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Kathleen E. Connolly
Boston, Massachusetts
Principal
Phone: 617-439-0305
Fax: 617-439-0325
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Kathleen Connolly is a Principal with Louison, Costello, Condon and Pfaff where practices in the areas of general municipal law and litigation, land use permitting law and litigation, contracts and bid protests, municipal finance, real estate and eminent domain. Ms. Connolly's practice focuses on zoning, planning and conservation for municipal clients as well as developers and other applicants before local, state and federal permitting agencies. She also counsels municipalities on drafting and implementing effective wetlands, zoning by-laws and health regulations, handles zoning and wetlands permitting appeals in the Superior Court, Appeals Court and land Court as well as wetlands appeals before the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals. In 2012, she obtained a victory before the SJC on the application of the Massachusetts SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) statute in a case involving a landowner-farmer who was attempting to comply with a local wetlands order. Ms. Connolly currently represents the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and is special counsel to the Town of North Attleborough, in addition to handling matters for other town counsel and special town counsel clients of the firm.

As President of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Ms. Connolly conducts seminars on environmental law, provides legal advice to the state's conservation commissions through a telephone hotline and regularly publishes articles in the quarterly newsletter. She conducts frequent training sessions on all aspects of municipal law, and land use and environmental law for MACC and other organizations. Ms. Connolly also served on the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Technical Steering Committee developing recommendations to the DCR for management of its Forest and benefits for the citizens of Massachusetts and the environment. Ms. Connolly is a member of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC), and regularly presents and publishes articles on trends in the land trust and tax law related to conservation lands and easements. She is an advisor and presenter at the MLTC's Attorneys' Advisory Panel, and she was part of a group of five other attorneys to rewrite the Massachusetts Model Conservation Restriction and its Amendment Policy, which was published in March 2008. She has also been a presenter for the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association. Throughout her 23 year career, Ms. Connolly has litigated matters at all levels of State and Federal courts in Massachusetts and frequently appears before the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Office of Administrative Appeals and Dispute Resolution

Prior to joining LCCP, Ms. Connolly was associated with Murtha Cullina LLP, Ms. Connolly was associated with the Boston law firm of Kopelman and Paige for almost 16 years, where she was a Principal for 7 years. She also served as a writer and educator at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Public Affairs Division of the New England Region.

Ms. Connolly was the Author of "EPA Enforcement of Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluations (SITE)", "Public Perception of Environmental Risks in New England, U.S. GPO" In 1988 and was Co-Author and Co-Editor of MACC Environmental Handbook for Conservation Commissioners, 2006-2007." She is a frequent publisher in the newsletters of the MACC, Massachusetts Farm Bureau, the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, and the MLTC.

Areas of Practice: 
  • Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use Law
  • Federal, State, and Local Permitting Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Administration Law
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Enforcement 
Education:
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 1991 (J.D. Cum Laude)
  • Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, 1984 (B.A.) Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  •  MA Association of Conservation Commission (MACC), President 03/2013-present.
  •  Boston Bar Association: Co-Chair of the Legislation and Public Policy Committee of Real Estate Section, 09/2013 - 09/2015 term.
  • MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Steering Committee, 2009 - 2010
  • MA Real Estate Bar Association 2008 - present
  • MA Real Estate Finance Association 2008 - present
  • Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC), Attorneys' Panel 2007 - present
  • Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association - 2014
  • American Bar Association Section of Urban, State & Local Government Law Prize Award for "Excellence in the Study of Law, Land Use and Local Government," 1991
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law Honor 2014
Seminars / Classes Taught:
  • Frequent presenter for The Trustees of Reservations, Putnam Conservation Institute, Land Trust Alliance (LTA); MLTC; MAAC; MACC; MA Farm Bureau; Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association; and Boston Bar Association (BBA):
  • Recordkeeping Essentials for Land Trusts, (recorded for sale by LTA);
  • Farming in Wetland Resource Areas;
  • So, You Want to Run a Farmstand: the Legal Necessities;
  • Recent cases on Farming in Wetlands;
  • Private and Public Wetland, Floodplain & Riverfront Enforcement: Learn the Secrets;
  • Administering and Enforcing the Wetlands Protection Act and Your Local ByLaw;
  • Creative Approaches to Financing Your Commission;
  • Update on Open Meeting and State Ethics Commission's Conflict of Interest Laws;
  • Wetlands and Open Space Law: Your Authority, Where it Comes From, and How to Use It Effectively (MACC Advanced Credit Course);
  • Conservation Commissions' Authority to Collect and Spend Fees;
  • Developments in Clean Energy (BBA Continuing Legal Education);
  • Massachusetts New Medical Marijuana Law – Municipal and Permitting Dilemmas (BBA Continuing Legal Education);
  • “Environmental Law Update: What Municipal Counsel needs to Know.”
Past Employment Position:
  • Murtha Cullina LLP, Boston, MA, Counsel, 2008-2014
  • Kopelman and Paige, P.C., Boston, MA, Principal 2001-2008
  • Kopelman and Paige, P.C., Boston, MA Associate 1992-2001 

 

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