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Partner - Shari M. Goodstein

Shari M. Goodstein


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Shari Goodstein has 30 years of extensive 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 business litigation, employment law disputes including non-compete, trade secret, wrongful discharge and wage and hour violations, and products liability litigation. She has represented 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. Shari has been conducting sexual harassment prevention training for over 20 years, and is a frequent presenter on employment law and commercial litigation topics.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Shari was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York and also practiced as a business litigator in a national New York firm.


  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Employment Litigation: Defense; 2013-2016
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers; 2011-2012
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York; 1992-1996

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Westchester/Southern Connecticut, Member
  • American Bar Association: Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, and Product Liability/Mass Tort Committees

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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