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Partner - Matthew  Ranelli

Matthew Ranelli


New Haven: (203) 836-2805
Hartford: (860) 251-5748
New Haven Office, Hartford Office
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Matthew Ranelli's practice includes environmental, energy and land use law. His land use representation includes representing public and private clients before local, state agencies and in state court. These matters have included wetlands permits, zone changes, subdivision, site plans, special permits, variances, workforce and affordable housing, and enforcing and appealing administrative orders. In addition, he assists state and local agencies in drafting environmental and land use regulations and represents special districts and other clients in eminent domain, adverse possession and takings claims.

In environmental litigation matters, Matt handles state and federal Superfund actions, site remediation, enforcement defense, common law claims, and environmental permitting. He has represented the State of Connecticut, cities and towns, and private sector clients.

Matt also represents developers, schools, municipalities and other end-users regarding clean energy projects, green building standards, energy conservation and efficiency projects, energy savings performance contracts, electric and natural gas purchasing, and managing energy options.

Previously Matt was a legislative attorney at the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research where he served the environment and public health committees.


  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Environment (2014); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2015-2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Land Use & Zoning Law (2016-2021); Litigation-Land Use & Zoning, Municipal Law (2018-2021)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Energy & Natural Resources (2011-2020), Land Use/Zoning (2011-2015)
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation: James W. Cooper Fellow

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association:
    • Environmental Law Section, Chairman (2006-2007), Executive Committee (2002-present)
    • Planning and Zoning Section, Chairman (2012-2014), Executive Committee (2003-present)
  • New Haven County Bar Association: Environmental and Land Use Law Committee, Chairman (2008-2010)
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Green Bank; Board of Directors (2009-present)
  • New Haven Commission on Disabilities; Member (2007-present)
  • Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired; Member (2006-present)
  • New Haven Green Fund; Board of Directors (2009-2010)
  • Connecticut Clean Energy Fund; Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • New Haven Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen; Board of Directors (2001-2005)
  • Elm City Shakespeare; Board of Directors

Defended Beach Association Against Claims of Adverse Possession of Waterfront Property

Successfully defended a shoreline special taxing district at trial and in the Appellate Court against a claim of adverse possession that would have taken waterfront property and undermined district ownership of other waterfront properties. Representation involved a thorough investigation into deeds, covenants and actual use extending back to 1906. Aramony v. District of Chapman Beach 144 Conn. App. 514 (2013)

Manufacturing Client Secures the Largest C-Pace Financed Solar Project

Shipman & Goodwin represented Lesro Industries, Inc., a family-owned Connecticut manufacturing company in connection with the financing of the largest solar project financed by the Connecticut Green Bank’s, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. With approximately 3,200 solar panels installed on the roof of the company’s headquarters, Lesro expects to save approximately $30,000 in utility costs per year. In addition to no upfront costs to Lesro, the Company was also able to include certain roof upgrades in the project financing while still achieving significant energy cost savings and stable electric pricing over the next twenty years.
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Manufacturing Client Secures the Largest C-Pace Financed Solar Project
Successful Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Hotel Development
Post-Kelo Reforms Tested in Eminent Domain Case
Creating a Wastewater Management District
Wetlands Regulation
Acquisition of 238 Acres Inclusive of Equestrian Trails, Dock Access to the CT River and Six Distinct Properties in Lyme, CT
Heating Oil Purchase Contract Dispute
Zoning Relief and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Transit-Oriented Development
Clean Energy
Energy Savings Performance Contract
Multi-State Analysis of Standard Energy Purchase Agreement Provisions
Fuel Cells/Purchase and Power Purchase Agreements
Solar PV / Purchase and Power Purchase Agreements
15 MW Combined Heat and Power Re-power Project / Energy Services Agreement
Competitive Procurement Contracts
Geothermal Systems
Environmental Litigation
Defended Federal Lawsuit Involving Third-Party Claims Under CERCLA
Successfully Defended Noise Nuisance Allegations against Waste-to-Energy Facility
Defended Environmental Consulting Firm against Professional Malpractice Allegations
Environmental Insurance for Brownfield and Transfer Act Projects
Advised Manufacturer Regarding Diesel Fuel Additive Standards
Successfully Resolved RCRA Violations for Insecticide Manufacturer in North Carolina
Industrial and Specialty Chemical Compliance
Quarantine, Voluntary Disclosure and Corrective Action Plan
Completion of Domestic and Foreign Chemical Substance Notifications
Advised Manufacturer on Domestic and International Specialty Chemical Compliance Matters
Land Use Approvals and Litigation
Obtained Land Use Approvals for Several Gas Station/Convenience Stores
Defended Beach Association Against Claims of Adverse Possession of Waterfront Property
Obtained and Successfully Defended Zoning Approvals for New Public School
170 Home Luxury Communities
Appealed Wetlands Denial for 20 Lot Subdivision
Bio-Tech and Life Science Zone Change
Water Pollution Control Authority Assessment Appeal
Managed Complex Process for New Downtown and Cancer Center Zoning Regulations in New Haven, Connecticut
Successful Affordable Housing and Inland Wetlands Appeals for 129 Townhouses
Wetlands and Zoning Appeals Resulting in Approvals to Build Apartments
Approvals for 78 Townhouse Community
Appealed Zoning Denial 50 Apartment Multi-Family Development
Applications Before Municipal Commissions
Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
Acquisition of Biodiesel Production Plant
Real Estate Litigation
Defended Homeowner Against Boundary Line Dispute By Neighbor

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Practice Areas


  • Vermont Law School,
    M.S.L., 1997, summa cum laude,
    J.D., 1994
  • DePauw University, B.A., 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY
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