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Six Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors

August 24, 2015

Six (6) lawyers from Shipman & Goodwin LLP have been named “Lawyer of the Year” in their individual practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America© 2016: James W. Bergenn, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense; Robin G. Frederick, Labor and Employment Litigation; Timothy S. Hollister, Land Use & Zoning Law; Thomas B. Mooney, Education Law; Robert J. O’Brien, Construction Law; and Robert L. Wyld, Trusts and Estates Litigation.

Based on more than 6.7 confidential detailed evaluations, Best Lawyers, universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence for more than 30 years, designates only a single lawyer in each high-profile legal specialty in each large legal community as a “Lawyer of the Year.” These Shipman & Goodwin attorneys received particularly high ratings from their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity:

James Bergenn, Hartford Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, has more than 30 years of experience as a trial attorney and practices in the areas of complex criminal and civil litigation. He counsels clients in a variety of significant criminal cases, representing targets of investigations, criminal defendants, grand jury and other witnesses, and corporate and individual victims of crimes. He works on cases prosecuted by the gamut of federal, state and local authorities. Attorney Bergenn has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009.

Robin Frederick, Stamford Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Litigation, has extensive experience successfully representing clients in a wide range of employment disputes and other matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies; in addition she is admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court. She handles matters such as contract negotiations, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants and internal investigations for employers of all types and sizes (including startup, middle market and Fortune 500 companies; hedge funds and private equity firms; independent schools; and nonprofit organizations). Attorney Frederick has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012.

Tim Hollister, Hartford Lawyer of the Year in Land Use & Zoning Law, handles a wide range of real estate and administrative law problems that arise in the context of land use and environmental matters, and has been recognized nationally for his work in wetlands regulation, eminent domain, and workforce and affordable housing development. He has represented developers, corporations, property owners, municipalities, boards of education, and neighborhood and environmental groups in administrative proceedings before local, state, regional and federal agencies and litigation in the state and federal trial courts, and has argued more than 30 cases in the state and federal appellate courts. Attorney Hollister has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009.

Thomas Mooney, Hartford Education Law Lawyer of the Year, is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (8th Edition, 2014), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law used by teachers, administrators and board of education members throughout the state. Attorney Mooney has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006.

Robert O’Brien, Hartford Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law, has more than three decades of experience handling a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, sureties, architects, engineers and condominium associations. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee of the Construction Industry and serves on the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Arbitrators. Attorney O’Brien has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2015.

Robert L. Wyld, Hartford Trusts and Estates Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 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, he has considerable experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and commercial arbitration. Attorney Wyld has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007.

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