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Timothy S. Hollister


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Tim Hollister practices land use, environmental and municipal law, and handles a wide range of real estate and administrative law problems that arise in the context of land use and environmental matters. He has represented developers, corporations, property owners, municipalities, boards of education, and neighborhood and environmental groups in administrative proceedings before local, state, regional and federal agencies and litigation in the state and federal trial courts, and has argued more than 45 cases in the state and federal appellate courts. When representing applicants seeking land use and environmental permits, Tim’s approach is to work closely with the team of experts and consultants to present the application in a professional, procedurally correct, substantively compliant, and cost-conscious manner, and to create an administrative record that will lead the agency to grant approval.

He has been known regionally and nationally for his work in workforce and affordable housing development, wetlands regulation, and eminent domain. Tim has specific experience in eminent domain and inverse condemnation, unconstitutional takings, exactions and other civil rights violations, workforce and affordable housing, fair housing, wetlands regulation, drafting and enforcement of land use regulations, inclusionary zoning, flood plain management, mineral rights, riparian rights, specific performance, landlord and tenant, quiet title, title insurance, tax appeals, broker's commissions and foreclosures.


  • Citizen of the Law Award, Connecticut Bar Association (2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Real Estate (2004-2014); Real Estate: Band One Zoning/Land Use (2015-2020)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Land Use/Zoning (2006-2020)
  • Listed as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut by Super Lawyers® (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning (2009-2021)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year": Best Lawyers Hartford Region Litigation-Land Use & Zoning; (2011-2014, 2017, 2020): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Land Use & Zoning Law (2016, 2018, 2021)
  • Steering Committee, HOMEConnecticut Campaign (2005-present)
  • Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Affordable Housing, State of Connecticut Office of the Governor (1999-2000)
  • HOBI Award, Connecticut Home Builders Association (2019)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Home Builders and Remodelers Association (2004 and 2007)
  • Local Government Law Fellow, International Municipal Lawyers Association (2002-2007, 2012-2017, renewed in 2017, for 2017-2022)
  • Marvin Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney/National Public Service Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association (2008)
  • Filed seven petitions or briefs in the United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Environmental Law Section, Executive Committee (1992-present); Chair (1996-1997); Chair, Affordable Housing and Homelessness Committee (2005-2008); Member, Planning and Zoning Section (1992-present)
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association: Member, Program Planning Committee (2002-present); Former Regional Vice President; Former State Chair

Community Involvement

  • Author, His Father Still: A Parenting MemoirOprah's Book Club Recommended Reading, July 2016
  • 2015 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award, National Safety Council
  • Author, Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving, (Chicago Review Press, 2nd edition 2018),; Author, "From Reid's Dad," a national blog for parents of teen drivers,; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Public Service Award (2010); Public Service Award, Governor's Highway Safety Association, (2014); Teen Driver Safety Leadership Award, National Safety Council (2015)
  • Governor's Teen Safe Driving Task Force: Member (2007-2008)
  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness: Counsel (1988-present)
  • Asylum Hill Congregational Church: Task Force on Inclusiveness and Diversity, Co-Chair (2004-2006); Senior Minister Search Committee (2011)
  • Coro Foundation, New York Center: Founding Member, Board of Directors (1980-86)

Workforce and Affordable Housing Development

Represented the Home Builders Association of Connecticut in the landmark exclusionary zoning case Builders' Service Corp. v. East Hampton Planning and Zoning Commission, 208 Conn. 267 (1988). Also handled more than 100 matters under Connecticut's affordable housing law, including the first case under the statute, TCR New Canaan v. Trumbull Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 Conn. L. Rptr. 4, 91 (1992); and several landmark cases under the statute, including AvalonBay Communities v. Town of Orange, 256 Conn. 557 (2001); River Bend Associates v. Zoning Commission, 271 Conn. 1 (2004); and Brenmor Properties v. Planning and Zoning Commission, 326 Conn. 55, 161 A.3d 545 (2017).

Since 1990, Shipman & Goodwin has represented applicants/developers in workforce and affordable housing applications in Avon, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethany, Bethel, Branford, Burlington, Canton, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Fairfield, Hamden, Lisbon, Milford, Monroe, New Canaan, New Milford, Newtown, North Canaan, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Ridgefield, Simsbury, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Thomaston, Tolland, Trumbull, Wallingford, Westport, and Wilton.

In 2016, represented Signature Contracting Group of Norwalk, CT in obtaining approvals for a 52 unit apartment development, “Essex Station,” in Essex, CT; and obtained court approval of a 180 unit apartment development on Wheelers Farms Road in Milford, CT, Milford Developers L.L.C. v. Milford Zoning Board (Superior Court, Land Use Litigation Docket).

Shipman & Goodwin Helps Protect Homeowners From Expansion of Race Track

Secured a victory for our client, the Lime Rock Citizens Council, a neighborhood group of more than 500 residents of the area around Lime Rock Racetrack in Salisbury, Connecticut, a victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court in the case of Lime Rock Park vs Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission et al.. At issue was the right of the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission to adopt revised zoning regulations to control the proposed expansion of the Race Track from a regional, auto-club-based operation into a NASCAR-type national facility capable of hosting multi-day races. Such expansion would require racing on Sundays, which has been banned at Lime Rock since the late 1950’s by a court order in a noise nuisance case brought by neighbors of the Track.

The trial court had ruled in 2018 that a state statute as amended in 1998 prohibited local zoning regulation from banning auto racing on Sundays. This ruling generated enormous pressure to prevail in this appeal, to protect the quality of life and property values of our hundreds of clients. The Supreme Court delivered a victory when it reversed the trial court, holding that the 1998 amendment to the state statute had rendered the law ambiguous as to Sunday racing, but the legislative history showed that the General Assembly could not have intended in 1998 to create a statewide right to conduct racing on Sundays, regardless of local regulations banning it.


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  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Occidental College, M.A., 1980
  • Coro Foundation Fellows Program in Public Affairs, , St. Louis, 1978-1979
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1978, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
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