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Associate - Amber N. Sarno

Amber N. Sarno


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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.


  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2017)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Land Use/Zoning (2013-2017)
  • Clerk, Judge F. Herbert Gruendel, Connecticut Appellate Court (2007-2008)
  • Dean's Scholar, Quinnipiac University School of Law (2004-2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Environmental Law Section; Planning & Zoning Section
  • Connecticut Developers Council
  • Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals

Prevailed in Zoning Appeal for Private School

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 and Resolved Cost Recovery Claim in Massachusetts for Oil Company

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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  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude
  • Providence College, B.A., 2001,
    magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
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