Ann Catino practices primarily in the areas of environmental, utilities, and land use law. Prior to joining the firm, she spent over eleven years in private practice representing private and public sector clients in matters involving land use and real estate development and transfer; permitting and regulatory compliance; property remediation and environmental litigation. She appears regularly before federal and state environmental and siting agencies, local regulatory boards and all courts in superfund litigation, private cost recovery claims and federal/state enforcement actions. She represents clients in environmental and utility matters and issues before the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Connecticut Siting Council and numerous local commissions and authorities. She has also represented development projects - from power plant development to retail to manufacturing to entertainment.
Ann is currently involved in permitting a transmission line running under Long Island Sound from New Haven, Connecticut to Shoreham, New York, and a substation in New Haven. She has previously represented the developers of a 32 MW wood-to-energy facility. She was also counsel for the developers of the Meadows Music Centre, a 30,000 seat concert center built in Hartford atop an old urban landfill and former railroad property, which was the first indoor/outdoor performing arts facility in the country. Developing this site required balancing the needs of the developers with the requirements imposed by the DEP and the concern for public health and safety. The Meadows was one of the first Brownfields projects developed with the use of state funds dedicated for the cleanup of economically developable but environmentally challenged properties.
In addition, Ann routinely represents owners and operators of manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, gas stations and commercial enterprises as well as quasi-public agencies, universities and municipalities in varying capacities involving permitting, compliance and enforcement. She advises clients as to the proper investigation and remediation of property, the Connecticut Transfer Act, air, water discharge, hazardous waste, solid waste, water diversion and underground storage tank compliance.
In litigation-related matters, she has served as lead joint defense counsel in the Beacon Heights and Laurel Park Superfund litigation, which was tried in Federal District Court in Connecticut from January - July 1998. She also has litigated various commercial cases, environmental claims, and citizen suits arising under both federal and state environmental laws.
Ann has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Litigation - Environmental as well as Litigation - Land Use & Zoning.
Large Regional Bank Represented in Loan Facilities to CT Property Manager/Developer
H & S Obtains Favorable Result in Environmental Matter
Larry Weisman and Ann Catino Obtain Favorable Decision From Westport Planning and Zoning Commission
H & S Obtains Approval for an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System
Uniroyal Chemical Company v. Town of Middlebury, 2006 WL 962210 (2d Cir. 2006)
H & S Obtains a Summary Disposition of Claims Against Municipal Client
Counsel for Construction of a Transmission Cable
Counsel for Superfund Litigation
Counsel for the Development of a Major Entertainment Venue
The Connecticut Transfer Act - Is It Alive and Well?
New England Real Estate Journal, 07/19/2013
Who is Paying Condominium Fees and Who is Not?
New England Real Estate Journal, 03/07/2013
Moving Forward with Brownfield Redevelopment in 2012
New England Real Estate Journal, 10/21/2012
The A, B & Cs of Brownfield Redevelopment in 2012
Commercial Record, 07/18/2012
It's a New Day for Connecticut Brownfields, with New Laws, New Opportunities and New Administration
New England Real Estate Journal, 01/19/2012
Critical New Regulatory and Economic Development Reform Emerges in Connecticut
New England Real Estate Journal, 06/26/2010
Connecticut Brownfields Gain Priority Status in 2009
New England Real Estate Journal, 06/20/2009
The Path to Responsible Growth in Connecticut Lies in Brownfield Redevelopment
New England Real Estate Jounral, 04/03/2008
Connecticut Brownfields - 2007 Update
New England Real Estate Journal, 09/21/2007
A New Menu of Options for the Brownfield Redevelopment Process
New England Real Estate Journal, 04/23/2007
ABCs of Brownfield Redevelopment: Legislature Exploring Ways to Turn More Ghosts into Greenfields
Connecticut Law Tribune, 04/23/2007
Slaying the Brownfield Goliath in Connecticut
Fairfield Business Journal, 01/22/2007
Assessing Corporate Officer Liability for Environmental Violations After Bec Corp., v. Department of Environmental Protection
Occam's Razor Construction Law Update, 01/05/2005
Superfund Reform Exempts Entities
Connecticut Law Tribune, 01/03/2005
Connecticut Bar Association - Environmental Law Section
Society of Women Environmental Professionals
The Real Estate Exchange
The Connecticut Women's Council
Environmental Policies Council, CT Business & Industries Association
Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut
Construction Institute Board of Advisors