We are pleased to announce that Dwight H. Merriam of Robinson & Cole in Hartford, Connecticut has joined the Owners' Counsel as the Connecticut attorney-member dedicated to representing private property owners, developers and businesses in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, land use and related property rights matters. Dwight is a Counselor of Real Estate, a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, Chair of the Institute of Local Government Studies at the Center for American and International Law, a Fellow and Past President of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute National Advisory Board, and the Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of State and Local Government Law.
Among his many accomplishments, Dwight has been recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers in the area of Land Use Law since 2006, and has been listed as one of the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers as well as one of the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). He has also been included in Best Lawyers® since 1991 in the areas of land use and real estate law and was honored by that publication as a Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law in 2012.
Dwight teaches land use law at the University of Connecticut School of Law and at Vermont Law School. He has published over 200 articles and 8 books including The Takings Issue and Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context as well as chapters in Nichols on Eminent Domain, the seminal treatise on eminent domain law nationwide.
Dwight was a member of the Robinson & Cole condemnation litigation team that recently secured a $167,501,656 just compensation award for Gyrodyne against the State of New York as well as a co-author of a brief in favor of the property owner in the New York rent control case, Harmon v. Kimmel, No. 11-496 (cert. denied April 23, 2012).