Edward V. O'Hanlan


  • Overview


    Ted O'Hanlan is chair of the firm's Land Use Group and his practice runs the full gamut of land use matters, from administrative applications and appeals to complex real property litigation, including state and federal wetlands and environmental laws, real property law, title insurance claims and defenses, and constitutional law issues. He serves as attorney trial referee and fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court and in numerous private arbitrations. He is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law and has taught trial advocacy for the Connecticut Bar Association and at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a barrister in the Raymond Baldwin Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

    In over 30 years of trial practice, Mr. O'Hanlan has successfully represented clients before forums ranging from municipal land use and wetlands agencies to NASD arbitrations to jury and bench trials in state and federal courts to appeals before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

    Mr. O'Hanlan previously served as special land use counsel and special human services counsel to the Town of New Canaan, Connecticut. He is a retired Navy captain (JAG) after 25 years of active and reserve service. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Defended private owner against claims of a prescriptive "avigation" easement in air space by county government seeking to expand airport runway on abutting property. Adverse summary judgment decision by USDC was reversed in client's favor after U.S. Court of Appeals certified case for argument to and advice from state Supreme Court on issue of first impression under real property law.
      • Pursued successful appeal to Connecticut Supreme Court that reversed lower court dismissal and clarified right of private action under Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act and standing doctrine under Environmental Protection Act.
      • Representation of St. Andrew's Parish in Stamford, Connecticut. Client had valuable excess land for development. Robinson & Cole developed a sales contract (not an option to buy) as a part of an eight-year ground lease with rent commencing (and stepping up) at a large enough monthly amount to support parish activities. The developer had up to eight years to time the market for apartment approvals, and the land value/purchase price amount was fixed in future at a set percentage of the total project value (future market value including extraordinary 100 percent occupancy presumption). Many local approvals were required in the name of the ground landlord, but in favor of the ground tenant.
      • Real Estate

      • Representing a nonprofit human services organization in a dispute concerning title to a large parcel of real estate and the effect of a reverter in the deed.
      • Other Experiences

      • Representation of major title insurer in dispute with commercial developer over some $200,000 in unpaid real property taxes. The client sought a declaratory judgment that it was not liable to reimburse the insured when the insured unilaterally paid over $200,000 to the municipality without the insurer's consent. The insured also breached its duty to cooperate in the client's coverage investigation. The insured countersued, alleging breach of contract, bad faith, and unfair trade and insurance practices. The bad faith and unfair trade/insurance practices claims were dismissed on summary judgment. After a trial to the court without a jury, the court rendered declaratory judgments in favor of the client and rejected the insured's breach of contract counterclaim.
      • Representation of an urban parish in defending its right to sell a dilapidated building next to the sanctuary to a developer under a long-term lease agreement that will fund the mission of the church for decades into the future. After the sale and removal of the building was approved, an advocacy group formed to try to require the congregation to maintain and rehabilitate the building, at substantial cost and with little future value. Robinson & Cole helped prevent the group from obtaining landmark status for the building. After Robinson & Cole helped the parish prevail at the administrative agency level, Robinson & Cole defeated an injunction action intended to prevent development of the property.
      • Intellectual Property

      • Representation of Imaginative Research Associates, a cosmetics and pharmaceutical research company, in an action brought to enforce intellectual property, noncompete, and confidentiality restrictions in a stock purchase agreement; defeated a motion for summary judgment and thereafter settled the action on favorable terms.
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Past Member of Board of Directors, House of Delegates

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Fellow

      New Canaan Bar Association
      Past President

      Stamford Regional Bar Association
      Board of Directors

      Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Real Estate for 2012 - 2015 and in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use for 2016

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Land Use/Zoning Law since 2007 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      2010 Pro Urbe Award, St. Andrew's Parish, Stamford, Connecticut

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Award, 2009

      AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Land Use Law, Zoning Law, Real Estate Litigation, and Civil 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, 2016

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      New Canaan Community Foundation
      Sapienza Scholarship Committee (2008 - 2011)

      ABC New Canaan Inc.
      Pro Bono Counsel

      ABC Darien Inc.
      Pro Bono Counsel

      Philip Johnson Glass House
      Zoning Counsel

      Stamford Land Conservation Trust
      Board of Directors

      New Canaan YMCA
      Board of Directors (2004 - 2011)

      Waveny Care Center Health Services
      Board of Directors Chairman (2007 - 2009)

      Navy League of United States
      President, Stamford Chapter (1997 - 2000)

      Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
      Board of Directors
    • Publications


      "Why Access to Legal Services Matters," published in Report of the Task Force to Improve Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters, member of the committee tasked with drafting the section "Why Access to Legal Services Matters" (12/15/2016)
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      "Easements, Buddhists and Sexually Oriented Businesses: An Update on Real Property Law," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Tyisha S. Hovanec (9/2008)
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      "2007 Real Property Law Developments," published in Connecticut Bar Journal (7/2008)

      "2007 Connecticut Real Property Law Developments," published in Connecticut Bar Journal (3/2008)
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      "2006 Connecticut Real Property Law Developments," published in Connecticut Bar Journal (6/2007)
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      "Court Tackles Multiple Real Property Issues: Smorgasbord of Decisions Includes Eminent Domain, Sovereign Immunity," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (9/2006)

    • Presentations


      "Jetties, Docks, Seawalls, Littoral Rights, Waterfront Homes, Spartina, and More," at Robinson & Cole's Coastal Considerations and Regulatory Reality Breakfast Seminar (7/14/2009)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • January 3, 2017

        Ted O’Hanlan Participates in Connecticut Legislative Task Force on Legal Counsel in Civil Matters

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      • September 15, 2014

        Ted O'Hanlan to Serve on CVLC Board

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      • June 18, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Takes Part in Chamber Golf Tournament

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      • June 11, 2014

        Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Recognizes Robinson+Cole for Sponsoring Home Run for Heroes

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      • November 15, 2013

        LandLaw Lawyers Speak at SNEAPA Annual Conference

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      • April 23, 2013

        Stamford Lawyers Elected as Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

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      • December 20, 2010

        LandLaw Attorneys Receive Award for Pro Bono Work

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      • September 21, 2010

        Edward O’Hanlan Featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “Wetlands Battle”

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      • December 9, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Land Use Attorneys Co-Author Article for Law Tribune

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 13, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Dedication and Outstanding Contributions

      • May 27, 2016

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Earns Six Practice Area Rankings in Chambers USA 2015

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • May 29, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Earns Rankings in Chambers USA 2014 in all Connecticut Practice Areas

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      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • June 10, 2013

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Five Practices, Names 17 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • June 7, 2012

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Five Practices, Names 16 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

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