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Associate - Jessica M. Signor

Jessica M. Signor

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Jessica Signor is an associate in our Litigation practice group, where her primary focus is in workout, restructuring and bankruptcy.  Jessica advises clients on creditors' rights in connection with bankruptcy filings and insolvency proceedings for a variety of business types including, insurers, research and advisory companies, financial institutions and commercial landlords.  As part of her practice, she assists clients on a wide-range of creditor matters in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 context, including but not limited to, filing proofs of claims (including administrative expense claims and rejection damages claims), determining the treatment of their claims under a Chapter 11 plan, evaluating the treatment of a client’s contract in the context of a plan, and advising on how to vote on a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. Occasionally, adversary proceedings are threatened and/or commenced and Jessica is called upon to assist her clients through the process of defending and analyzing a preference claim to help to reach a settlement on her clients’ behalf.  For example, Jessica has worked with several Chapter 7 trustees to show that a preference action, if commenced, would be unsuccessful based on a variety of absolute defenses and to settle other preference actions at a fraction of the originally demanded amounts against her clients.  

In addition to Jessica’s bankruptcy work, she continuously handles a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters in state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals, in forums throughout the country.  Clients seek her help in a variety of matters, including contract disputes, foreclosures, and collections.  Jessica has drafted numerous pleadings and briefs during her career and has argued numerous motions and matters in court, including before the Connecticut Supreme Court. In addition, Jessica conducts various aspects of pre-trial discovery, including serving subpoenas, interrogatories, and requests for production, and conducting depositions of parties and third party witnesses.

While attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, Jessica was a legal intern for the Honorable Joan N. Feeney of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts where she assisted with editing articles to be published in The American Bankruptcy Law Journal and drafted various sections and updated case law in connection with the most recent version of the BANKRUPTCY LAW MANUAL.  After graduating from law school, Jessica served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julie A. Manning of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut where she assisted the Judge with her docket of cases, including drafting of judicial opinions and preparing for short calendar.  Following her clerkship and prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Jessica was a litigation associate at a prestigious Greenwich, Connecticut firm where she handled a wide-variety of state and federal litigation cases from the pleading stage, during discovery, and through a final decision by the court.

Distinctions

  • Connecticut Law Review; Membership Manager
  • Student Bar Association, President
  • CALI Excellence Awards in Moot Court (2012) and Advanced Topics in Bankruptcy (2014)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers Ones to Watch®: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2021)

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
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Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
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