Sorell E. Negro

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Sorell Negro is an associate in Robinson & Cole's LandLaw Section, where she focuses on land use and environmental litigation. Her litigation experience spans federal and state court and includes land use appeals, complex real property disputes, regulation and remediation of wetlands, public health violations, and environmental contamination claims, including liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.  Ms. Negro provides guidance to clients on a variety of land use issues, including zoning, permitting and development, smart growth initiatives, coastal development, property rights, eminent domain, and impacts of proposed land use regulations and recently enacted legislation.

    Prior to joining Robinson & Cole, Ms. Negro clerked for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She holds a certificate in justice and peace studies from Georgetown University and a certificate in cross-cultural issues in mediation and negotiation from Cornell University's Scheinman Institute.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Fellow (2012 - present)
      Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Vice Chair of Land Use and Zoning Committee (2012 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Environmental Law Section, Executive Committee (2013 - present)

      American Bar Association
      Young Lawyers Division, Liaison to the Section of State and Local Government Law (2013 - present)
      Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Water Resources Committee, Vice Chair of Website/Electronic Communications (2013 - present)
      Section of State and Local Government Law, Liaison to ABA's Young Lawyers Division, Co-chair of Young Lawyers Committee (2013 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      2013 Jefferson B. Fordham Up & Comers Award from the American Bar Association's Section of State and Local Government Law

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Land Use/Zoning in 2013 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Received a 2013 Excellence in Writing Award from the American Bar Association's Probate & Property magazine for the Best Cutting-Edge Article in Real Property for her article "Looking Below the Surface: Planning for Impacts on People, Places, and Property from Natural Gas Development"



  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Recent Developments in Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change," published in The Urban Lawyer (Fall 2013)

      "Protecting Stream Flows: Water Management Strategies from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission," published in the Water Resources Committee Newsletter of the ABA's Section of the Environment, Energy, and Resources (2/2013)

      "Man Camps, Boomtowns, and the Boom-and-Bust Cycle: Learning from Rifle, Colorado, and Williams County, North Dakota," published in Beyond the Fracking Wars, a publication of the American Bar Association (2013)

      "You Can Take It to the Bank: The Role of Land Banking in Dealing with Distressed Properties," published in Zoning and Planning Law Report (September 2012)

      "Retail Primer on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations," published in Retail Law Strategist, co-authored with Brian W. Blaesser (Summer 2012)

      "Distinguishing Water Law from Land Use to Protect Water Quality and Navigate Rapanos," published in Environmental Claims Journal (5/21/2012)

      "Navigating History: Montana and State Riverbed Ownership," published in Law360, co-authored with Evan J. Seeman, and Brian R. Smith (4/2/2012)

      "Land Banking: A Sharper Tool in the Distressed Property Toolkit," published in The Abstract, co-authored with Dwight H. Merriam (Spring 2012)

      "Fracking Wars: Federal, State, and Local Conflicts over the Regulation of Natural Gas Activities," published in Zoning and Planning Law Report (2/2012)

      "Built Seawalls: A Protected Investment or Subordinate to the Public Trust?" published in the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal of the University of Maine School of Law (2012)

      "Water Stress in New York State: The Regional Imperative?" published in Journal of Water Law, co-authored with Keith S. Porter (2009)

      "A New Tool for Vacant Properties: Land-Banking," published in Municipal Lawyer (March/April 2012)

      "Looking Below the Surface: Planning for Impacts on People, Places, and Property from Natural Gas Development," published in Probate & Property, a publication of the American Bar Association (July/August 2013)

      "Preparing, Adapting, and Rebuilding: Rising Sea Levels Raise New Legal Issues," published in Probate & Property, a publication of the American Bar Association (November/December 2013)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "The Regulation of Fracking," Guest Lecturer at Quinnipiac Law School for Professor Jeffrey Meyer's Environmental Law Class (10/31/2013)

      "Fractured Communities: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Law in New York State," at Albany Law Review symposium panel (9/24/2013)

      "Ethical Rules and Considerations for Planners, Plan Commissioners, and Lawyers," co-presenter for APA ethics webinar (9/4/2013)

      "New Takings Issues: Regulating Shale Development and Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change," presented as part of CLE panel discussion on hot topics in land use and environmental law at the ABA's Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (5/17/2013)

      "Land Banking 101: A National Perspective," Organizer and panel Moderator for national CLE teleconference for the ABA's Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section (3/27/2013)

      "Beyond the Fracking Wars," at a CLE panel at the 2013 ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas (2/7/2013)

      "Planning for Shale Development: Booms, Busts, and Beyond," organized and moderated this national webinar for the American Planning Association (10/26/2012)

      "Marcellus Shale Development: Planning for Environmental, Community, and Economic Impacts," moderated this session at the American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter Annual Meeting in New York City (10/19/2012)

      "Land Banking: An Opportunity for Southern New England?" co-moderated this panel with Evan Seeman, which was presented at the Southern New England American Planning Association Conference (9/21/2012)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • March 27, 2014

        Sorell Negro Writes about Climate Change Impacts, Receives Award

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      • March 14, 2014

        Hartford Lawyer Speaks to the ABA's YLD about Leadership

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      • January 23, 2014

        Sorell Negro Publishes Article in ABA's Probate & Property

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      • December 31, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Participate in National Teleconference on Government Law

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      • December 13, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Participate in APA Webinar on Ethical Rules

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      • December 2, 2013

        Sorell Negro Authors Chapter for ABA Book

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      • October 15, 2013

        Sorell Negro Participates in Panel, Publishes Article on Regulation of Natural Gas Activities

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      • September 17, 2013

        Sorell Negro Elected to Executive Committee of the CBA's Environmental Law Section

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      • June 24, 2013

        Sorell Negro Presents to the ABA's Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference

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      • May 21, 2013

        Land Use Lawyer Organizes and Moderates Land Banking Teleconference

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      • April 11, 2013

        Ocean and Coastal Law Journal Publishes Article by Sorell Negro

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      • March 29, 2013

        Land Use Lawyer Pens Article for ABA Newsletter

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      • March 12, 2013

        Sorell Negro Presents at CLE Panel on Fracking Wars

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      • January 3, 2013

        Sorell Negro Writes Article on Land Banking for Zoning and Planning Law Report

      • December 5, 2012

        Earl Phillips and Sorell Negro Discuss Shale Development for American Planning Association Webinar

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      • November 13, 2012

        Sorell Negro Moderates Panel Discussion at American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter Annual Meeting

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      • September 18, 2012

        Land Use Lawyers Speaking at 2012 Southern New England American Planning Association Conference

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      • August 2, 2012

        Sorell Negro Earns American Bar Association Fellowship

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      • July 16, 2012

        LandLaw Attorneys Co-Author Article on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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      • June 19, 2012

        Land Use Lawyers Write About the Popularity of Land Banking and the Clean Water Act

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      • March 5, 2012

        LandLaw Lawyer Writes Fracking Article Published in the Zoning and Planning Law Report

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 27, 2013

        American Bar Association Recognizes Sorell Negro with Jefferson B. Fordham Society’s Up & Comers Award

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      • September 5, 2012

        Real Estate Attorneys Selected for Leadership Positions in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association

      • November 7, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Adds a LandLaw Associate in Hartford

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