Kenneth R. Slater, Jr.: Lawyer with Halloran & Sage LLP

Kenneth R. Slater, Jr.

Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.

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    University University of Rochester, B.A., cum laude, with highest distinction in Economics, 1988
    Law SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991
    Admitted1991, Connecticut; 1991, District of Connecticut; 1994, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals


    Connecticut Bar Association
    New Britain Bar Association
    Central Connecticut Visiting Nurse
    Association, Inc.
    Trinity on Main, Ltd.
    Rebuilding Together, Inc.

    BornStafford Springs, Connecticut, July 27, 1966

    Kenneth Slater practices primarily in the areas of land use and environmental law, but also has extensive experience in a number of practice areas including general litigation, contract law and municipal law.

    Kenneth has extensive experience in land use matters and regularly represents individuals and business organizations before municipal boards and commissions in every county in Connecticut as well as state and federal agencies. He is frequently consulted to prosecute and defend administrative appeals to the Superior Court regarding the issuance or denial of zoning, planning and wetland permit approvals and enforcement matters. He also regularly serves as counsel to municipalities in land use matters. He is also experienced in complex land use matters involving constitutional and environmental claims and statutory remedies such as the Affordable Housing Appeals Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

    He also has significant experience in environmental law matters. He routinely represents current and former owners of real property regarding legal issues relating to transfer or remediation of contaminated properties and in the prosecution and defense of environmental cost recovery actions. He advises businesses, property owners, municipalities and individuals regarding environmental regulation, permitting and enforcement. He appears regularly before federal and state environmental regulatory and siting agencies and federal and state courts regarding environmental matters.

    He served as lead counsel in several appeals to the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts involving important issues in land use law. He also lectures on a variety of environmental and land use law topics.

    He serves on several charitable boards of directors, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a former president of the New Britain-Berlin Rotary Club.

    News & Events

    Firm Attorneys Included in Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012 List

    Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that twenty-two of the Firm's attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists. The attorneys that have been selected are:

    Super Lawyers

    Henry Beck, Jr. - Business/Corporate (Hartford)

    Thomas Boyce, Jr. - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (New London)

    John Farley - Appellate (Hartford)

    Stephen Fogerty - Business Litigation (Westport)

    Jeffrey Gostyla: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)

    Leslie Grodd: Tax (Westport)

    Daniel Krisch: Appellate (Hartford)

    Dan LaBelle: Civil Litigation Defense (Westport)

    William McGrath, Jr.: General Litigation (Hartford)

    Allen Gary Palmer: Family Law (Westport)

    George Royster: Business Litigation (Hartford)

    Daniel Scapellati: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)

    Andrew Schaffer: Family Law (New Haven)

    Kenneth Slater, Jr.: Land Use/Zoning (Hartford)

    James Szerejko: Civil Litigation Defense (Hartford)

    Richard Tynan: Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (Hartford)

    Rising Stars

    Joseph Arcata, III: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)

    Joshua Auxier: Professional Liability: Defense (Westport)

    Melanie Dykas: Government Relations (Hartford)

    Timothy Grady: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense (Hartford)

    Brian Rich: Business Litigation (Hartford)

    Michael Wrona: Bankruptcy &Creditor/Debtor (Hartford)

    The Super Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, research conducted by Law & Politics magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses sixty different practice areas.

    An explanation of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars methodology can be found here.Super Lawyers, Business Edition Recognizes Firm Attorneys

    Halloran & Sage is proud to announce that 11 of the firm's attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers, Business Edition 2012 publication:

    Henry Beck, Jr.: Business/Corporate (Hartford)
    Thomas Boyce Jr.: Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (New London)
    John Farley: Appellate (Hartford)
    Stephen Fogerty: Business Litigation (Westport)
    Jeffrey Gostyla: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)
    Daniel Krisch: Appellate (Hartford)
    George Royster: Business Litigation (Hartford)
    Daniel Scapellati: Insurance Coverage (Hartford)
    Kenneth Slater Jr.: Land Use/Zoning (Hartford)
    James Szerejko: Civil Litigation Defense (Hartford)
    Richard Tynan: Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (Hartford)

    TheSuper Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, research conducted by Law & Politics magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses 60 different practice areas. 2011 'Super Lawyers' Recognizes 20 H & S Attorneys

    Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys, based out of three different Connecticut offices, were recently announced as Connecticut Super Lawyers. In addition, 7 attorneys at the firm were recognized as Rising Stars.

    The Super Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, research conducted by Law & Politics magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses 60 different practice areas.

    Super Lawyers

    Henry Beck, Jr. - Business/Corporate

    Thomas Boyce, Jr. - Personal Injury Defense

    John Farley - Appellate

    Stephen Fogerty - Business Litigation

    Jeffrey Gostyla - Insurance Coverage

    Leslie Grodd - Tax

    Daniel Krisch - Appellate, Civil Litigation Defense, Criminal Defense

    William McGrath, Jr. - General Litigation

    George Royster - Business Litigation

    Daniel Scapellati - Insurance Coverage

    Kenneth Slater, Jr. - Land Use/Zoning

    James Szerejko - Civil Litigation Defense

    Richard Tynan - Personal Injury Defense

    Rising Stars

    Joseph Arcata, III - Insurance Coverage

    Timothy Grady - Personal Injury Defense, Medical Malpractice

    Brian Rich - Business Litigation

    Michael Wrona - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsMDA Locks Up Brian Rich and Kenneth Slater for Good Cause

    Halloran & Sage Attorney's Brian Rich and Kenneth Slater Jr. recently participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) Hartford Lock Up 2009 to help Jerry's Kids. The forewarned jailbirds were issued warrants and taken to Agave Grill in Hartford, CT, which had been transformed into a giant jail cell. In order to be released, prisoners had to make phone calls and raise bail money. All bail money was donated to the MDA.

    Prisoner Kenneth Slater knew about his sentence weeks in advance. He prepared and made lists of clients and friends to call and e-mail in hopes of making his bail. Kenneth had a very positive response, with most of the people donating generously.

    MDA serves people in the community with neuromuscular diseases by providing clinics, support groups, assistance with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs, braces and communication devices, and summer camp for kids. MDA also funds research grants to help fund treatments and cures for some 43 neuromuscular diseases that affect people of all ages, right here in our community.

    The Hartford's MDA Lockup raised nearly $47,000, exceeding its goal. Kenneth Slater Faculty Member at CBA's Advanced Land Use Seminar

    Kenneth Slater Jr., a partner in Halloran & Sage's Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, was a faculty member in an Advanced Land Use Law course recently offered by the Connecticut Bar Association. The program covered topics relevant to the local land use permitting process.

    Kenneth's portion of the presentation addressed the use of conservation easements in municipal land use review and planning. Attorneys who appear before or advise municipal land use commissions, as well as those representing local commissions attended the session.

    Halloran & Sage LLP is a full service law firm with offices in Hartford, Middletown, and Westport, Connecticut, and a branch in Washington, DC. Founded in 1935, the Firm's client base ranges from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses, institutional and private investor, governmental units, public and private universities, and other non-profit organizations.H & S Attorneys Present Conservation Easement Program to CBA-YLS, Land Use Committee

    Richard Roberts and Kenneth Slater Jr., Partners at Halloran & Sage recently presented a seminar Conservation Easements: Legal Requirements and Pitfalls for Private and Municipal Practitioners. The program was sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Land Use/Environmental Committee and hosted by the Tolland County Bar Association.

    Over 40 attorneys affiliated with the TCBA and the YLS Section attended the program. Specific topics that were discussed by the group included the authority of land use agencies to accept conservation easements, drafting and negotiating tips for conservation easements and recent relevant cases.Kenneth Slater Instructor for 'Environmental Regulations Impacting Land Development and Construction' Seminar

    Kenneth Slater Jr. was faculty member at a full-day seminar Connecticut Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors. The program studied land use law, examined Connecticut subdivision law, reviewed eminent domain and condemnation law, explored water rights and restrictions and environmental regulations impacting land development and construction.

    Kennth will facilitate the course on 'Environmental Regulations Impacting Land Development and Construction'.

    Specific objectives of the course included:

    accomodating natural resource protection laws (including wetlands, critical areas, flood plains, endangered species etc...);

    accomodating existing site contamination in design and construction (including soil and groundwater contaminants, asbestos or lead in existing structures);

    managing materials generated by construction (including excavated soils);

    and the use of virgin or recycled materials for fill.Richard Roberts and Kenneth Slater Instructors for 'Subdivision Law in Connecticut' Seminar

    Richard Roberts and Kenneth Slater Jr., Partners at Halloran & Sage will be faculty members at the Lorman Education Services Subdivision Law in Connecticut Seminar. The one-day course will take place on March 26, 2008, at the Farmington Marriott, in Farmington, Connecticut. Richard and Kennth will facilitate the Public Improvement and Open Space Preservation and Restrictions portion of the seminar.

    Seminar attendees will learn about the responsibilities and authority of local agencies under Connecticut law, discover how the subdivision process interacts with other land use and permitting processes, understand how to comply with statutory requirements and gain practical tips from relevant case law dealing with subdivisions.

    This seminar is designed for attorneys, engineers, presidents, vice presidents, planners, developers, project managers, architects, surveyors, zoning board members, real estate professionals and land use officials. Continuing education credits can be earned.Kenneth Slater and Richard Roberts Present at the CT Land Use Academy Legal Requirements Seminar

    Halloran & Sage Attorneys Kenneth Slater Jr. and Richard Roberts recently presented an educational seminar Legal Requirements and Procedures to Connecticut Land Use Commissioners in Shelton. The program outlined the legal responsibilities of land use boards including procedural requirements, suggested timelines and public notice issues.

    The Connecticut Land Use Academy is a new program of the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). The Academy seeks to provide practical and accessible education for local land use decision makers across the state, focusing on the basic skills needed to serve on a land use board. The curriculum of the program includes four courses: the Roles & Responsibilities of Land Use Commissions; Legal Requirements and Procedures of Land Use Decision Making; Map Reading for Site Plan Review; and Plans of Conservation and Development. The Academy is supported by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, with funds provided by the state Legislature.Kenneth Slater Featured in Hartford Business Journal's '40 Under Forty'

    Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce that Kenneth Slater Jr., a member of the Firm's Environmental and Land Use Group has been selected as a member of the Hartford Business Journal's 2005 40 Under Forty Team. 40 Under Forty achievers are selected based on their professional and personal achievements, and featured in the August 15, 2005 edition of the Hartford Business Journal.

    Kennth's practice primarily represents developers, property owners and municipalities in litigation or transactions involving land use development and environmental law.

    Kenneth is a member and former president of New Britain's Rebuilding Together program, an organization of hundreds of volunteers who complete home improvements for elderly, disabled and low-income persons. He serves as president-elect of the Rotary Club of New Britain/Berlin and leads the club's monthly soup kitchen luncheon. He serves as board secretary of the Central Connecticut Visiting Nurses Association Inc. and is on the board of Trinity on Main Ltd., an organization formed to save an historic building in downtown New Britain. He also coaches in the Fagan Little League.Transportation Rights of WayThe Creation & Abandonment of Streets, Highways & Railroads in Connecticut

    Halloran & Sage Business and Commercial Law partners Richard Roberts and Kenneth Slater Jr. explored the law relating to the creation and abandonment of municipal streets, with examples of problems that have arisen on actual projects.

    This seminar also included the history and development of statutes relating to the creation and abandonment of state highways and railroads, as well as the development of railroad real estate law, charters and government procedures, and the problems that have occurred.

    For more information visit The Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors or contact Richard at or Kenneth at & S Announces Election of Five New Partners

    Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce the admission of partnership of five attorneys.

    The partnership class of 2004 includes the following attorneys resident in our Hartford office: Jeffrey Gostyla, who practices in the area of Insurance Law and Kenneth Slater Jr..

    We are very pleased to welcome these talented attorneys into our partnership. These advancements reflect our continued growth and our commitment to expanding the platform for the services we offer to our increasingly diversified client base, comments William McGrath, Jr, Managing Partner of the Firm.Nationally Known Experts Slated To Testify on Behalf of South Lyme Property Owners Association

    Several national experts will testify on behalf of South Lyme Property Owners' claim that the Town of Old Lyme seasonal restriction does not benefit the environment. A trial date has not yet been scheduled, but may occur later this year.

    Mark Gross, Ph.D., P.E., a Professor at the University of Arkansas, Department of Engineering and a widely-published expert on the functioning of septic and sewer systems, is expected to testify that the Town of Old Lyme did not have an adequate basis to conclude that an imposition of a restriction against the off-season use of homes in the Old Lyme beach communities would benefit the environment. In fact, he is expected to testify that the restriction could actually reduce the effectiveness of the septic systems in treating wastewater during summer months. Professor Gross is also expected to testify that, under the existing public health code, municipal sewer systems or community treatment systems are the only methods to significantly reduce pollution resulting from residential use of properties along Long Island Sound. Old Lyme is one of only four communities in Connecticut along Long Island Sound that provides no sewer services to beach communities.

    Mary Clark, a Senior Project Scientist with Stone Environmental, Inc. of Montpelier, Vermont, is also expected to testify. She and her firm have assisted communities across the United States in managing wastewater in areas of concern, including Malibu, California, and the Boston Harbor. Although her firm specializes in seeking alternatives to traditional sewer systems, Ms. Clark is expected to testify that a sewer treatment of wastewater generated in the beach communities is the only effective way to reduce pollution to Long Island Sound.

    These experts are expected to testify in a case filed in 1999 and pending in the Federal District Court. The case was filed by an association of hundreds of property owners in the beach communities of Old Lyme known as the South Lyme Property Owners Association, Inc. to challenge the 1995 Regulations adopted by the Town of Old Lyme that prohibit the off-season use of residential homes located on lots less than 10,000 square feet. A large number of homes existing in the beach communities in Old Lyme are on properties less than 10,000 square feet.

    In the fall of 2000 and 2002, the United States District Court imposed an injunction barring the Town of Old Lyme from issuing further seasonal notices after ruling that the procedure utilized by the Town of Old Lyme was unconstitutional. During that hearing, representatives of the Town of Old Lyme suggested the seasonal limitation was adopted primarily to protect Long Island Sound from pollution. Following that hearing, the property owners added an additional claim in their lawsuit seeking the court to determine, under the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act, that municipal or community owned treatment system to treat wastewater is the only effective way to significantly reduce pollution to Long Island Sound and to order action by the Town to implement such a system.

    The property owners have also been working with the state legislature regarding a bill proposed to authorize municipal water pollution control authorities to propose a plan to enable alternative technologies to be utilized to treat wastewater. Under the current public health code, alternative technologies to traditional septic designs used in other states such as Rhode Island are not authorized in Connecticut. They worked with legislators to seek the elimination of language inserted in the proposed bill that would authorize water pollution control authorities to bar off-season use of residential properties. Such a restriction is unrelated to the use of alternative technologies and, in the view of the South Lyme Property Owners Association and its experts, would not serve to benefit Long Island Sound.

    Halloran & Sage Environmental Law & Land Use Attorney Kenneth Slater Jr., serves as the legal counsel for the South Lyme Property Owners Association and Halloran & Sage Government Affairs serves as the Association's lobbying team.Fundamentals of Water Law in Connecticut: Protecting Water Rights, Use and Quality

    Halloran & Sage Environmental & Land Use Attorney Kenneth Slater Jr. will participate in the National Business Institute's March 2003 seminar.

    Kenneth will focus on the latest issues impacting water use and management. The program is intended to address water rights, water use and water quality at the national, state and local levels.

    The seminar will feature important legislative developments, case law updates, and challenges and opportunities of future water quality. For registration information, please contact the NBI hotline at (800) 930-6182.


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