Dwight Merriam

About Dwight


BIOGRAPHY

Dwight H. Merriam, Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law, founded Robinson & Cole’s Land Use Group in 1978.  He represents land owners, developers, governments and individuals in land use matters.  Dwight is a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former Director of the American Planning Association, a former chair of APA’s Planning and Law Division, the Connecticut member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute National Advisory Board, a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a Counselor of Real Estate, a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. 

He teaches land use law at the University of Connecticut School of Law and at the Vermont Law School and has published over 200 articles and nine books and including  Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown, The Takings Issue, The Complete Guide to Zoning, and Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context.

Dwight has been named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in the area of Land Use Law since 2006, is one of the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers in Connecticut 2011, one of the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers in 2011 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.), ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Connecticut in the area of Real Estate, listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law since 1991 and the areas of Litigation - Land Use & Zoning and Litigation - Real Estate for 2012 and 2013, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America® as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Litigation - Land Use & Zoning for 2013 and in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law for 2012.

He received his B.A (cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, his Masters of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, where he was invited back as the graduation speaker in 2011, and his J.D. from Yale. He is a featured speaker at many land use seminars, and presents monthly audio land use seminars for the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  Dwight has been cited in the national press from The New York Times to People magazine and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, MSNBC and public television.

Dwight served for seven years on active duty in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including three tours in Vietnam, and 24 more years in the reserves, retiring as a Captain following his command of the reserve augmentation unit of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

EDUCATION

—        J.D., Yale University School of Law

—        M.R.P., University of North Carolina, Planning

—        B.A., cum laude, University of Massachusetts

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

—        American Bar Association, 1978 to present, Chair of the Section of State and Local Government Law (2010 to present);  Liaison to the ABA Journal, Section of State and Local Government (2003 to present); Member of President Dennis Archer's Working Group on Protecting the Rights of Service Members, Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (2003 to present)

—        American College of Real Estate Lawyers

—        American Institute of Certified Planners, Fellow and Past President

—        American Planning Association, former Director and previous Chair of Planning and Law Division

—        The Counselors of Real Estate®

—        Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)

—        Vermont Law School, 1994 to present, Faculty

—        University of Connecticut School of Law, 2009 to 2010

—        Anglo-American Real Property Institute

—        Connecticut Law Tribune, Vice Chair of Board of Directors

—        Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc., Board of Directors

—        Owners' Counsel of America, Connecticut Member

HONORS AND AWARDS

—        Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Litigation - Land Use & Zoning for 2013, in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law for 2012, and in the area of Real Estate Law for 2010 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

—        Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law since 1991 and the areas of Litigation - Land Use & Zoning and Litigation - Real Estate for 2012 and 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

—        Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Land Use/Zoning Law since 2006 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

—        Listed as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut by Connecticut Super Lawyers® 2011, 2012 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

—        AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Building and Public Safety Codes; Environmental Land Use; Fire Districts; Improvement Districts; and Land Conservation, Development, Entitlement, and Litigation (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

—        Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Real Estate

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