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Shari M. Goodstein


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Shari Goodstein has extensive first-chair trial, arbitration and mediation experience, and litigates matters in federal and state courts in New York, Connecticut and throughout the country. She has a varied litigation practice focusing on complex commercial litigation, products liability litigation, and employment law disputes (including non-compete, trade secret, wrongful discharge and wage and hour violations). Shari represents domestic and international companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 and middle market, with an emphasis in the drug and medical device, health care, real estate, and financial services industries, as well as government entities, schools, and non-profits.

Shari litigates on behalf of drug and medical device companies and health care providers. She serves as national counsel and local counsel for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries in nationwide litigation related to pelvic and abdominal mesh. Shari has managed all aspects of pre-trial proceedings, taken depositions of plaintiffs, consortium plaintiffs, and treating physicians, and has briefed pre-trial, Daubert, and summary judgment motions. She represents clients in multi-district litigation and class and collective actions.

Shari also conducts internal investigations, including of claims of unlawful harassment, wage and hour violations, and issues under the False Claims Act. She is a frequent presenter on employment law and commercial litigation topics, and conducts sexual harassment prevention training.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Shari practiced as a business litigator at a national firm based in New York, and for the Law Department of the City of New York.


  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment Litigation: Defense (2013-2018)
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-2012)
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York (1992-1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, and Product Liability/Mass Tort Committees
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Westchester/Southern Connecticut: Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Project Music, modeled after El Sistema: Development Committee
  • Israel Cancer Research Fund, Board Member
  • Bureau of Jewish Education, United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien (UJF): Former Chair

Arbitration on Breach of Contract Claims; Defended Against Counterclaims

As lead counsel, successfully represented petitioner engaged in the placement of investors in private equity funds, in an arbitration in New York City against former member.  Arbitrator granted permanent injunctive relief to client, finding that the former member had breached an agreement. Successfully defended against counterclaims for breach of contract.

Jury Verdict in Partnership Dispute on Claims of Violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Civil Theft

As first chair, obtained jury verdict on behalf of 50 percent partner in limited liability company on claims of civil theft, breach of fiduciary duty and related business torts.  Tried case to jury in Connecticut state court.  Obtained verdict on all counts.  The result was not appealed.


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  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1981, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

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