Edward Hill's practice covers the full spectrum of real estate matters, including representation of sellers, buyers, and developers of commercial, industrial, and multifamily properties as well as representation of landlords and tenants of those types of property. He also represents borrowers and institutional lenders in secured lending transactions. He has extensive experience in obtaining local and state land use approvals and in creating and operating common interest communities and other forms of shared ownership of property. Beyond legal representation, he works with his clients to provide added value through practical problem-solving advice and creative solutions that help achieve their business objectives. Mr. Hill represents and advises his real estate clients through all phases of real estate investment, from the acquisition and financing of a property through land use approvals, the structuring of the form of ownership, the operation of a property, and its ultimate disposition. He has frequently negotiated and obtained approval of special land use regulations that allowed his clients to maximize the potential of the property. His representation of purchasers and sellers of real estate has included evaluation and resolution of title issues, negotiation of terms and conditions to resolve environmental issues and other risk factors, and negotiation of inventive ownership structures to meet the needs of the parties and to facilitate consummation of transactions. His experience representing lenders and borrowers in real estate financing transactions enables him to provide representation to a purchaser or property owner that facilitates acquisition and development financing of commercial properties. Mr. Hill has had numerous articles published in professional publications and is a frequent lecturer at legal education programs for practicing lawyers and other real estate professionals. He has been included in Connecticut "Super Lawyers" list in the area of Real Estate Practice since 2006 "Super Lawyers" is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.) and has practiced for more than 35 years.
His professional activities include - The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), President of CRE Connecticut Chapter - Real Estate Finance Association, Director of Hartford Chapter - Adjunct Faculty, University of Connecticut School of Law, Spring Term 2004 - Trained Mediator, completed forty hours of mediation training with Mediation Works Incorporated, Boston, Massachusetts, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws ch. 233, sec. 23C - Connecticut Law Revision Commission Study Committee on the 2008 Amendments to the Common Interest Ownership Act (2009), Member - State of Connecticut Real Property Electronic Recording Committee (2009), Member Community Involvement - Town of Cheshire Public Building Commission.
Representative Matters include:
- Sale by Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation of 185 acre former factory parcel and related land for mixed use and recreational use redevelopment.
- Sale of airspace lot for downtown Hartford office building.
- Land use approvals and property acquisition for expansion of suburban shopping center for replacement of 38,000-square-foot supermarket with new 64,000-square-foot facility, requiring obtaining discontinuance and conveyance of town road from the municipality and easement rights for additional shopping center access.
- Acquisition and construction financing for suburban apartment complex with a 98-unit existing building and land use approvals for 128 additional units. Preparation of condominium documents for sale of units in newly constructed buildings.
- Purchase of 6,000-acre resort property, including representation of sellers, buyers, and developers of golf course, lodge, time-share, condominium, and platted lots, in Cumberland County, Tennessee, and restructure of master covenants and restrictions.
- Acquisition and construction, including construction financing, of 81,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 32-acre site and disposition of vacated facility.
- Land use approvals, acquisition and construction financing, condominium documentation for 48-unit suburban condominium complex, and, in another town, a 27-unit detached cluster planned common interest ownership community requiring, in each of the towns, obtaining passage of special zoning regulations to allow the projects.
- Disposition by liquidating trust of approximately 1,100 acres of lakefront land requiring obtaining passage of special zoning regulations to allow diverse uses of the property for a cottage community, boating and fishing clubs, single-family residential development, and open space and conservation purposes.
- Subdivision and other land use approvals for residential subdivisions.
- Land use approvals, construction financing and development of vacant industrial park land for 45,000-square-foot flex-building, and lease for major pharmaceutical tenant.
- Negotiated leases for lease of 134,000-square-foot warehouse facility, 426,000-square-foot metal processing facility, including 146,000 square feet to be constructed, and other retail, industrial and office facilities.
- Counseled master condominium association on restatement of condominium declaration. - Counseled groups of condominium unit owners on transition of association control and other issues, including issues faced by one such association arising from foreclosure of developer and acquisition by successor developer.
- Counseled boards of directors on governance issues and disputes.
- Prepared documents for various types of condominiums: single and duplex detached, town house, low- and high-rise buildings, age restricted, master associations and constituent condominiums, airspace and dockominium units, and commercial, industrial, and multifamily properties as well as representation of landlords and tenants of those types of property - Implemented a settlement between condominium association and prior industrial owner of a portion of condominium property for purchase of 21 units and withdrawal of contaminated land on which the units were located. - Representation of an upscale restaurant group in the leasing of five of its steakhouse and fish house restaurants in Connecticut.
- Assist Lane Construction in sale of former headquarters property in Meriden, Connecticut, and purchase of current headquarters in Cheshire, Connecticut, in tax-free exchange and Connecticut Department of Economic Development financing in connection with the relocation.
- As a member of three-person Counselors of Real Estate Consulting Corps team, counseled City of Rockford, Illinois, (second largest city in Illinois) on redevelopment strategies for downtown former industrial parcel of 26 acres with 16 buildings totaling approximately 800,000 square feet and on terms and conditions for master development agreement with private sector developers.
- Sale by United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney Division) of multiple laboratory, office and warehouse facilities (over 535,000 square feet on 58 acres) in West Palm Beach County, Florida and transfer of land and water production, wastewater disposal and other infrastructure facilities to community development district.
- Redevelopment agreement and long-term space lease by the City of Hartford for the redevelopment of the retail, office, and parking components of the Hartford Civic Center, requiring negotiation and implementation of tax-fixing agreement, resolution of title issues, and revision of lease for operation of coliseum and exhibition hall. This project was one of the State of Connecticut "Six Pillars of Progress" projects for the rejuvenation of the City of Hartford.
- Sale by City of Hartford to the State of Connecticut and private developer of 680,000-square-foot former G. Fox Department Store building, also requiring negotiation and implementation of tax-fixing agreement and lease back of approximately 50,000 square feet. This project is another one of "Six Pillars of Progress" projects for the rejuvenation of the City of Hartford.
- Sale by City of Hartford to the State of Connecticut of partial ownership of property interest in 2,200-space parking garage to support Capital Community College, enhanced parking in the city is an element of "Six Pillars of Progress" projects for the rejuvenation of the City of Hartford.
Publications and presentations include:
- "Due Diligence Analysis Key to Successful Transactions" (7/2006),
-"New Bill Removes Doubt on Escrows Held by Attorneys" (June/July 2000), published in "Connecticut Lawyer"
- "Appellate Court Casts Doubt on Attorney Escrows" (December 1999/January 2000), published in "Connecticut Lawyer"
- "Land Use Approvals for Major League Development Projects" (9/13/1999), published in "Connecticut Law Tribune"
-"Real Estate Transactions with Legal Entities: Analyzing Issues on Authority" (1997), published in "New England Connecticut Real Estate Law Journal
- "Procuring and Insuring Free and Clear Title" (1996), written for Advanced Principles of Title Insurance in Connecticut, NBI, updated and revised 2000
- "Procuring and Insuring Free and Clear Title" (1995), written for Advanced Real Estate Law in Connecticut, NBI
- "Public and Private Partnerships Forum" (4/24/2012) presented at Business Issues Forums at The Counselors of Real Estate Midyear Meeting, Moderator and Presenter
- "The Financial Fundamentals of Economic Development" (11/6/2009) presented at 2009 Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) Conference, held at Mohegan Sun Conference Resort, Moderator
- "Recent Developments in Real Property Law - Cases and Legislation" (6/8/2009) presented at Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Moderator
- "Deal Savers" (9/20/2007) presented at Connecticut Chapter, CCIM Institute
- " Insurance and Uniform Professional Appraisal Practices" (6/18/2007) presented at Connecticut Bar Association, annual meeting, moderator
- "Case Study of Complex Industrial Development" (6/7/2004), guest lecturer at "The Real Estate Development Process" course at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies: The Real Estate Institute, New York City
- "Attorney Escrows" (6/5/2000) presented at CBA's/ABA Real Property Section Annual Meeting, "Hot News on the Real Estate Front - A Legislative and Case Law Update"
- "HB-5716 - An Act Concerning Escrow Arrangements" (3/13/2000) presented at CBA's House of Delegates - "The Doubt Cast on Attorney Escrows by the Recent Appellate Court Decision" (2/23/2000) presented at CBA's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
- "The Real Estate Title" (2000) presented at Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance Seminar, National Business Institute (NBI)
- "Is There a Real Escrow if the Attorney for One of the Parties Acts as Agent" (12/2/1999) presented at the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) Real Property Section
- "Real Estate Transactions with Legal Entities" (8/1997 and 12/1997) presented at Advanced Principles of Title Insurance in Connecticut, NBI, August 20 and 21, 1997, and December 7 and 8, 2000, in Hartford and New Haven, CT
- "Procuring and Insuring Free and Clear Title" (11/7/1996) presented at Advanced Real Estate Law in Connecticut, NBI
- "Overview of the Computer for the Neophyte User" (6/28/1996) presented at CBA's Family Law Section, A Seminar for the Use of Computers in the Practice of Family and Matrimonial Law
- "Dealing with Lenders in Today's Economy, a Legal Perspective" (5/20/1993) presented at Charles Zwicker Tax Institute, Teikyo Post University
- "An Overview of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Proceedings" (9/25/1989) presented at Charles Zwicker Tax Institute, Teikyo Post University