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Shipman & Goodwin Welcomes 2006 Fall Associate Class

September 26, 2006

Shipman & Goodwin welcomes nine new associates to the firm as part of its 2006 Fall Associate Class. Of the nine associates, seven served as Summer Associates at the firm between 2003 and 2005.

“We are delighted to welcome such a talented and diverse group of associates,” said Stephen Gellman, partner in the Trusts & Estates Department and Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee. “The firm offers a comprehensive associate program designed to educate, develop and train individuals in the early phase of their career. Their induction into the program is already underway.”

Awo Archampong-Gray is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. A resident in firm’s Hartford office, she lives in Sturbridge, Mass.

Eric S. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Christine S. Vertefeuille of the Supreme Court for the State of Connecticut. A resident in the firm’s Hartford office, Eric lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Gwen J. Goodman is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University. Since 2004 she has served as a law clerk in the staff attorneys’ office of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A resident in the firm’s Stamford office, Gwen lives in Stamford, Conn.

Kelly Smith Hathorn, a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits practice. Prior to arriving at Shipman & Goodwin, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. A Bloomfield, Conn. resident, Kelly’s practice is based in Hartford.

Jessica A. Jablon is a recent graduate of Washington University School of Law, where she contributed to the school’s law quarterly. A resident of the firm’s Stamford office, Jessica lives in New York, NY.

Christopher M. Mattei is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. A resident in the firm’s Hartford office, Christopher lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Sonia M. Pedraza is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she served as the Casenote Editor for the Quinnipiac Law Review. She has more than 13 years of experience in the insurance industry, holding positions at both Liberty Mutual and State Farm Insurance companies. A resident in the firm’s Hartford office, Sonia lives in North Branford, Conn.

Lesley N. Salafia is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she contributed to the Connecticut Journal of International Law. A resident of the firm’s Hartford office, Lesley lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Princess V. Wiggins is a recent graduate of Howard University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Scroll:  The Social Justice Law Review. A resident in the firm’s Hartford office, Princess lives in the capital city as well.

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