Ann Catino practices primarily in the areas of environmental, utilities, and land use law. Ann represents private and public sector clients in matters involving land use and real estate development, the purchase and sale of contaminated property, permitting and regulatory compliance and auditing; property remediation and environmental litigation. She appears regularly before federal and state environmental and siting agencies, local regulatory boards and all courts in superfund litigation, private cost recovery claims and federal/state enforcement actions. She regularly represents clients and appears before the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Connecticut Siting Council, and numerous local commissions and authorities. She is particularly familiar with adjudicatory proceedings at the Connecticut DEEP having represented applicants for solid waste and water permits in contested cases where concerns regarding the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act are raised. And, she has defended numerous orders that have resulted in hearings on behalf of her clients. Ann also has litigated various commercial cases, environmental claims, and citizen suits arising under both federal and state environmental laws.
Ann has experience in representing and counseling clients in all environmental media - air, water, solid waste and remediation. She has also represented development projects - including power plant development, alternative waste water treatment facilities, various retail development, gas stations, manufacturers, entertainment venues - including the development of the Meadows Music Theater over a 1920s urban landfill. The Meadows was the first facility of its kind financed through the state's urban sites program and tax increment financing. She has permitted a variety of solid waste facilities including transfer stations, recycling and volume reduction facilities successfully. As clients transfer property, she also has assisted them in the transfer of permits, compliance with the Transfer Act and brownfield and contaminated property redevelopment.
Ann provided counsel to the State during the recent renovation and redevelopment of twenty-three service plaza facilities on Routes I-95, I-395 and 15. The project, over the long term, changed the face of the State's fuel and food facilities. She also negotiated an exceptionally lucrative resolution for the costs associated with the cleanup of historical contamination at the service plazas with the prior retail petroleum provider, which avoided years of litigation.
From 2006 to the present, Ann serves as Co-Chair of the State's Task Force on Brownfields Strategies (now named the Brownfield Working Group), which advises the legislature on issues involving brownfields, property remediation and economic development. In 2010 she served on the State's Permitting Task Force, and in 2011 served on the transition team for environmental issues. Ann testifies regularly on environmental bills before the Connecticut General Assembly and volunteers many hours to these initiatives in order to develop practical, cost effective laws that are also protective of the environment. As a result, she often is asked to assist in the development of new laws and regulatory initiatives.
Ann is a past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and on the Board of Advisors for the Construction Institute. She is a member of many organizations including the Connecticut Women's Council, Society of Women Environmental Professionals, Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut, Real Estate Exchange, the Environmental Policies Council of Connecticut Business and Industries Association, the MetroHartford Alliance Strategic Partners, and the Connecticut Chapter of the National Brownfields Association.
Ann has been named for the Top 25: Women Connecticut Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the Top 50: Women New England Super Lawyers in 2016. She also has been selected eight times in the past twelve years by Super Lawyers® in areas of Environmental, Land Use / Zoning and Environmental Litigation. Since 2014, she has been nominated for their Business Edition in Construction, Real Estate & Environmental. Ann has been recognized by the The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Litigation - Environmental as well as Litigation - Land Use & Zoning since 2013. In addition, Ann has been recognized by Chambers USA for three consecutive years in the Environment section, earning a Band 3 ranking in 2014.
Since 2011, Ann has served on the St. Anselm College Board of Trustees and she chairs the Facilities and Technology Committee as part of her Board responsibilities.