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Mr. Shipman has been an Assistant States Attorney for the State of Connecticut and has served as Councilman, Board of Education Member and Corporation Counsel for the Town of Newington.  He is a past Chairman of the Greater Hartford Transit District and past Vice Chairman of the Commission on Medicolegal Investigations of the State of Connecticut.  He has served on the Special Commission to Investigate Interstate Banking created by the State Legislature and in the Office of Health Care Access.  Mr. Shipman has served as Special Counsel to the Department of Transportation of the State of Connecticut in matters involving the Interstate Compact concerning the operation of the Metro North Rail line and to investigate irregularities in paving contracts. He also served as Special Counsel to the Comptroller of the State of Connecticut in matters related to the acquisition of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut, Inc by Anthem Insurance Company, Inc.  Mr. Shipman has served as Special Counsel to the Metropolitan District Commission and to the cities of Bridgeport, Stamford, Newington and West Hartford; and the Borough of Litchfield in various complex litigation matters and has advised Municipal Agencies on matters involving regulation, benefits and insurance.  Mr. Shipman has served as an expert witness in numerous matters concerning legal ethics, standard of care and responsibilities in the area of corporate, partnership and real estate transactions, corporate and real estate related litigation and in the area of commercial workouts.  He also serves as an Arbitrator and Mediator and has served as a Special Master in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut


Mr. Shipman was designated by creditor banks of Colonial Realty and thereafter approved by the bankruptcy Court to oversee the operations of the company and its affiliated entities until a Trustee could be appointed. 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Administrative Law: 20%
  4. Health Care: 10%
  5. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%

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Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC

433 Main Street
Suite 310
West Hartford,, CT, 06110


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AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Business LitigationTop Attorneys in Connecticut2014
Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
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Top Attorneys in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2013
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Americas Most Honored ProfessionalAmerican Registry2012
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Best Attorneys in U.SU.S. News and World Report2012
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Best Attorneys in New YorkCorporate Counsel2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best attorneys in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2011
Top Attorneys in New EnglandNew England Super Lawyers2011
Top Attorneys in New EnglandNew England Super Lawyers2010
Best attorneys in connecticutConnecticut Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Business LitigatorsCorporate Counsel Magazine2009
Best Attorneys in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2009
Top Attorneys in New EnglandSuper Lawyers2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV PreminentMartindale-Hubbell2008
Top Attorneys in New EnglandSuper Lawyers2008
Best Business LitigatorsCorporate Counsel Magazine2008
Best Attorneys in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2008
Top Attorneys in New EnglandSuper Lawyers2007
Best Attorneys in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2007
Best Attorneys in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2006
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell1984
BestConnecticut MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/PrincipalShipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC2014 - Present
Member/PrincipalShipman, Stokesbury & Fingold, LLC2001 - 2014
President and General CounselFirst Connecticut Life Insurance Company1992 - 1995
PartnerSchatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin1962 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Forensic SciencesFellow1972 - 2002
Hartford County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Connecticut Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
3:09-cv-01419-JCH Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County Inc et al v. Litchfield et alMotion for Summary Judgment granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1962
University of ConnecticutN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1959
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteCalculating Damages in Eminent Domain2013
Boundary Disputes in ConnecticutBoundary Disputes2007