Shipman & Goodwin is pleased to announce thatKeegan Drenosky has been named one of Fairfield County Business Journal's 40 Under Forty for 2022. The annual award honors forty individuals who are dynamic industry leaders and are part of Fairfield County's business growth.

This year's winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 16 at the Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.

Keegan Drenosky is a labor and employment law associate in the Stamford office of Shipman & Goodwin LLP representing private businesses, which range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller start-up enterprises, as well as manufacturers, restaurants, health care providers, quasi-public agencies and municipalities. Keegan's practice involves defending these employers in cases involving claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and violations of a wide variety of employment-related laws including leave requirements and wage and hour regulations. During the pandemic, she spent much of her time guiding and counseling clients through the many new employment rules, regulations and policy changes impacting employers. This year, she is intensifying these efforts to assist her clients' strong return to the "new normal," creating return to work and hybrid strategies that allow her clients to address lingering pandemic-related challenges with minimal disruption to their businesses.

Keegan provides numerous hours of pro-bono representation, assisting local non-profit clients with personnel issues and revisions to their employee handbooks and policies, in addition to handling several matters on a pro bono basis in the Connecticut District Court. She advises the United Way of Western Connecticut as a member of its Human Resources Committee, assisting the organization as it seeks to increase access for affordable care and education, healthy food, and tools for financial stability to families in need in Fairfield County.

Keegan is very involved in the Stamford-Fairfield County community. She earned a seat on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Bar Association. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Bar Foundation, where she helps raise money through an annual golf outing and other popular philanthropic events.

Outside of the legal world, Keegan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mill River Park Collaborative, a nonprofit organization with 12 acres of urban park land in the heart of Stamford, Connecticut. The Collaborative works with the City of Stamford and private donors to make the Park an important community resource that offers not only an evolving green space, but also provides extensive programing for the local community. She utilizes her labor and employment knowledge to assist the non-profit in handling employment policy issues, as well as a wide variety of other legal issues that arise in running the public-private partnership.

Keegan is also a member of the Workforce Enhancement Committee for Manufacture CT, which communicates the workforce and educational needs of CT manufacturers to federal, state and local political representatives and pursues other initiatives to ensure that member manufacturers have a skilled, focused and well-trained workforce.

"I am honored to be recognized with many of my peers as a leader in our community," said Keegan, "and I look forward to continuing to contribute wherever I can to enhance business development at Shipman as well as in Fairfield County and beyond."