Following a three-day bench trial in late 2019 and early 2020, the Firm obtained a permanent injunction on behalf of a client owning waterfront property in Greenwich, prohibiting the adjoining property owners from developing or building any structure within an area on their property in proximity to the seawall that was the subject of a reciprocal easement agreement. The Superior Court determined that the proposed project violated the terms of a 2002 agreement between the client and defendants’ predecessors-in-title, and rejected defendants’ statute of limitations and other defenses. Jim Riley acted as lead trial counsel, and was assisted by Michael Battema. Ladd v. Foley, 2020 WL 5607778 (Conn. Super. Aug. 24, 2020).
The Firm represented the Greenwich Land Trust in its purchase from the Aquarion Water Company of 72 acres of unimproved real property in the Lake Avenue area of Greenwich. The acquisition was first approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and then closed between the parties. For the transaction, the Land Trust entered a public/private partnership with the Town of Greenwich, with the Land Trust holding title to the property and the Town having a conservation easement over the property. The Land Trust will now be able to conserve these 72 acres, protect critical habitat, enhance water quality, and preserve the community’s character. Margaret Conboy and Tony Macleod worked on the transaction for the Firm.
The Firm is proud to announce that Michael Thomason has joined the Firm as an associate in the Litigation Department. Michael represents clients in all aspects of litigation matters in state and federal court. Prior to joining Whitman Breed, Michael was a judicial law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Thomas O. Farrish. Before his clerkship, Michael was an associate attorney at a boutique litigation firm in Greenwich.
Drew Nelson represented a non-U.S. company in the negotiation of a strategic investment in a startup manufacturing cell towers and other structures using carbon fiber and other composite materials.
Luke Tashjian presented at the Connecticut Legal Conference on tax provisions in the CARES Act.