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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
Hartford Office
Rebecca B. Brown
(203) 324-8196
Stamford Office
Coleman H. Casey
Of Counsel
(860) 251-5112
Hartford Office
Dame Rose S. Catalan
Hartford Office
Carolyn J. Cavolo
(203) 863-6405
Stamford Office
Greenwich Office
Jessica Colin-Greene
Hartford Office
Andrew N. Davis
(860) 251-5839
Hartford Office
Christine M. Donnelly
(860) 251-5098
Hartford Office
Marc R. Esterman
Stamford Office
Michael J. Fritz
(860) 251-5735
Hartford Office
New York Office
Scott M. Gerard
(203) 324-8195
Stamford Office
New York Office
Lisa Denise Gladke
(860) 251-5925
Hartford Office
Donald R. Gustafson
(203) 324-8103
Stamford Office
Barry C. Hawkins
Of Counsel
(203) 324-8104
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
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
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
Construction of New Hotel Property
Ownership Restructure of Major Hotel at Connecticut Airport
Joint Venture for Development of a Hotel
Development of Two Hotels at New England Airport
Counsel to Major New York City Investor
Representation of Two New England Hotels Affiliated With Major Universities
Acquisition of a Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Jersey
College Hotel and Conference Center Development
$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
$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
$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
Acquisition of former American Can Headquarters
Negotiations for Leasing, Management and Operation of Parking Facilities
$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mortgage Loan Acquisition
$400 Million Joint Venture to Acquire Fee Interest in the "Lipstick Building"
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Loan Acquisition
$23 Million Restructuring Permitting Quasi-State Agency Investment
Headquarters Development for Billion-dollar Hedge Fund
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
$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
Approval of Property Disposition and Development Agreement Between the Town of Preston and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Morgan Street Garage Joint Ownership Agreement
Structuring and Negotiation of Master Lease for the Development of University Housing in Downtown Stamford, CT
Acquisition, Financing and Development of Several Major Projects throughout the United States
Five-Year Liquidation of 50 Hotels
Hotel Portfolio Liquidation
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
Acquisition and Construction Financing for National Developer


December 27, 2018  Qualified Opportunity Zones
October 19, 2017  The 2017 Amendments to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act, General Statutes ยง 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?*
August 9, 2016  Sellers of Certain Connecticut Real Estate Required to Attach Housing Disclosure Form To Purchase Agreements
October 1, 2015  Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program
June 19, 2012  Public Act 12-182: Completing The Improvements To Our Performance Bond Law
November 7, 2011  Adding To The Value Of Health Care Construction
September 21, 2011  Our Amended Performance Bond Law: Sensible Changes, But More Needed
July 28, 2011  Multi-Family Rental Housing: Opportunities and Challenges
May 26, 2011  Changes in Real Estate Conveyance Tax Rates
April 11, 2011  Removing Age-Restrictions On Residential Developments
October 27, 2010  New Law Changes Retainage Limitations on Construction Contracts
August 21, 2009  Legislature Establishes Remediation Deadlines Under Connecticut Transfer Act
July 22, 2009  Stimulus: "Proceed With Caution"
March 9, 2009  A School Construction Contract Education
December 19, 2007  Personal Planning Letter
2006  Connecticut Common Interest Ownership Manual
November 29, 2002  Sometimes, You Really Can Fight City Hall (2002)
Spring 1995  Real Property Foreclosure Actions and Deficiency Judgements: A Call For Reform


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
May 29, 2010  Construction Connection
September 26, 2009  Trustees' Conference: Emerging Trends in Facility Design
March 25, 2009  The Developers Showcase
February 26, 2009  Laws, Regulations and Policies Relating to Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professionals
February 24, 2009  Trends in Sustainable Community Development and Real Estate
October 16, 2008  A Primer on the New HOMEConnecticut Law
October 12-15 2008  Myrtle Beach, SC: Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. Barry Hawkins presents on the topic of Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) to the Governmental Finance Officers Association of South Carolina (GFOASC)
October 3, 2008  Connecticut Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Fall Workshop
September 25, 2008  Hamden, CT. Barry Hawkins presents on the topic of Uniform Assignment of Rents Acts at the Section Meeting of the Real Property Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
May 28, 2008  Environmental Legislation 2008
June 7, 2007  Large Scale On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems
April 24, 2007  Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers
April 18, 2007  Stamford, CT: University of Connecticut. Barry Hawkins participates in the Fairfield County Commercial Real Estate & Economic Development Outlook Program
March 29, 2007  Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers
October 19, 2006  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Connecticut: : Environmental Considerations in Business and Real Property Transactions
June 9, 2006  Are PODs, Overlay Zones and Floating Zones Legal?
June 7, 2006  Environmental Law Legislation
April 25, 2006  Hartford County Bar Association Real Property/Transactions Committee Seminar
January 26, 2006  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Connecticut
January 5, 2006  Update on the Law of Wetlands
November 10, 2005  Perspectives on Kelo v. New London
October 27, 2005  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Connecticut
October 5, 2005  Environmental Law Legislation
September 27, 2005  Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers
June 28, 2005  Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers
June 13, 2005  Section 22a-19 Intervention as a Right in Land Use and Wetlands Appeals
May 13, 2005  Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions
May 5, 2005  Water, Sewer & Septic Systems: A Rising Swamp for Development
April 12, 2005  Environmental and Land Use Legislative Update
March 5, 2005  Things to Watch Out For: Affordable Housing, Fair Housing, and Religious Land Uses
November 19, 2004  Wetlands Commission Jurisdiction
June 9, 2004  2004 Environmental Legislation
June 7, 2004  New Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Regulations
June 3, 2004  Recent Supreme Court Wetland Decisions and Legislation
May 27, 2004  AvalonBay Communities, Inc. v. Wilton Inland Wetlands Agency: What Really Ocurred with the Legislation?
May 27, 2004  Wetlands, Wildlife and Public Act 04-209
May 13, 2004  Overview of Final Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Regulations
April 29, 2004  Environmental Issues You Need to Know for Today's Successful Land Use Practice
November 15, 2003  Is Growth Management a Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) Issue?
October 13, 2003  Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements
September 30, 2003  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Connecticut
September 30, 2003  Commercial Real Estate Financing in Connecticut
September 4, 2003  Balanced Growth in Connecticut
June 23-24, 2003  Connecticut Land Use Law: Current Issues and the Cutting Edge
March 1, 2003  Introduction to Affordable Housing and To Environmental Intervention
September 25, 2002  Zoning for Affordable Housing: How It Works Around New England
June 11, 2002  New Britain, CT: Connecticut Bar Association's Law Seminar. Barry Hawkins serves as a faculty presenter on the Topic of Representing a Condominium Association Facing Casualty Loss and/or Environmental Issues
February 15, 2002  Hot Topics in Land Use Law
January 29, 2002  Commercial Lending Requirements and Loan Documents in Connecticut
April 6, 2000  Land Use Issues
March 2000  Voting Rights in Syndicated and Participated Transactions
1998 - 2000  Executive Enterprises Panels on Loan Documentation and Asset Based Lending
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