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If Hartford Files for Bankruptcy

By David M. S. Shaiken

If the City of Hartford files for bankruptcy, creditors of the City will be affected in a variety of ways. It is likely that the City will seek to renegotiate its obligations to bondholders, retirees and employees.… Read More

Property Tax Appeals In Connecticut

There are a number of municipalities undergoing revaluation this year.  If you are a property owner in these towns, you will soon receive a letter advising you of your new assessment.  The list below is of municipalities currently conducting a town-wide/city-wide revaluation. 

Andover; Ashford; Beacon Falls; Bridgewater; Brookfield; Colchester; Columbia; Cornwall; East Hartford; East Haven; East Lyme; Easton; Enfield; Griswold; Groton; Hartford; Hebron; Killingworth; Lisbon; Manchester; Meriden; Middlebury; Middlefield; Milford; Montville; New Haven; North Stonington; Plainville; Plymouth; Portland; Salem; Shelton; Thomaston; Vernon; Westbrook; West Hartford; Wolcott; Woodstock

As you may know, the statutory deadline to file an application with the Board of Assessment Appeals is February 20th.   Some municipalities may seek an extension to publish their grand lists which, in turn, extends the deadline for property owners to file the application to March 20th. 

The following representative list includes our firm’s recent property tax appeal settlements resulting in assessment reductions:

2016 Settlements*:

Corporate office in Norwalk, Connecticut.… Read More

2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers

Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC is proud to announce the selection of David M.S. Shaiken to the 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers list.  The Super Lawyers selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.… Read More

Second Circuit Expands “Cat’s Paw” Theory of Liability

By:  C. Scott Schwefel

On August 29, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in Vasquez v Empress Ambulance Service, Inc. (No 15-3239-cv), expanded the theory of employment discrimination liability generally referred to as the “cat’s paw” theory.    

The term “cat’s paw” comes from a 17th century Aesop fable about a monkey and a cat.… Read More


West Hartford, CT, United States — Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC is pleased to announce that two lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  David Shaiken and Mark Shipman were, again, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of commercial litigation, real estate law and real estate litigation.… Read More

Becoming a Florida Resident – A Check List

By: Mark S. Shipman

Whether you have ceased to be a resident of Connecticut and have, successfully changed your residence is a question of fact.  There are no guarantees that your change will be recognized by Connecticut.  This is especially true if, shortly after leaving, you have a significant financial event.  However, the more indicia of residency that you can establish in Florida, and the longer you can show a disassociation with your former residence, the more likely that Connecticut will be unable to show you are still a resident there.… Read More


Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

We are pleased to announce that Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 3 practice areas.  Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.… Read More