Christopher J. Smith: Lawyer with Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Christopher J. Smith

Partner
Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.
Phone(860) 251-5606

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental and Land Use
  • Environmental Counseling
  • Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use
  • Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Litigation
 
University Providence College, B.A., cum laude, 1980
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1983
 
Admitted1983, Connecticut; U.S. District Court, District of CT
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations
•American Bar Association: Urban, State and Local Government Law Section; Energy and Environmental Law Section; Natural Resources Section
•Connecticut Bar Association: Chair, Planning and Zoning Section, Executive Committee (1997-2000); Conservation and Environmental Quality Section; Administrative Law Section
•Bridgeport Bar Association: Chair, Land Use and Environmental Section (1995-1996)
•New Haven County Bar Association
•American Planning Association, Connecticut Chapter: Executive Committee

 
Biography

Christopher Smith has an extensive legal practice administering zoning, planning and wetlands matters before municipal land use agencies. He is experienced in litigating land use, environmental matters, exclusionary zoning and wetlands claims, and has argued numerous matters before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Appellate Court. Specifically, Chris has participated in over 250 land use appeals in the Connecticut courts. Chris represents real estate developers, lenders, businesses, manufacturers, neighborhood associations and municipalities in land use matters. His practice includes due diligence, land use application preparation, filing and processing, and all associated court-related proceedings. Chris has written amicus curiae briefs submitted to the Connecticut Supreme Court on behalf of the American Planning Association, Connecticut Chapter; Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers; the Connecticut Bar Association, Planning and Zoning Section; and the Home Builders Association of Connecticut.

Chris also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Antoinette L. Dupont, Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Distinctions
•BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA , America's Leading Lawyers: Environment (2007-2009) and Real Estate (2010-2014)
•Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer : Land Use/Zoning (2006-2014)
•Special Master, Connecticut Superior Court
•James W. Cooper fellow, Connecticut Bar Association

Community Involvement
•Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Executive Committee (2000-2012)
•Connecticut General Assembly's Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Burdens and Smart Growth Incentives (2002-2003)
•Connecticut General Assembly's Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Affordable Housing (1999-2000)
•Connecticut General Assembly's Inland Wetlands Task Force (1995-1996)
•State of Connecticut Ethics Commission (2001-2004)
•State of Connecticut Southwest Corridor Action Council (1996-2000)
•Town of North Branford: Member and Chair, Conservation and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency (1991-2003)
•Town of North Branford: Town Council; Zoning Board of Appeals; Economic Development Commission (1983-1991)
•Phare Programme: Educator on US Land Use Matters - Republic of Slovakia (1995-1996)

Experience
Land Use Approval for Innovative Cohousing Development

Publications
Fall 2013 U.S Supreme Court Reaffirms and Expands Nollan/Dolan in Koontz
July 9, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Places Its Thumb On The Land Use Scale
April 8, 2013 Plaintiff Digs Deep For Resolution To Burial Case
June 19, 2012 Public Act 12-182: Completing The Improvements To Our Performance Bond Law
March 12, 2012 A Landmark Ruling On Property Inspections
February 17, 2012 Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Procedures for Property Inspections by Zoning Enforcement Officers
October 3, 2011 Legislative Relief For Connecticut's Development Community
October 2011 Connecticut Land Use Practice: Update on Recent Significant Changes
September 21, 2011 Our Amended Performance Bond Law: Sensible Changes, But More Needed
June 2, 2011 New Law Allows Extensions of Land Use Approvals
January-March 2010 Connecticut Planning Quarterly. A Planner's Resolution for the New Year: Create Opportunities for Our Communities
October 5, 2009 Making The State More Competitive
December 2002/January 2003 Property Tax Burdens and Smart Growth

News
October 17, 2014 CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
May 23, 2014 Chambers Recognizes 24 as Leaders in their Field
October 21, 2013 CT Attorneys Recognized as 2013 Super Lawyers
May 24, 2013 Chambers Recognizes 19 Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
October 22, 2012 Super Lawyers Recognizes 51 Lawyers from Firm
June 7, 2012 Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2012
July 15, 2011 Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2011
October 28, 2010 Super Lawyers Recognizes 47 Lawyers From Shipman & Goodwin LLP
June 11, 2010 Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2010
October 27, 2009 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2010 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
June 22, 2009 Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2009
March 2, 2009 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars and Featured in Connecticut Magazine
November 7, 2008 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
July 15, 2008 Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA
April 25, 2008 Attorneys Named By Super Lawyers
June 15, 2007 Shipman & Goodwin Ranked in Chambers USA
February 1, 2006 Thirty-Five Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named Connecticut Super Lawyers

Events
October 17, 2014 Takings in Land Use Law After Koontz
June 13, 2014 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2014
June 21, 2013 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2013
June 22, 2012 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2012 - 5.5 CM credits, including 1.5 CM of Planning Law and 1.5 CM of Ethics
June 6, 2012 Aspects of Bozrah vs Chmurynski and Permitted and Prohibited Uses Within CL&P Easements
December 9, 2011 Public Act 11-79, An Act Concerning Bonds and Other Surety for Approved State Plans and Subdivisions Where do we go from here?
December 7, 2011 Overview of CT Land Use Law
October 20-21, 2011 Innovative Planning in the New Economy
October 18, 2011 Basic Land Use Law
June 10, 2011 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2011- 1.5 CM, Ethics Training Only
June 10, 2011 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2011- 5.5 CM Credits, Including 1.5 CM of Planning Law and 1.5 CM of Ethics
March 12, 2011 Nonconformities in Connecticut Land Use Law
September 30, 2010 Value Added: Finding and Saving Money in a Recovering Real Estate Economy
June 11, 2010 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2010- 6.25 CM Credits, Including 1.5 CM of Planning Law and 1.5 CM of Ethics
November 5, 2009 2009 Southern New England American Planning Association Conference
October 14, 2009 The Basics of Connecticut Land Use Law
June 26, 2009 Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2009- 5 CM Credits
March 28, 2009 Connecticut Land Use Law For Municipal Land Use Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
November 11, 2008 Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development Law in Connecticut
October 29, 2008 Tips for Lawyers in the Land Use Practice
November 8, 2007 Advanced Zoning and Land Use
October 3, 2007 Basic Land Use
September 28-29, 2006 American Planning Association's 2006 Southern New England Planning Conference
November 18, 2005 Kelo v. New London and Other Recent Property Rights/Land Use Decisions and Legislative Preview
November 17, 2005 Recent Case Law and Legislative Update
November 10, 2005 Smart Growth Incentives
July 29, 2005 Recent Case Law and Legislative Update
March 5, 2005 Municipal Land Use
February 24, 2005 Recent Land Use Case Law
May 27, 2004 Smart Growth Incentives
May 13, 2004 Hot Topics: Land Use Law in Connecticut
April 29, 2004 Smart Growth Incentives from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Burdens and Smart Growth Incentives
March 19, 2004 Water Resources and Section 22a-19 Environmental Interventions
March 15, 2004 Smart Growth Incentives
January 14, 2004 Property Rights and Land Use Law
March 1, 2002 Advanced Planning and Zoning: Hot Topics II

 
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One Constitution Plaza
HartfordCT 06103-1919




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