Shipman & Goodwin has promoted Danielle McGrath Braun ’05 and Miriam Lewis ’12 to partner as of January 1, 2023. Braun, a member of the firm’s School Law Practice Group, focuses on public finance and municipal law. Lewis practices in the areas of corporate and commercial finance. Both work in the firm’s Hartford office.
Douglas Dalena ’12 will serve as general counsel for the Connecticut Treasurer’s Office in Hartford, beginning in early 2023. Dalena previously worked as corporation counsel and director of legal affairs for the city of Stamford.
Silvia Schaffer ’12 has been was elected a partner at Everett Dorey LLP, where her practice focuses on complex catastrophic injury, product liability, transportation, medical malpractice cases, habitability and mold, and labor and employment. The firm has four offices in California.
Brendan Owens ’12 has been appointed to the Fieldstone Foundation’s board. Owens is currently a partner at the Stafford Owens Law Firm, where he practices in the fields of Business, Healthcare, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates.
Peter J. Maher ’12 was recently promoted to partner at Shipman & Goodwin. Maher has been with the firm since 2013 as part of its practice group for school law. Maher, a former special education teacher, represents boards of education and other entities in school law, with an emphasis on special education matters.
Mayor Caroline Simmons announced that she will appoint Doug Dalena ’12 to serve as Director of Legal Affairs for the City of Stamford. Currently, Dalena serves as Gov. Ned Lamont’s Deputy General Counsel where he has helped create and coordinate the legal framework for the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic well as advising state agencies on legal solutions to various policy issues.
The law firm Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP. announced the promotion of Silvia Schaffer ’12 to senior counsel, effective June 1, 2021. Schaffer, who works out of the firm’s Orange County, California, office, was previousy an associate focusing on complex catastrophic injury, product liability, transportation, and medical malpractice.
Erick Russell ’12 has been recognized in Connecticut’s 40 under 40. Russell is involved in governmental affairs, both as an attorney specializing in government finance and as vice chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party. He is also a Partner at the law firm of Pullman & Comley and he represents state and municipal governments in the issuance of bonds and other debt obligations.