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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
Tyler E. Archer
(860) 251-5234
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
Nicole S. King
(203) 324-8164
Stamford Office
Miriam 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
Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for Federally Qualified Health Center
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
Zoning Approval for 114 Market and Affordable Apartments
Shipman & Goodwin Helps Protect Homeowners From Expansion of Race Track
$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
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
$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
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
Joint Venture for Development of a Hotel
$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
Subdivision of an Industrial Site
Development, Construction and Refinancing of Hotel for National Chain
Hartford Civic Center Redevelopment
New Markets Tax Credit Financing for Federally Qualified Health Center
Acquisition and Financing of Luxury Apartment Community
Empire State Building Lease
Five-Year Liquidation of 50 Hotels
Hotel Portfolio Liquidation
Acquisition of Portfolio of Residential Apartment Buildings in New Haven and Related Financing
$205M Joint Venture for Co-Development of New York City Mixed-Used Project
$450 Million Joint Venture to Acquire Fee Interest in the "Lipstick Building"
$97 Million REIT Acquisition of 13 Separate Industrial, Commercial and Office Properties
LIHTC Financing of Affordable Housing Development in New Haven
Disposition of State University Campus
Obtained Municipal Permits Under Connecticut's Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act
Acquisition, Financing and Development of Several Major Projects throughout the United States
Airport Hotel Facility
$120 Million Hartford Development "The Learning Corridor"
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
Reduction of Off-Street Parking Space Requirements
Acquisition and Construction Financing for National Developer
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Loan Acquisition
Closing of $50MM of Financing, Ground Lease, Construction Contract and Condominium
$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project
Property Disposition and Development Agreement Between Municipality and Native American Tribe for Development of Mixed Use Project
Morgan Street Garage Joint Ownership Agreement
College Campus and Community Sports Complex Development
Acquisition Expansion and Refinancing of Regional Distribution Facility
Office Leasing Agreements for NYSE Company in Ten States
$23 Million Restructuring Permitting Quasi-State Agency Investment
Headquarters Development for Billion-dollar Hedge Fund
Acquisition of former American Can Headquarters
National Leasing in Malls for International Retailer
Financing and Development of Vacant Industrial into 80,000 Square Feet of Self-Storage
Negotiation of Lease for Relocation of New Haven-Based Technology Company
Redevelopment and Preservation of Historic Church in East Rock Neighborhood of New Haven
Land Use Approvals for 96-Unit Mixed Use, New Haven Transit-Oriented Development
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mortgage Loan Acquisition
Structuring and Negotiation of Master Lease for the Development of University Housing in Downtown Stamford, CT
Approvals for Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use, Historic Preservation Development in New Haven
Represented Toll Brothers, Inc. in Acquisition of Property for Large Mixed Use Developments in Stamford and Norwalk
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
Downtown New Haven Relocation of Gateway Community College


October 20, 2020  CFIUS Regulations Applicable to Real Estate Transactions
October 8, 2020  Transfer Act Changes and Plans for New Release-Based Program -- Unfinished Business Remains
Updated October 21, 2021 per Executive Order 9H  The Effects of Executive Order 9E on Existing Residential Eviction Moratoria
September 10, 2020  Untangling the Knot: The Effects of the CDC's Eviction Moratorium, Executive Order 7OOO, and a Recent Court Order on Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut
June 12, 2020  COVID-19: OSHA Releases New Safe Workplace Guidance for Construction Sites
June 4, 2020  COVID-19: Lease Build-Outs and Commencement Dates
May 28, 2020  COVID-19: Update to Moratoria on Evictions and Foreclosures in New York
May 22, 2020  COVID-19: Will Shutdown Orders Excuse A Party's Failure To Perform Under A Retail Lease?
May 19, 2020  COVID-19: Operating Clause Considerations for Retail Tenants and Landlords
May 13, 2020  Executive Order 7MM Simplifies Local Approvals Process for Outdoor Dining and Sale of Goods
May 7, 2020  Land Use and Building Permit Deadlines Stayed by Executive Order
May 6, 2020  COVID-19: Non-Recourse Loans and Recourse Liability Triggers for Landlords
May 1, 2020  If COVID Isn't Enough…Multi-Family Property Owners/Managers Beware: NYC Prioritizes Lead-Based Paint Enforcement
April 21, 2020  COVID-19: Handling Monetary Defaults and Security Deposits under Commercial Leases
April 15, 2020  COVID-19: Governor Lamont Issues Additional Protections for Residential Renters
April 13, 2020  COVID-19: As Government Orders Require Businesses to Shut Down, Landlords and Tenants Should Review Condemnation Clauses In Their Leases
April 8, 2020  Governor Lamont Limits Connecticut Hotel Stays and Short-Term Rentals in Response to COVID-19
April 2, 2020  COVID-19: Mortgage Forbearances and Moratoria on Evictions and Foreclosures
March 31, 2020  COVID-19: Lease Modification Considerations for Landlords
March 28, 2020  COVID-19: Stimulus and Relief Packages for Property Owners and Businesses
March 23, 2020  Gov. Lamont's Executive Order 7I, Modifying Procedures and Deadlines for Municipal Land Use
March 23, 2020  COVID-19: Executive Order No. 7H and General Leasing/Rent Concerns
March 16, 2020  COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Leases and Contracts in New York and Connecticut
March 2020  Liquidated Damages in Purchase and Sales Agreements: Connecticut
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
December 12, 2019  Governor Lamont Releases PFAS Task Force Action Plan
September 9, 2019  PFAS: What's All the PFUSS?
June 27, 2019  U.S. Supreme Court Reopens the Federal Courthouse Door to Property Owners' Takings Claims
June 10, 2019  Legislature Passes Key Amendments to the Connecticut Transfer Act
December 27, 2018  Qualified Opportunity Zones
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?*
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


May 11, 2020  2020 Chambers Guide Recognizes Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
February 13, 2020  Two Lawyers Elected to CREW CT 2020 Board of Directors
January 7, 2020  Shipman & Goodwin Promotes Ten to Partner, Elevates One to Counsel
January 3, 2020  Shipman & Goodwin Counsel In $200 Million Financing of NYC Paramount Building
April 29, 2019  Chambers Recognizes 18 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
November 1, 2018  Shipman & Goodwin LLP Ranked Among 2019 "Best Law Firms"
May 3, 2018  Chambers Recognizes 23 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
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
January 18, 2018  Firm Expands National Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practices
November 22, 2017  Firm Negotiates Fourth Largest NYC Retail Lease in October
November 1, 2017  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2018 "Best Law Firms"
June 21, 2017  Firm Attorneys Examined Key Topics at 2017 Connecticut Legal Conference
May 26, 2017  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
November 3, 2016  Jim Bergenn, Joan Feldman and Tim Hollister Named "Top Lawyers"
November 1, 2016  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2017 "Best Law Firms"
October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
May 31, 2016  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
May 19, 2015  Chambers Recognizes 23 as Leaders in Their Field
October 16, 2014  Nevins to Speak at National ICSC Conference
May 23, 2014  Chambers Recognizes 24 as Leaders in their Field
October 18, 2013  Nevins and Schatz Presented at ICSC Conference


September 16 2020  2020 Connecticut Legal Conference
June 25, 2020  Webinar: Plotting A Way Forward for Real Estate: Understanding Your Options and Protecting Your Investments
April 23, 2020  Webinar: Business & Property Contracts in the Coronavirus Crisis
January 9, 2020  HBRA of CT Developers Forum
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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