James M. Connor is a Shareholder of the Firm. Mr. Connor's experience in the real estate area includes financing, leasing, property tax and land use matters, and he is experienced in the related areas of tax, corporations, partnerships, securities, construction and environmental law. Mr. Connor has represented and advised property owners, developers, lenders and municipalities. Among the clients he has represented on these issues are Simon Property Group, General Growth Properties, New England Development, Lexington Partners, Winn Development Company, the City of Bridgeport, the Hartford Housing Authority and Target Corporation. His representation of property owners and municipalities includes advice on tax liens and their enforcement and assignment as well as valuation, abatement and assessment issues.
Some representative examples of Mr. Connor's practice include providing advice to a municipality on the conduct of the largest non-judicial tax sale ever undertaken in the state, including successful representation in litigation concerning constitutionality of procedures. He also represented a development company in obtaining an arbitration award of over $3 million in connection with wrongful termination of an agreement to develop a research park. Mr. Connor acted as local and coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdiction secured financing transactions including credit lines for real estate investment trusts and manufacturers. He successfully coordinated land assemblage and obtained land use approvals for one of the largest high-rise mixed use projects proposed in New England. Additionally, he designed shared energy savings contracts for a variety of commercial and industrial buildings.
Mr. Connor is a member of various professional and community organizations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Real Property Section and its Committee on Affordable Housing & Homelessness. Mr. Connor has served in a leadership capacity on the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Inc. since 1992, and is currently serving as Secretary and a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served in a leadership capacity of Hill Housing, Inc., the Connecticut Advisory Council of Food for All, Inc. and the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Northern Connecticut.
Mr. Connor is a member of the International Business Council of the Metro Hartford Alliance, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Mr. Connor received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, and his A.B., magna cum laude, in Economics, from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Professional & Community Associations
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC 1980
A.B., magna cum laude, Economics, Harvard College, Cambridge MA 1977
Bar & Court Admissions
Connecticut Bar Association
Real Property Section
Executive Committee 1994-Present
Committee on Affordable Housing & Homelessness 1994-Present
Hartford County Bar Association
The World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Inc.
Executive Committee 1998-Present
Nominating Committee 1993
Hill Housing, Inc.
Vice President 1994-1995
Food for All, Inc. Connecticut Advisory Council 1992-1998
Vice Chair 1994-1996
Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Northern Connecticut
Vice President 1994-1996
MetroHartford Alliance International Business Council
International Council of Shopping Centers
Real Estate Finance Association, Hartford Chapter 1998-2003
Leadership Greater Hartford 1989
State of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut