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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 15. Leander Dolphin

HBJ FILE PHOTO Shipman & Goodwin Managing Partner Leander Dolphin.

As managing partner of Hartford law firm Shipman & Goodwin, Leander Dolphin leads one of the state’s largest legal firms with 134 Connecticut attorneys. 

Dolphin took over the firm’s leadership role last year, and her stature within Greater Hartford’s legal industry has only grown since then. 

In October, Gov. Ned Lamont appointed Dolphin to serve as chairperson of the 12-member Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, which is responsible for seeking out and recommending judges for the Superior, Appellate and Supreme courts.

“Leander’s background in private practice, including her years of counsel to educational institutions and organizations that foster the development of children, make her more than qualified to serve on this commission,” Lamont said of her appointment. 

Dolphin began her legal career in 2004 and has led Shipman & Goodwin’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee. 

In her practice, she regularly advises universities, colleges, public school districts, independent schools and other clients on a variety of education and employment matters. 

Prior to joining Shipman, Dolphin was the vice president of human resources and general counsel for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. 

Dolphin graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 and received her law degree from Howard University School of Law in 2004.

With its headquarters at One Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford, Shipman & Goodwin also has offices in New Haven, Old Lyme, Stamford, Greenwich, Lakeville and New York. 

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