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2022 40 Under Forty: Latonia Williams

Click here to return to HBJ’s 2022 40 Under Forty Award Honorees Latonia Williams Age: 38 Company: Shipman & Goodwin LLP Title: Partner Number of years with current company: 13 Town where I live: West Hartford Town where I work: Hartford College: Howard University Highest degree: Juris Doctorate
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Latonia Williams is a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP. She is a commercial litigator and member of Shipman’s workout, restructure and bankruptcy team where she represents creditor clients in highly complex and often contentious workout, debt restructures and bankruptcy proceedings around the country. She also advises clients on a variety of disputes outside of bankruptcy in Connecticut federal and state courts.

In addition, Williams serves as Shipman’s hiring chair.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

My biggest professional accomplishment is being a continued advocate for equity and inclusion in the legal profession. As a mentor for diverse junior attorneys and as hiring chair, I strive to ensure that our future legal leaders reflect the diversity of the community in which we live.

How are you involved in the community?

I serve on the board of Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut (“SLS”), part of the Connecticut Network for Legal Aid providing low-income residents with access to justice and the tools to address their civil legal needs. Prior to joining the board, I served as a pro-bono volunteer for SLS.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. Some of my favorite destinations include Austria, Costa Rica, Dubai, Florence, Nairobi and the Seychelles.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Skilled litigator with a detailed understanding of client needs and ways to find pragmatic solutions to complex, multilayered legal issues.

• Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s hiring chair.

• Committed mentor and advocate who is focused on fostering the development and promotion of diverse junior attorneys.

• Board member of Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut.

Fun Fact

I immigrated to the United States from St. Thomas, Jamaica at age five.

Theme Song

“Move On Up” — Curtis Mayfield

Bucket List

What are two things that you would like to achieve before you turn 40?

I want to continue to be a fierce advocate and trusted strategic partner for my clients and an effective driver of diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. I’d also like to take up yoga and meditation.

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