“I am a lifelong resident of New Haven and have developed an understanding of how the City operates. For example, New Haven’s zoning is done under a Special Act, not like most of the rest of Connecticut.”
Carolyn is a partner in the firm’s Land Use practice group. Her practice focuses on land use and zoning, municipal law, non-profit organizations, and health care issues. Notably, her land use representation includes all stages of the permitting process, including drafting zoning regulations, obtaining land use permits and representing clients in zoning appeals. She also serves as general counsel to several quasi-municipal agencies, including the New Haven Port Authority and the City of New Haven City Employees’ Retirement Fund.
Carolyn is a member of the Connecticut and New York Bars. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as an Assistant and a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven and as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Bridgeport School of Law (now known as Quinnipiac University School of Law). Carolyn earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College and her J.D. from Boston University.
Carolyn has been recognized since 2021 by Best Lawyers® for her work in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law, and was named Lawyer of the Year for 2023 for Land Use & Zoning Law in New Haven.
Carolyn represents developers in obtaining local zoning approvals including site plan approvals, special permits, inland wetland approvals, coastal site plan approvals, zone changes (including Planned Development Districts), special exceptions (including Planned Development Units), variances, tax abatements and tax assessment deferral agreements. For large redevelopment projects that involve City of New Haven land, she has participated in the drafting and negotiation of development and land disposition agreements and zoning amendments. She also assists clients in procuring affordable housing financing.
A number of projects in the City of New Haven that Carolyn has worked on include:
- New Haven County Bar Association – Co-Chair Land Use Section; Former Member of the Executive Committee; Former Tri-Chair of the Public Service Committee
- Member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys
- Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, Former Vice-President
- Community Mediation, Former Board Member
- New Haven Preservation Trust, Former Board Member
- Regional Growth Partnership, Former Board Member
- Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven, Former Board Member
- Connecticut Association for Human Services, Former Board Member
- Congregation Mishkan Israel, Former Member of the Personnel Committee
- Connecticut Bar Association (Planning & Zoning Section)
- New Haven Inns of Court, Former Bencher Member
- Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Former Member of Governmental Affairs Committee
- Montessori School on Edgewood, Former Board Member