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|University ||Brandeis University, B.S., Comparative Literature, 1960|
|Law School||Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1963|
|Admitted||1963, Connecticut; 1966, District of Connecticut; 1966, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; 1969, U.S. Supreme Court|
Connecticut Bar Association - Judiciary
American Bar Association
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Arbitration Association - Panel of
Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court
U.S. District Court Grievance Panel
U.S. District Court Special Master
|Born||May 6, 1939|
Lawrence Weisman has been practicing law in Connecticut for 50 years. He currently practices in the areas of land use and zoning, commercial and residential real estate, family law and general litigation. He has extensive experience litigating a wide range of matters on behalf of corporations and individuals. Lawrence also regularly assists corporations in stock and asset sales and assists individuals and businesses in all types of real estate transactions.
Lawrence is a frequent author and speaker on topics including planning and zoning law and family law matters and formerly served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Connecticut Bar Journal and authored the annual review of Planning and Zoning decisions for the Connecticut Bar Journal.
Lawrence has always been active in the community, particularly the Town of Westport, previously serving on three of the Town's Charter Revision Commissions, as counsel to the Town and as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Westport Public Library.
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Eric Bernheim testifies on CBA bill to Connecticut General Assembly
Eric Bernheim, a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Planning & Zoning Section provided testimony in support of House Bill Number 6481, An Act Concerning Enforcement Protection for Nonconforming Structures (the Bill), to the state general assembly's Joint Committee on Planning and Development.
The Bill, which was drafted by Lawrence Weisman and Bernheim in light of a relevant case matter, is a proposed revision to Connecticut General Statutes 8-13a(a), and will provide the same protections to structures as are currently afforded by 8-13a(a) to buildings.
Bernheim contended that a critical reason why this revision is necessary lies in its ability to mitigate excessive fees incurred by a homeowner. He cited an example to the committee where a property owner had a pool constructed twenty-five years ago. Unbeknownst to the property owner or the contractor who built the pool, it violated the setback requirements of the local municipality. When that property owner sought a new zoning permit for an unrelated project, it was discovered that the pool encroached on the setbacks and the Town, twenty-five years after construction, required that the setback violation be corrected.
Had the pool instead been a building, such as a shed (an enclosed structure with four walls and a roof), 8-13a(a) would have rendered it a pre-existing nonconforming location and no enforcement action could be successfully taken by the municipality. Nothing further would need to be done.
Because an unenclosed structure is not presently protected by 8-13a(a), property owners are subjected to expend a great deal of money to comply with the municipal regulations even if it has been in place for more than three years. In order to come into compliance with such a structure, the property owner must either obtain a variance of the municipal regulations to legalize the location of the structure, relocate the structure, or remove it entirely. Obtaining a variance requires that the specific lot have an unusual hardship so that complying with the subject regulations would be unreasonably difficult. Accordingly, obtaining a variance will not always be an option available to property owners, which is why the Bill is necessary.
The proposed H.B. 6481 is currently pending action within the Planning and Development Committee, and the committee must act no later than March 27 to adopt this bill for passage to the House of Representatives for vote.
Lawrence spends extensive time in Provence where he continues to study French with the certainty that he'll never be fluent. He is an avid cook and regular recreational swimmer.
As pro bono work, Lawrence represents the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Fairfield County Hospice House Inc. on whose Board of Directors he serves. (Resident, Westport Office)
|Reported Cases||Representative Matter: Larry Weisman and Ann Catino Obtain Favorable Decision From Westport Planning and Zoning Commission; Larry Weisman and Ann Catino recently obtained a favorable decision from the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted to approve construction of a new 102,000 square foot Westport Weston Family Y on a 32 acre parcel adjacent to the Merritt Parkway and bordered by the Saugatuck River. Eric Bernheim also assisted in this matter. This final decision followed approvals from various town bodies and the Connecticut DEP, as well as many hours of hearings and deliberations by the Planning and Zoning Commission. This was the longest application in the history the Commission.H & S Obtains Approval for an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System; Larry Weisman and Ann Catino recently obtained a favorable ruling from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for an on-site wastewater treatment system. The decision recommended approval of an application for an engineered sub-surface system with a design capacity of 34,000 gallons per day to support a proposed 102,000 square foot new YMCA facility serving the Towns of Westport and Weston, CT. A tentative determination regarding the application was originally issued in May, 2006, but upon receipt of a petition,extensive, contested public hearings were held. After considering the testimony and information offered at the hearings and evaluating the merits of the project, the DEP hearing officer concluded that the discharge that would result if the installation were to receive a permit would adequately protect the waters of the state. A complete copy of the ruling can be accessed here. Moss v. Foster, 96 Conn. App. 369, 900 A.2d 548 (2006); This case involves the enforcement of old deed restrictions between property owners on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound. The disputed deed restrictions concern trees and plantings that may obstruct views of the Sound. Halloran & Sage took over the case after the trial court dismissed it for insufficient evidence. On appeal we obtained an order for new trial based on arguments derived from the limited evidence in the record. Friedman v. Donenfeld, 92 Conn.App. 33, 882 A.2d 1286 (2005) cert. denied, 276 Conn. 930, 889 A.2d 817 (2005); Halloran & Sage successfully defended this action brought by attempted purchasers of commercial waterfront property against the owner. The plaintiffs sought specific performance of an alleged sales contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. On appeal, the Appellate Court upheld the trial court's conclusion that a binder agreement signed by the parties was not itself a binding contract for the sale of the property.|
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