THE FIRM Shipman & Goodwin's Hartford and Stamford offices play a key part in its strong regional real estate practice. It has a sizable team dedicated to this field of practice, making it an excellent choice for a range of clients, including developers, public bodies and private equity funds. Highlights include the ongoing representation of the State of Connecticut in the $500 million public and private Adriaen's Landing project in downtown Hartford.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Hawkins handles real estate and litigation matters from the Stamford office. He is a senior figure who attracts the highest levels of market praise as a "preeminent" lawyer and a "workhorse" in this arena. His key highlights include advising Webster Bank on a contentious zoning issue regarding a potential branch of the bank.
"Great team player" Timothy Hollister is based in the Hartford office and has a visible practice in real estate litigation, land use and affordable housing work. He counts a number of development companies as clients, and advised one such company in a keenly fought federal civil rights action arising from an eminent domain dispute.
Stamford partner Donald Gustafson is an approved title insurance agent and lawyer, and stands out particularly for his sound transactional and loan work. He recently acted for a real estate developer and a private equity entity in deal negotiations, including advising on funding arrangements.
Kent Nevins was formerly general counsel at mortgage investment entity CBA Commercial. Now back in private practice in Shipman & Goodwin's Stamford office, he is well positioned to provide commercial advice on a range of transactional real estate matters, including REITs and general development work. His clients include Starwood Capital and Levin Properties.
William Rock is described as "a solid lawyer" in the Hartford office. He heads up the firm's finance group, and is highlighted for his work on the finance side of general commercial as well as real estate matters. His key clients include residential mortgage lenders such as 1st Alliance Lending.
Christopher Smith practices out of Hartford. He is noted for his "solid" and "active" practice, especially in land use, zoning and environmental work, as well as contentious matters. His high-level practice has seen him argue appellate matters all the way up to the Connecticut Supreme Court.