Amber Sarno is a member of the Real Estate, Environmental, Energy and Land Use Practice Group. She focuses her practice primarily in the areas of land use permitting and litigation, environmental litigation, and representation of municipalities and quasi-governmental agencies on a variety of issues. Amber’s experience includes representation of public and private clients before local and state agencies, and in state and federal court, regarding site development applications, administrative appeals, takings and eminent domain matters, fair housing claims, and environmental cleanup and cost recovery actions. Amber also practices in the area of environmental counseling including representation of private schools regarding compliance with various local, state, and federal regulatory requirements.
Amber also practices generally in the area of litigation including contract disputes for private companies. Amber has litigated cases to trial both in federal and state court. She has also represented private companies and individuals before Connecticut State Agencies regarding regulatory issues. Amber also provides pro bono legal services to the New Haven Legal Assistance Association representing tenants in eviction disputes; ImmaCare Inc. assisting with attaining zoning approvals for its shelter facility; Connecticut Veterans Legal Center representing veterans facing eviction; and to Lawyers for Children America where she represents children in family court. Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Amber was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Successfully prosecuted an administrative appeal in Stamford Superior Court for a Montessori School challenging the denial by a municipal planning and zoning commission of its special permit application to increase its enrollment and build a new parking lot. The court issued a 54-page decision agreeing with our arguments that each of the Commission's five reasons for denial was not supported by substantial evidence in the record. Click here for a copy of the decision.
Defended a major oil company in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Massachusetts (after removal from state court) in an action seeking reimbursement of remediation costs under the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act. The plaintiff, a retail developer and the current property owner, alleged that the oil company was responsible for all of its remediation costs at a site that the oil company had historically owned and occupied as a gasoline filling station. Negotiated a favorable settlement of the claims based, in part, on evidence that was developed concerning intervening third-party liability.
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