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Hollister Presents on Wetlands Law and Kelo v New London

March 27, 2015

Tim Hollister, Co-Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s 25-attorney Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, was a speaker at two recent conferences.  On March 19, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists, Tim spoke to an audience of 175 on the history and current status of wildlife and habitat regulation by municipal inland wetlands and watercourse commissions.  Tim was chosen for this topic as a result of his role as lead counsel in two Connecticut Supreme Court cases that substantially shaped the current law, AvalonBay v Wilton Inland Wetlands Commission (2003) and River Bend Associates v Simsbury Conservation Commission (2004).

On March 20, Tim participated on a panel at the 20th Annual Thomas R. Gallivan Jr. Conference on real property law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. This year’s conference marked the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in  Kelo v New London. Tim addressed the impact of Kelo on Connecticut eminent domain law, including the legislature’s 2007 revisions to procedures and standards for the exercise of the eminent domain power by local and state governments.

Tim handles a wide range of real estate and administrative law problems that arise in the context of land use and environmental matters, and has been recognized nationally for his work in wetlands regulation, eminent domain, and workforce and affordable housing development. He has represented developers, corporations, property owners, municipalities, boards of education, and neighborhood and environmental groups in administrative proceedings before local, state, regional and federal agencies and litigation in the state and federal trial courts, and has argued more than 30 cases in the state and federal appellate courts.

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