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Gwen J. Zittoun


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Gwen Zittoun practices in the area of school law. She represents boards of education and school districts in relation to special education, Section 504, ADA, student discipline, Title IX, restraint and seclusion, student data privacy and general education matters. She frequently supports school districts in special education mediations, due process hearings, and federal court actions, and provides legal counsel on a variety of special education issues. She also supports schools in Office for Civil Rights complaints and Title IX investigations.

Gwen has particular experience in the area of board policy development and revision and has played an important role in the revisions to our Model Policies over the last few years. She frequently speaks on education issues, including privacy and confidentiality of student information, special education, restraint and seclusion, transgender guidance and Section 504. As a member of the firm's Data Privacy and Protection Practice Group, Gwen takes a significant role in reviewing, analyzing and drafting proposed contracts and model documents in relation to Connecticut’s student data privacy law, both at the local and state level.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Gwen served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorneys’ Office for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While attending law school, Gwen authored the comment "Accessing Mental Health Care for Children: Relinquishing Custody to Save the Child," 67 Alb. L. Rev. 301 (2003).


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education (2018)
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2017)
  • Member, Albany Law Review

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Adjunct Professor, Neag School of Education

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Mandell Jewish Community Center: Member, Board of Directors

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  • Albany Law School, J.D., 2004,
    summa cum laude
  • Emory University, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY

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