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Robert L. Wyld


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Bob Wyld's extensive civil litigation experience centers on complex business and commercial litigation. This includes general business matters, intra-corporate and partnership disputes, shareholder oppression and corporate governance litigation, securities, class action, breach of contract, insurance coverage, and business tort issues. He litigates disputes in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial services, manufacturing and not-for-profit businesses. He also has significant experience representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in complex trust and estates litigation, including will contests, trustee surcharge and removal litigation, contested accountings, cy pres and deviation claims, and trust and will construction actions. In addition to his trial practice, Bob has considerable experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and commercial arbitration.

Bob is a former law clerk of United States District Court Judge Frank J. Murray and has served as President of the Hartford County Bar Association, President of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, President of the Hartford County Bar Foundation and as a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.


  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star: Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Securities (2012-2015)
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USAAmerica's Leading Lawyers: Litigation: General Commercial (2002-2016)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business Litigation (2006-2016); Civil Litigation: Defense (2006-2009)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Trusts and Estates (2007-2017)
  • Named Best Lawyers 2016 "Lawyer of the Year": Litigation - Trusts and Estates -- Hartford
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Frank J. Murray, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1976-1977)
  • Notes Editor, American Criminal Law Review
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow (2006)
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court: President (2005-2006)
  • Hartford County Bar Foundation: President (2005-2006)
  • Hartford County Bar Association: President (1991-1992)
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Executive Committee, Litigation Section (1990-1994); Standing Committee on Professionalism (1999-2001)
  • American Bar Association: Member, Section on Litigation and Torts
  • The Law Works for People: Advisory Committee (1992)
  • Bench Bar Leadership Conference Steering Committee (1993)
  • CBA Task Force on Professionalism (1999)

Community Involvement

  • University of Vermont: Alumni Representative (2002-present)
  • Loomis Chaffee Parents Association: Director (2000-2002)
  • Simsbury Historical Society: President (1987-1988); Director (1979-1991)
  • Farmington Valley YMCA: Board of Managers (1993-1999); Vice-Chairperson (1994-1999); Co-Chairperson, Major Gifts Sustaining Campaign (1994)
  • Simsbury, A Better Chance: Director (1979-1986); Vice-President (1984-1986)
  • Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Incorporated: Trustee (1989-1993)
  • Simsbury Memorial Day Celebration: Grand Marshall and Keynote Speaker (1988)
  • Simsbury Basketball Club: Director (1991-1999)

Successful Representation of Managing General Partner in Complex Partnership Dispute

Successfully represented the managing general partner of a substantial real estate partnership in five interrelated cases involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims.  In a unanimous decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court in the matter of Ackerman v. Sobol Family Partnership, LLP, 298 Conn. 495 (2010) affirmed the trial Court's decision summarily enforcing an oral settlement negotiated by counsel for the parties on the eve of trail based on the apparent authority of plaintiff's attorney to bind the plaintiffs to a settlement agreement.  The ruling substantially clarified the authority, duties and obligations of Connecticut counsel in negotiating settlements and determined that there is no right to a jury trial in a summary enforcement hearing.

Defense of Successor Administrator Against Significant Claim by Real Limited Partnership

Successfully defended the Successor Administrator of a decendent's estate holding substantial real properties against a multi-million dollar claim by a real estate limited partnership to an ownership interest in various parcels of real estate held by the estate.  After substantial briefing and multiple hearings, the Court ruled for the Successor Administrator on all claims.


October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 31, 2016  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
August 24, 2015  Six Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 17, 2015  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 40 Firm Attorneys
May 19, 2015  Chambers Recognizes 23 as Leaders in Their Field
October 17, 2014  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
August 18, 2014  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 23, 2014  Chambers Recognizes 24 as Leaders in their Field
October 21, 2013  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2013 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2013  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 35 Firm Attorneys
May 24, 2013  Chambers Recognizes 19 Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
February 6, 2013  Attorneys & Firm Recognized by "Benchmark Litigation"
October 22, 2012  "Super Lawyers" Recognizes 51 Lawyers from Firm
August 24, 2012  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 37 Firm Attorneys
June 7, 2012  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2012
September 2, 2011  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 30 Lawyers from the Firm
April 2011  35 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named a "Top Lawyer" in Hartford County
October 28, 2010  "Super Lawyers" Recognizes 47 Lawyers From Shipman & Goodwin LLP
September 23, 2010  "Best Lawyers In America" Recognizes 27 Lawyers from Shipman & Goodwin LLP
June 11, 2010  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2010
October 27, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2010 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
August 10, 2009  25 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Recognized as "2010 Best Lawyers in America"
June 22, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2009
March 2, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars and Featured in Connecticut Magazine
December 4, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Recognized as "2009 Best Lawyers in America"
November 7, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
July 15, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA
April 25, 2008  Attorneys Named By Super Lawyers®
September 1, 2007  Nineteen Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America for 2008
June 15, 2007  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked in Chambers USA
June 5, 2006  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA
February 1, 2006  Thirty-Five Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named Connecticut "Super Lawyers®"

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  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1976
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1973,
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Tax Court
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