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Dwight H. Merriam
Partner

dmerriam@rc.com
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-275-8228        Fax: 860-275-8299
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Attorney Dwight H. Merriam Biography

Dwight Merriam founded Robinson & Cole's Land Use Group in 1978. He represents land owners, developers, governments, and individuals in land use matters. Mr. Merriam is a Fellow and past president of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former director of the American Planning Association (APA), a former chair of the APA's Planning and Law Division, immediate past chair of the American Bar Association's Section of State and Local Government Law, chair of The Institute for Local Government Studies at The Center for American and International Law, 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's National Advisory Board, a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a CRE® (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 eight books, including Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown, The Takings Issue, The Complete Guide to Zoning, and Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context. He is the senior co-author of the leading casebook in land use law, Planning and Control of Land Development (Eighth Edition).

Mr. Merriam is a featured speaker at many land use seminars and presents monthly audio land use seminars for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He has been cited in the national press, from The New York Times to People magazine, and has appeared on NBC's Today show, MSNBC, and public television.

Mr. Merriam also had a career in the Navy, serving for three tours in Vietnam aboard ship, then returning to be the senior advisor of the Naval ROTC Unit at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he taught defense administration and military management as an assistant professor in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in defense administration and military management. He left active duty after seven years to attend law school but continued for 24 more years as a reserve surface warfare officer with two major commands, including that of reserve commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He retired as a captain in 2009 after 31 years of service.



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 2011)
Fellow of 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
Counselor 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


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Vermont Law School, Faculty (teaches land use law)


HONORS AND AWARDS
Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Real Estate
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the area of Litigation - Real Estate for 2014, in the are 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 2013 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 since 2012 (Copyright 2013 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.)
Robinson & Cole Mentor of the Year Award Recipient, 2013






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