goodwin LLP have been named “Lawyer of the Year” in their individual practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America© 2017:  Richard I. Cohen, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Ross H. Garber, Corporate Governance Law; Timothy S. Hollister, Land Use and Zoning Litigation; Anne H. Littlefield, Education Law; Thomas B. Mooney, Labor Law; Robert J. O’Brien, Construction Litigation; Louis B. Schatz, Tax Litigation and Controversy; and Joseph P. Williams, Environmental Litigation.

Based on more than 7.3 million confidential detailed evaluations, Best Lawyers, universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence for more than 30 years, designates only a single lawyer in each high-profile legal specialty in each large legal community as a “Lawyer of the Year.” These Shipman & Goodwin attorneys received particularly high ratings from their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity:

Richard Cohen, Hartford Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year, counsels clients on ERISA compliance and issues relating to pensions and employee benefits, including tax-qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, SERPs and cafeteria plans. In addition, Mr. Cohen speaks at meetings of business associations, client groups and the Connecticut Bar Association. Mr. Cohen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2010, and was previously named Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA).

Ross Garber, Hartford Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance Law, is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, is Co-Chair of its Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Group, and oversees the firm’s International Trade practice. In addition to litigating significant business disputes, Mr. Garber conducts internal investigations and represents clients in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state law enforcement agencies and regulators. His clients have included multi-national corporations, federal and state public officials and agencies, executives, and professionals. Mr. Garber has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012 and was previously Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance Law.

Tim Hollister, Hartford Lawyer of the Year in Land Use & Zoning Litigation, is Co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. He handles a wide range of real estate and administrative law problems that arise in the context of land use and environmental matters, and has been recognized nationally for his work in wetlands regulation, eminent domain, and workforce and affordable housing development. He has represented developers, corporations, property owners, municipalities, boards of education, and neighborhood and environmental groups in administrative proceedings before local, state, regional and federal agencies and litigation in the state and federal trial courts, and has argued more than 30 cases in the state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Hollister has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009. In addition, he has been named Lawyer of the Year in Land Use & Zoning Law multiple times.

Anne Littlefield, Lawyer of the Year in Hartford Education Law, is Co-Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s School Law Practice Group. She represents public school districts and charter schools in labor relations, employment and education law, including personnel policies and practices, constitutional law, student discipline, and education policies. Ms. Littlefield negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of schools, including representation in interest arbitration proceedings. 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. Ms. Littlefield has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2010 and also has been named Lawyer of the Year in Education Law in the past.

Thomas Mooney, Hartford Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law, is Co-Chair of the firm’s School Law Practice Group. He is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law used by teachers, administrators and board of education members throughout the state. Mr. Mooney has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006 and has been recognized in previous years as Lawyer of the Year in Education Law.

Robert O’Brien, Hartford Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year, practices in the areas of construction, surety and specialized banking and commercial litigation. He has more than three decades of experience handling a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, sureties, architects, engineers and condominium associations. Mr. O’Brien is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee of the Construction Industry and serves on the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a frequent panelist and speaker at construction law programs. Mr. O’Brien has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2015, and was previously named Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law.

Louis Schatz, Lawyer of the Year in Tax Litigation and Controversy, is Chair of the firm's Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group. He practices in the areas of federal and State of Connecticut tax matters with attention to the representation of closely held businesses organized as limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations; real estate joint ventures; and the representation of taxpayers involved in Connecticut tax controversies (at the audit, appellate and court levels). Mr. Schatz is co-author of Connecticut Limited Liability Act: Forms and Practice Manual, the leading treatise in Connecticut on limited liability companies. He is also a frequent lecturer on federal and State of Connecticut tax, partnership and limited liability company issues. Mr. Schatz has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012. In the past, he has been named Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law.

Joseph Williams, Hartford Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation, practices in the areas of environmental and land use permitting and litigation. He represents private companies, developers and property owners in a wide array of real estate-related proceedings including site development applications, administrative appeals, takings and eminent domain, adverse possession, boundary and easement disputes, injunction actions and environmental clean-up and cost recovery actions. Mr. Williams also has represented several municipalities, boards of education and state agencies in such matters. He regularly appears before federal, state and local administrative agencies as well as trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level. Mr. Williams has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009.

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