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Anne Littlefield, 2024 Women in Business Honoree

Partner and General Counsel Shipman & Goodwin LLP Check out the rest of the 2024 Women in Business Honorees
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Anne Littlefield is a partner and general counsel at law firm Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford.

She represents schools in labor relations, employment and education law, including collective bargaining, personnel policies and practices, constitutional law, special education, student discipline, freedom of information and education policies.

Littlefield also serves as general counsel to Shipman & Goodwin itself, and is the first woman to serve in that role in the firm’s 105-year history.

She oversees risk management, legal ethics, corporate governance and professional responsibility for Shipman’s nearly 300 lawyers and administrative personnel.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

My goal is to ensure that we are consistently and consciously inclusive when making hiring, promotion and other critical organizational and business decisions. I am proud of how far we have come, and I aim to continue to champion a more inclusive legal community.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

One of my priorities over the years has been to share my knowledge and experience — as well as my friendship and support — with my younger colleagues.

Leading through the pandemic has been a challenge as we’ve tried to balance mentorship and leadership with an increasingly distant and hybrid workforce.

How are you involved in the community?

I am currently serving as a board member for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, on the planning and zoning commission and open space committee of my hometown of Lyme, and as vestry clerk for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex.

I previously served as vice-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s education law committee, as president of the Connecticut School Attorneys Council, and on the board of directors of the National School Boards’ Association Council of School Attorneys.

What legacy do you want to leave after your career is over?

When my career ends, I hope people can say of me that I always tried to do the right thing in every challenging situation, and that I was a consistent voice for fairness at work, in the wider practice of law, and in the communities in which I lived and worked.

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