Shari M. Goodstein

Shari M. Goodstein

Founding Partner

New York, NY / Stamford, CT

Shari partners with employers and employees to solve their employment law concerns before disputes arise, and in mediation, court and arbitration. She is a trusted, strategic and practical advisor, and a tireless advocate.

More About Shari

Before forming Goodstein Law Firm in 2020, Shari practiced as an employment advisor and litigator for over 3 decades, primarily as a partner at a major regional firm, focusing on providing employment law advice, litigating workplace disputes, conducting internal investigations, and negotiating severance agreements. She is a trial attorney with a strong record of success in court and arbitrations. Shari has extensive experience negotiating favorable resolutions of employment and commercial disputes, including in over 75 mediations.

In her current practice, Shari negotiates lucrative severance agreements for executives, provides employment law advice to employers and employees in New York and Connecticut, and conducts workplace investigations of employee misconduct. She also litigates and arbitrates disputes, including over employment contracts, non-competes and executive compensation.

Shari spent most of her legal career as an Employment and Litigation Partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in New York and Connecticut, and also litigated disputes at Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and the New York City Law Department.

  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude
  • New York, Connecticut
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and Connecticut
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Pro Bono/Community
  • Small Business Clinic: Advising small businesses in CT on COVID related obligations
  • City Bar Justice Center:  Advising low wage NYC employees on employment issues, including review of severance agreements, entitlement to sick leave and wage and hour concerns
  • Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), NYC: advising families on navigating NYC Family Courts
  • Project Music, modeled after El Sistema: Development Committee
  • Israel Cancer Research Fund, former Board member