Michael King, Class of 2012 Alumni Spotlight

By Brian Metter

Attorney Michael King is a 2012 graduate of UConn Law and is currently an associate at Shipman & Goodwin, where he practices primarily in the area of Business Litigation.

Prior to attending law school, King received his Bachelor of Arts from Providence College in Political Science and Spanish. While at Providence College, King played goalkeeper on its Division 1 soccer team. He describes that experience as having built his leadership skills and contributed to his time management ability. He also worked for the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights dealing with discrimination claims, which initially sparked his interest in law. Then during the spring of his senior year, he interned at the Public Defenders Office in Providence.

After graduating from Providence College, King worked for Travelers Insurance in its Special Liability Group. In that capacity, King was exposed to litigation related to toxic torts and environmental cleanups, which solidified his decision to attend law school. King was happy to be accepted to UConn Law, as he knew he wanted to practice in Connecticut and was aware of its strong reputation in the state.

While in law school, King participated in a number of internships and clinical opportunities. For his 1L summer, King served as a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, working for Judge Bryant. He was also a legal intern for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General in the Department of Public Safety. As an intern in the Attorney General’s Office, King got valuable hands-on experience dealing with claims against the Department of Corrections and State Police, and remembers the thrill of arguing a motion to dismiss.

During King’s second summer, he worked as a summer associate at Shipman & Goodwin. He stated that he felt very grateful and lucky to have landed the position at the firm, as he feels there is something special about working at Shipman. He described his summer experience as kind of an eight-week interview, where he worked on a variety of interesting projects while getting to know the people that he is fortunate to now call his colleagues.

King was also a member of the Connecticut Law Review, and served as the online publications editor for Volume 44. King also stated that his “best memory while at UConn [Law] was working for the Asylum Clinic.”

After graduating from law school, King served as a judicial law clerk to both the Honorable Christine E. Keller and the Honorable Carmen E. Espinosa at the Connecticut Appellate Court.

King now works as a full-time associate in the litigation department at Shipman, and feels great going into work every day.