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Real Estate and Land Use

Shipman & Goodwin has extensive, diverse experience in real estate law. More than a dozen attorneys in our Hartford, Stamford and Greenwich offices, supported by experienced paralegals, devote their practices primarily to real estate. 

The services provided by our real estate group include:

  • Commercial conveyancing
  • Condominiums and other common interest ownership communities
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Easements and interests in real property
  • Eminent domain
  • Environmental due diligence and risk management
  • Foreclosure
  • Historic preservation
  • Industrial revenue bond financing
  • Leasing
  • Property tax appeals
  • Public–private redevelopment projects
  • Real estate-based commercial finance
  • Residential purchases, sales and all other forms of residential transactions
  • Title matters
  • Syndications

Land Use Permitting and Litigation
Our experience in land use encompasses eminent domain, inverse condemnation, exactions and other constitutional property rights claims, affordable housing, fair housing, drafting and enforcement of regulations, historic preservation, mineral rights and earth materials, specific performance, landlord and tenant, common interest ownership communities, quiet title, tax appeals, and foreclosures. We represent clients before state and local agencies in administrative proceedings, and in civil actions in the state and federal trial and appellate courts, involving permitting, injunctions, compensation and damages, and enforcement. We represent businesses, associations, individuals, non-profits and government agencies in these matters.



Mary Jo Blain Andrews
(860) 251-5118
Hartford Office
Tyler E. Archer
(860) 251-5234
Hartford Office
Laurann Asklof
(860) 251-5317
Hartford Office
Alison P. Baker
(202) 741-4887
Washington, DC Office
Kristie A. Beahm
(860) 251-5334
Hartford Office
Coleman H. Casey
Of Counsel
(860) 251-5112
Hartford Office
Carolyn J. Cavolo
(203) 324-8153
Stamford Office
Greenwich Office
Christine L. Chipman
(860) 251-5048
Hartford Office
Andrew N. Davis
(860) 251-5839
Hartford Office
Andrea L. Gomes
(860) 251-5664
Hartford Office
Donald R. Gustafson
(203) 324-8103
Stamford Office
Timothy S. Hollister
(860) 251-5601
Hartford Office
Lilia N. Hrekul
(860) 251-5417
Hartford Office
Nicole S. King
(203) 324-8164
Stamford Office
Aaron D. Levy
(860) 251-5893
Hartford Office
Gregory P. Muccilli
(203) 836-2806
New Haven Office
Kathleen M. Mylod
(860) 251-5332
Hartford Office
Pascal F. Naples
(860) 251-5223
Hartford Office
Kent S. Nevins
(203) 324-8163
Stamford Office
New York Office
Robert J. O'Brien
(860) 251-5789
Hartford Office
Matthew Ranelli
(203) 836-2805
New Haven Office
Hartford Office
William G. Rock
(860) 251-5121
Hartford Office
Arnold K. Shimelman
(860) 251-5816
Hartford Office
Suzanne W. Warnery
(860) 251-5172
Hartford Office
John E. Wertam
Of Counsel
(860) 251-5813
Hartford Office
Joseph P. Williams
(203) 836-2804
New Haven Office
Hartford Office
Lisa M. Zana
(203) 324-8171
Stamford Office
New York Office


Land Use Approvals and Litigation
Defended Beach Association Against Claims of Adverse Possession of Waterfront Property
Zoning Approval for 114 Market and Affordable Apartments
Shipman & Goodwin Helps Protect Homeowners From Expansion of Race Track
Acquisition of a $4.5 Million Mezzanine Loan
Acquisition of Multiple Mezzanine Loans Related to Properties in New Orleans, Indianapolis and Milwaukee
Successful Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Hotel Development
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Loan Origination
Hotel Acquisition and Disposition
Transit Oriented Development
Significant Ruling Clarifies Scope of Environmental Regulation
Environmental Remediation of Contaminated River and Property
$203 Million Financing for University Health Ambulatory Care Center
Post-Kelo Reforms Tested in Eminent Domain Case
Green Building
$1 Billion Public/Private Urban Renewal Project
$18.6 Million Development of a Green Parking Facility
Purchase and Redevelopment of Approximately 400 Acres of Property in the Town of Preston, Connecticut
Takings and Eminent Domain
$26 Million Former G. Fox Building
Workforce and Affordable Housing Development
Largest State Acquisition of Open Space Land in State's History
Acquisition of Properties for Higher Education Purposes in the Greater New Haven, Connecticut Area
Shipman & Goodwin's Land Use Team Prevails in Minnesota Case
Affordable Housing Financing
Acquisition and Financing of New Corporate Headquarters for a New York Based Company
Disposition of Real Property in Hartford, Connecticut
$97 Million REIT Acquisition of 13 Separate Industrial, Commercial and Office Properties
Land Use Approvals for 30-Unit Residential Apartment Community in Downtown New Haven
$120 Million Hartford Development "The Learning Corridor"
Acquisition of a $4.5 Million Subordinate Mortgage B Note and Origination of Related $5 Million Mezzanine Loan
Acquisition of a $20 Million Mezzanine Loan Indirectly Secured by Properties in the Mid-Atlantic Region
$23 Million Restructuring Permitting Quasi-State Agency Investment
Acquisition and Development of Jamaica, New York Hilton Hotel
$10 Million Mezzanine Loan Origination Indirectly Secured by a Historic Property Leased by a University in Downtown Chicago
Attained Approval for Apartment Development in Essex, CT
Acquisition of a $20 Million Subordinate Mortgage B Note
Origination of a $10 Million Mezzanine Loan Related to a Hospitality Property in Virginia
Multi-Year Development of Major Manhattan Mixed-Use Properties
Zoning Relief and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Transit-Oriented Development
Acquisition of a $10 Million Mezzanine Loan Indirectly Secured by Properties in the New York Metropolitan Area
$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project
Acquisition of 238 Acres Inclusive of Equestrian Trails, Dock Access to the CT River and Six Distinct Properties in Lyme, CT
Represented Toll Brothers, Inc. in Acquisition of Property for Large Mixed Use Developments in Stamford and Norwalk
Disposition of State University Campus
Land Use Approvals for 96-Unit Mixed Use, New Haven Transit-Oriented Development


May 7, 2020  Land Use and Building Permit Deadlines Stayed by Executive Order
April 13, 2020  COVID-19: As Government Orders Require Businesses to Shut Down, Landlords and Tenants Should Review Condemnation Clauses In Their Leases
April 9, 2020  New Mandatory Safe Workplace Rules for Construction Sites in Connecticut - Executive Order 7V
March 23, 2020  Gov. Lamont's Executive Order 7I, Modifying Procedures and Deadlines for Municipal Land Use
March 19, 2020  Governor Lamont's Order Regarding Public Agency Meetings
March 18, 2020  COVID-19: Delays May Affect Construction Project Schedules and Budgets
February 6, 2020  2020 Land Use Legal Developments
January 6, 2020  Recent Changes to Real Estate Tax Assessment Deferral Program Impact Developers and Owners of New Haven Properties
June 27, 2019  U.S. Supreme Court Overturns State-Exhaustion Requirement For Federal Takings Claims, Providing Landowners With A Direct Path To Federal Court
June 27, 2019  U.S. Supreme Court Reopens the Federal Courthouse Door to Property Owners' Takings Claims
October 19, 2017  The 2017 Amendments to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act, General Statutes § 8-30g (Public Act 17-170)
July 25, 2017  Recent Updates to Connecticut Statutory Landlord/Tenant Law
July 2016  Who Cares What the Pundits Think of Kelo?*
July 11, 2016  Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention
February 22, 2016  Joe Williams quoted in CT Law Tribune article, "Used-Car Dealership's Case Stalls in Supreme Court"
October 13, 2015  EPA Proposes Long-Awaited Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals by Healthcare Facilities
September 17, 2015  A Busy Summer for Environmental and Land Use Law
June 26, 2015  More Stringent "Significant Environmental Hazard" Reporting Requirements to Take Effect July 1, 2015
November 10, 2014  State Energy Strategy Includes Boost
November 4, 2014  The Connecticut Transfer Act and Connecticut Environmental Remediation Programs Update
October 6, 2014  Municipal Codes Can Bolster Sustainability Efforts
Summer 2014  Expanding Clean Energy
June 18, 2014  National Association of Home Builders, "Koontz Toolkit"
July 9, 2013  U.S. Supreme Court Places Its Thumb On The Land Use Scale
June 18, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
June 6, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
June 5, 2013  Business and Legal Implications for Environmental Consulting Firms
May 30, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 22, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 8, 2013  Environmental 'Sandbagging' In Corporate Transactions
February 25, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
January 21, 2013  Rising Sea Levels Could Affect Zoning Laws
January 11, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
October 18, 2012  Lending on Contaminated Properties: Using Environmental Insurance to Manage Environmental Risks & Get the Deal Closed
June 19, 2012  Public Act 12-182: Completing The Improvements To Our Performance Bond Law
May 10, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 27, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 2012  U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Discharge Rule: New Requirements and Risks
March 16, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 8, 2012  Green Building: Starting To Show Us The Money
February 8, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update


January 7, 2020  Shipman & Goodwin Promotes Ten to Partner, Elevates One to Counsel
August 15, 2019  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Attorneys
November 16, 2018  Shipman & Goodwin Launches Opportunity Zones Team
November 1, 2018  Shipman & Goodwin LLP Ranked Among 2019 "Best Law Firms"
August 15, 2018  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
April 9, 2018  Kent Nevins Named a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
April 5, 2018  Gregory Muccilli Becomes a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
November 22, 2017  Firm Negotiates Fourth Largest NYC Retail Lease in October
November 1, 2017  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2018 "Best Law Firms"
August 15, 2017  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
November 1, 2016  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2017 "Best Law Firms"
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
March 28, 2016  Matt Ranelli Reappointed to Connecticut Green Bank Board
November 2, 2015  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2016 "Best Law Firms"
August 14, 2015  Firm Secures Key Environmental Ruling in CT Supreme Court
June 10, 2015  Cavolo Elected to Executive Board of CBA Real Property Section
November 3, 2014  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2015 "Best Law Firms"
February 4, 2014  National Home Builders Conference Presentation
November 1, 2013  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2014 "Best Law Firms"
August 8, 2013  Three Senior Construction Attorneys Join Firm
February 13, 2013  Hollister Among Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut
November 1, 2012  Firm Ranked Among 2013 "Best Law Firms"
September 13, 2012  Six Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 28, 2012  Gustafson Selected President of Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut's Fairfield/Westchester Chapter
May 15, 2012  Hawkins Becomes Board Member Emeritus of Land Trust
February 27, 2012  Joseph Williams Appointed to Connecticut's New Shoreline Preservation Task Force


November 16, 2020  Tipping Point: Connecticut's Affordable Housing Conference
October 16, 2020  Motley Speaker Series: Equity Through Zoning Reform in Connecticut
February 20, 2019  Protecting Your Property Rights: How to Win the Games Governments Play
December 19, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: The New Opportunity Zones Program: What Businesses and Investors Need to Know
October 26, 2018  HBRA LANDS Housing Law CLE & Roundtable
October 4, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Sewer Laws and Wars: How Sewers Shape Development in Connecticut
October 3, 2018  Webinar: Hot Topics in Environmental and Renewable Energy Law for Independent Schools
November 15, 2017  CLE Event: Identifying and Overcoming Stereotypes & Racial and Economic Prejudice in Housing
March 17, 2017  Finding Solid Ground: Environmental and Land Use Dispute Resolution in CT
March 16, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial & Residential Real Estate Practitioner
February 24, 2017  Stormwater Management: The New MS4 Permit Regulations Are Here - Now What?
April 25, 2016  Farm Renewable Energy & Efficiency Seminar
October 28, 2015  Real Estate Board of New York Environmental Forum
April 24, 2015  2015 LANDS Roundtable & Workshop
April 24, 2015  IMLA's 2015 Mid-Year Seminar
March 20, 2015  Post-Kelo Legal Changes
March 19, 2015  History of Wetlands Wildlife Regulation and Case Law
March 4, 2014  School Construction Projects: Managing the Risks, Controlling the Costs
February 4-6, 2014  NAHB: Avoiding Extortion in Development Permits - Exactions, Property Rights & the Supreme Court
June 5, 2013  Webinar: Business and Legal Implications for Environmental Consulting Firms: Lessons Learned from the Stratus/Chevron Ecuador Debacle
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