Shipman & Goodwin Adds Eight Lawyers From Philadelphia Firm

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Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin has added eight attorneys to its Washington, D.C., office. All are from the Philadelphia firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath and all handle complex insurance matters.

Shipman is Connecticut's third biggest law firm, with about 160 attorneys and 2012 gross annual revenues estimated at $70 million. It has offices in Hartford, Greenwich, Stamford and Lakeville, Conn.

Led by partners John Hockenbury and Douglas Mangel, the eight lawyers joining Shipman's Washington office include Joseph Bailey, Janet McFadden, Alex Karam, Ingrid Smith, Nena Mashaw and Michelle Beecy.

The group will continue to represent its current clients in connection with complex insurance coverage matters arising under directors and officers, errors and omissions and other professional liability insurance policies, including hedge fund, private equity and general partnership liability policies.

"We are delighted to welcome John Hockenbury and Doug Mangel and their highly accomplished team to Shipman & Goodwin," Scott Murphy, Shipman's managing partner, said in a prepared statement. "The addition of these experienced attorneys exemplifies our commitment to expanding the reach of our existing national insurance practice and we are extremely excited about our potential for growth in this area."

The new lawyers are coming to Shipman from a much bigger firm. Drinker, which has roughly 570 attorneys and offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, ranked 74th on the AmLaw 100 in 2013, with 2012 gross revenues of $392 million. The rankings are compiled by The American Lawyer, an affiliate of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

"Shipman & Goodwin is the right platform for our practice," said Hockenbury. "We join a strong existing national insurance practice [in Washington] and also gain talented colleagues in Connecticut who will allow us to grow the business and continue to provide first-rate service to our clients on a national basis."

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