Joseph Williams is a member of the firm's seven-person Management Committee.
Joe is a member of the Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. He practices in the areas of environmental and land use permitting and litigation, primarily representing private companies, developers and property owners in a wide array of real estate-related proceedings including site development applications, administrative appeals, adverse possession, boundary and easement disputes, injunction actions, eminent domain, affordable housing, constitutional claims such as takings, religious freedom and fair housing, and environmental clean-up and cost recovery actions. He also has represented several municipalities, boards of education, independent schools and state agencies in such matters. Joe regularly appears before federal, state and local administrative agencies on such matters as well as trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level. He is also frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness in these practice areas.
Represented the Cappelli Organization, a successful commercial real estate developer based in White Plains, NY which had built a shopping center in Milford, CT. Cappelli was negotiating a lease for one of the pad sites with an affiliate of ConnectiCare, Inc., which wanted to build out a walk-in retail insurance center. The negotiations broke down and Cappelli declined to sign the lease. ConnectiCare sued the Cappelli affiliate in New Britain Superior Court seeking specific performance of the unsigned lease on the grounds that it had spent money on preparations during the negotiations and the Cappelli site was the only property that met its site criteria. Along with its complaint, ConnectiCare filed a motion for temporary injunction seeking to force Cappelli to deliver immediate possession of the space to ConnectiCare, which would have caused Cappelli to breach its lease with another tenant. The temporary injunction hearing went forward before Judge Shortall in July 2016. Once ConnectiCare rested its case, Attorney Williams moved to dismiss ConnectiCare’s injunction claim. Judge Shortall orally denied the temporary injunction motion, finding that ConnectiCare had acted unfairly, did not rely on Cappelli in deciding to do the work, was not likely to succeed on the merits, had not shown irreparable harm, and that the balancing of the equities favored Cappelli. Soon after, ConnectiCare withdrew its lawsuit. The case was Care Management Solutions, Inc. v. CG Milford, LLC, Docket No. HHB-CV16-6033469-S.
Represented a limited partnership that owns a commercial building in Norwalk, Connecticut on environmental cost recovery claims against the housing authority that owns an adjacent public housing development. After a lengthy trial, the court found that the housing authority had allowed underground storage tanks containing heating oil to leak and cause substantial soil and groundwater contamination at its property. The court granted the plaintiff an injunction requiring the defendant to remediate its property under the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act and awarded the plaintiff its attorneys’ fees. 50 Day Street Associates, Limited Partnership v. Norwalk Housing Authority, Connecticut Superior Court, Complex Litigation Docket at Stamford, Docket No. (X08) CV-02-0191396-S (2005).
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