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Real Estate

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 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 

Real Estate Conveyancing, Development and Finance

Our real estate attorneys are involved in all aspects of real estate conveyancing, development and finance. We advise clients on a wide array of real estate issues in the sale and acquisition of real property, including title matters, easements, permitting, §1031 like-kind exchanges and tax incentives. We represent real estate developers in the entire development process, including permitting, construction, contracting and financing. Our development experience includes hotel, shopping center, residential and office projects. We also counsel both lender and borrower clients on a variety of financing alternatives, including first mortgage financing, mezzanine financing, multi-level financing with intercreditor arrangements, revenue bond and other tax-exempt financing, and various types of equity investment.

Commercial Leasing

Shipman & Goodwin's commercial leasing lawyers have extensive experience in all types of commercial leasing, including shopping centers, office buildings, medical facilities, industrial and technology parks, parking garages, restaurants, commercial airports, apartments and condominiums, and collateral issues such as environmental due diligence and compliance, assignments, subleasing, brokerage agreements and subordination and nondisturbance issues. The members of the practice also have in-depth experience with ground and air-rights leasing and sale-leaseback transactions. The lawyers practicing in this area routinely represent landlords and tenants throughout the state, the region and nationally.

Common Interest Ownership

Shipman & Goodwin's common interest ownership representation includes extensive experience in residential and commercial condominium developments, representing lenders, developers and unit owner associations. Since 1998 we have represented the largest and most valuable homeowners association in the state, covering more than 1400 acres and having an assessed value in excess of $1 billion. Our group includes Barry Hawkins, one of the co-authors of the Connecticut Condominium Manual, the definitive source of the most widely used documents and commentary for common interest community development.


Mary Jo Blain Andrews
(860) 251-5118
Hartford 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
Andrew N. Davis
(860) 251-5839
Hartford Office
Christine M. Donnelly
(860) 251-5098
Hartford Office
Marc R. Esterman
Stamford Office
New York Office
Michael J. Fritz
(860) 251-5735
Hartford Office
New York Office
Scott M. Gerard
(203) 324-8195
Stamford Office
New York Office
Robert E. Grady
(860) 251-5084
Hartford Office
Donald R. Gustafson
(203) 324-8103
Stamford Office
Barry C. Hawkins
Of Counsel
(203) 324-8104
Stamford Office
Lilia N. Hrekul
(860) 251-5417
Hartford Office
Gillian Ingraham
(203) 324-8144
Stamford Office
Nicole S. King
(203) 324-8164
Stamford Office
Miriam Godfrey Lewis
(860) 251-5007
Hartford Office
Gregory P. Muccilli
(203) 836-2806
New Haven Office
Kathleen M. Mylod
(860) 251-5332
Hartford Office
Kent S. Nevins
(203) 324-8163
Stamford Office
New York Office
William G. Rock
(860) 251-5121
Hartford Office
Arnold K. Shimelman
(860) 251-5816
Hartford Office
Kelly A. Trahan
(203) 324-8198
Stamford Office
New York Office
Suzanne W. Warnery
(860) 251-5172
Hartford Office
John E. Wertam
Of Counsel
(860) 251-5813
Hartford Office
Lisa M. Zana
(203) 324-8171
Stamford Office
New York Office


Land Use Approvals and Litigation
Site Plan and Wetlands Approvals for 124-unit Elderly Housing Development in New Haven
Zoning Approval for New STEM Building for University of New Haven
Zone Change Approval for 160 Cromwell Apartments
Approvals for 45-lot Open Space Subdivision in South Windsor
Real Estate Litigation
Prevailed for Developer in Injunction Action Seeking to Enforce Unsigned Property Sale Contract
$10.8M Financing for the Construction of a Condominium unit development in Haverstraw, New York
$17.5M Financing for the Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings into an Inn, Spa and Restaurant in Peekskill, New York
$8.8M Financing for the Rehabilitation and Construction of a Theater Company in Norwalk, Connecticut
$16.7M Financing for an Affordable Housing Project in Meriden, Connecticut
$3.4M Financing for a Mixed-Use Project in Norwalk, Connecticut
$7.5M Revolving Line of Credit Loan Secured by Viatical Life Settlements
$44M Financing for the Redevelopment and Construction of Retail Center in Chappaqua, New York
$40M Financing for the Construction of a Multi-Family Apartment Complex in Stamford, Connecticut
$65M Syndicated Construction Financing for a Mixed-Use Residential and Commercial Building in New Haven, Connecticut
$6.7M Financing for the Construction of a Multi-Family Apartment Complex Subject to HUD Restrictions in New Haven, Connecticut
$18.2M Construction Financing for a Commercial Office Building with Ground Floor Retail in New York with a $2.5M Revolving Line of Credit
$3.9M Financing for the Construction of Apartments in Brooklyn, New York
$9M Financing for the Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Building with Affordable Housing Units in Westport, Connecticut
$8M Financing for an Office Building Complex Involving a Ground Lease Structure in Chappaqua, New York
$32.7M Financing for an Office Building in Greenwich, Connecticut
$5M Financing on a Tenant-In-Common Owned Commercial Office and Retail Space in Mount Kisco, New York
$16M Tax Credit Financing Construction to Permanent Loan
Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for Federally Qualified Health Center
$62 Million Syndicated Credit Facility
$75 Million Credit Facility
$38 Million Asset-Based Line of Credit
$36 Million in CMBS Loans
$71 Million CMBS Workout
$25 Million Credit Facility
$15 Million Term Loan
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Loan Originations
Manufacturing Client Secures the Largest C-Pace Financed Solar Project
Finance and Development Counsel for New York City Developers and Investors
Assumption of Control and Operation of Rentschler Field and the XL Center
School Building Construction Negotiations
Restructuring of Ten Shopping Center Portfolio
Acquisition of a Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Jersey
Construction of New Hotel Property
College Hotel and Conference Center Development
Counsel to Major New York City Investor
Ownership Restructure of Major Hotel at Connecticut Airport
$1 Billion Public/Private Urban Renewal Project
Liquidation of Portfolio of 60 Hotels
Counsel to Dow Hotels for the Purchase of the Ramada Inn, Norfolk, Virginia
Joint Venture for Development of a Hotel
Development of Two Hotels at New England Airport
Representation of Two New England Hotels Affiliated With Major Universities
$18.6 Million Development of a Green Parking Facility
Purchase and Redevelopment of Approximately 400 Acres of Property in the Town of Preston, Connecticut
$26 Million Former G. Fox Building
$1.6 Billion Proposed Development Project by Utopia Studios Ltd.
Largest State Acquisition of Open Space Land in State's History
Airport Hotel Facility
$97 Million REIT Acquisition of 13 Separate Industrial, Commercial and Office Properties
New Litchfield County Courthouse Property Acquisition and Construction
Acquisition Expansion and Refinancing of Regional Distribution Facility
Acquisition and Financing of Portfolio of Fifteen Midwestern Hotels
Office Leasing Agreements for NYSE Company in Ten States
New Markets Tax Credit Financing for Federally Qualified Health Center
Acquisition and Financing of Luxury Apartment Community
Empire State Building Lease
Acquisition and Construction Financing for National Developer
Negotiations for Leasing, Management and Operation of Parking Facilities
$3 Billion in Tax-Exempt Conduit Bond Project Financings
Major Airline Leasing of Terminal Gates and Space at Bradley International Airport
Rentschler Field Acquisition, Development of 40,000 Person Football Stadium
Reduction of Off-Street Parking Space Requirements
College Campus and Community Sports Complex Development
Obtained Municipal Permits Under Connecticut's Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act
Financing and Development of Vacant Industrial into 80,000 Square Feet of Self-Storage
Downtown New Haven Relocation of Gateway Community College
Subleasing of Commercial Space in Stamford, CT Office Towers
Negotiations for Purchase/Lease of 40,000 Sq. Ft. Facility
Redevelopment of Downtown Stamford Connecticut Property
Five-Year Liquidation of 50 Hotels
Hotel Portfolio Liquidation
Structuring and Negotiation of Master Lease for the Development of University Housing in Downtown Stamford, CT
Approval of Property Disposition and Development Agreement Between the Town of Preston and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Morgan Street Garage Joint Ownership Agreement
Acquisition, Financing and Development of Several Major Projects throughout the United States
Acquisition of Portfolio of Residential Apartment Buildings in New Haven and Related Financing
$450 Million Joint Venture to Acquire Fee Interest in the "Lipstick Building"
$205M Joint Venture for Co-Development of New York City Mixed-Used Project
$120 Million Hartford Development "The Learning Corridor"
Subdivision of an Industrial Site
Development, Construction and Refinancing of Hotel for National Chain
National Leasing in Malls for International Retailer
Hartford Civic Center Redevelopment
Acquisition of former American Can Headquarters
$23 Million Restructuring Permitting Quasi-State Agency Investment
Headquarters Development for Billion-dollar Hedge Fund
$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mortgage Loan Acquisition
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Loan Acquisition


October 2, 2019  CLE Event: Webinar: Recent Updates to Connecticut Property Law
June 10, 2019  2019 Connecticut Legal Conference
May 9, 2019  CLE Event: CLE Webinar: Cross-Border Real Estate Investment in the United States
April 10, 2019  HBRA of CT Developers Forum
March 20, 2019  CLE Event: CLE Webinar: Cross-Border Real Estate Investment in the United Kingdom
March 6, 2019  Brownfield Redevelopment: Challenges & Solutions for Commercial Real Estate Issues in Connecticut
February 20, 2019  Protecting Your Property Rights: How to Win the Games Governments Play
November 7, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Commercial Leasing Strategies (Part I of II)
June 11, 2018  CBA 2018 Connecticut Legal Conference
April 11, 2018  Managing Environmental Risks with Environmental Insurance when Buying, Owning or Financing Commercial Real Estate
January 25, 2018  Environmental Issues in Connecticut Real Estate Lending: There is Risk and There is Risk that Matters
September 7, 2017  Recent Updates in Connecticut Real Property Law
June 27, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Recent Updates in Connecticut Real Property Law
June 12, 2017  CBA 2017 Connecticut Legal Conference
March 15, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Leasing Considerations and Strategies
February 2, 2017  The Baby-Boomer BOOM: Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities Panel Discussion
June 13, 2016  CBA 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference
October 28, 2015  Real Estate Board of New York Environmental Forum
June 3, 2015  New HUD Rules
October 22 - 25, 2014  2014 ICSC: U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference
October 24, 2013  CREW Regional Board Meeting and Member Reception
October 16-19, 2013  ICSC: Disclosing the Secrets about Confidentiality Agreements
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