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Hollister, Timothy

Timothy S. Hollister


Tim Hollister practices land use, environmental and municipal law, and handles a wide range of real estate and administrative law challenges that arise in the context of land use and environmental matters. He has represented developers, corporations, property owners, municipalities, boards of education, and neighborhood and environmental groups in administrative proceedings before local, state, regional and federal agencies and litigation in the state and federal trial courts. He has argued more than 45 cases in the state and federal appellate courts. When representing applicants seeking land use and environmental permits, Tim’s approach is to work closely with the team of experts and consultants to present the application in a professional, procedurally correct, substantively compliant, and cost-conscious manner, and to create an administrative record that will lead the agency to grant approval.

He is recognized both regionally and nationally for his work in workforce and affordable housing development, wetlands regulation, and eminent domain. Tim has specific experience in eminent domain and inverse condemnation, unconstitutional takings, exactions and other civil rights violations, workforce and affordable housing, fair housing, wetlands regulation, drafting and enforcement of land use regulations, inclusionary zoning, flood plain management, mineral rights, riparian rights, specific performance, landlord and tenant, quiet title, title insurance, tax appeals, broker’s commissions and foreclosures.


  • Rainbow Housing Corp. v Town of Cromwell: Successfully represented Rainbow Housing Corporation and its affiliate Gilead Community Services, subsidiaries of mental health services providers Connecticut Institute for the Blind and Oak Hill, in a tax exemption case in the Connecticut Superior Court, and then as co-counsel with Attorney Pat Naples of Shipman & Goodwin, in the Supreme Court.
  • Secured a victory for a neighborhood group of more than 500 residents of the area around Lime Rock Racetrack in Salisbury, Connecticut, a victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court in the case of Lime Rock Park vs Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission et al.. At issue was the right of the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission to adopt revised zoning regulations to control the proposed expansion of the Race Track from a regional, auto-club-based operation into a NASCAR-type national facility capable of hosting multi-day races. Such expansion would require racing on Sundays, which has been banned at Lime Rock since the late 1950’s by a court order in a noise nuisance case brought by neighbors of the Track. The trial court had ruled in 2018 that a state statute as amended in 1998 prohibited local zoning regulation from banning auto racing on Sundays. This ruling generated enormous pressure to prevail in this appeal, to protect the quality of life and property values of our hundreds of clients. The Supreme Court delivered a victory when it reversed the trial court, holding that the 1998 amendment to the state statute had rendered the law ambiguous as to Sunday racing, but the legislative history showed that the General Assembly could not have intended in 1998 to create a statewide right to conduct racing on Sundays, regardless of local regulations banning it.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2021-Present)
  • Shipman & Goodwin LLP
    • Partner (1992-2021)

Honors & Awards

  • Citizen of the Law Award, Connecticut Bar Association (2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Real Estate (2004-2014); Real Estate: Band One Zoning/Land Use (2015-2021)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Land Use/Zoning (2006-2021)
  • Listed as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Connecticut by Super Lawyers® (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning (2009-2022)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year": Best Lawyers Hartford Region Litigation-Land Use and Zoning; (2011-2014, 2017, 2020): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Land Use and Zoning Law (2016, 2018, 2021)
  • Steering Committee, HOMEConnecticut Campaign (2005-present)
  • Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Affordable Housing, State of Connecticut Office of the Governor (1999-2000)
  • HOBI Award, Connecticut Home Builders Association (2019)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Home Builders and Remodelers Association (2004 and 2007)
  • Local Government Law Fellow, International Municipal Lawyers Association (2002-2007, 2012-2017, renewed in 2017, for 2017-2022)
  • Marvin Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney/National Public Service Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association (2008)
  • Filed seven petitions or briefs in the United States Supreme Court

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Author, His Father Still: A Parenting Memoir, Oprah's Book Club Recommended Reading, July 2016
  • 2015 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award, National Safety Council
  • Author, Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving, (Chicago Review Press, 2nd edition 2018),; Author, "From Reid's Dad," a national blog for parents of teen drivers,; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Public Service Award (2010); Public Service Award, Governor's Highway Safety Association, (2014); Teen Driver Safety Leadership Award, National Safety Council (2015)
  • Governor's Teen Safe Driving Task Force: Member (2007-2008)
  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness: Counsel (1988-present)
  • Asylum Hill Congregational Church: Task Force on Inclusiveness and Diversity, Co-Chair (2004-2006); Senior Minister Search Committee (2011)
  • Coro Foundation, New York Center: Founding Member, Board of Directors (1980-86)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Planning Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section, Executive Committee (1992-present)
    • Member, Planning and Zoning Section (1992-present)
    • Chair, Affordable Housing and Homelessness Committee (2005-2008)
    • Chair (1996-1997)
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
    • Member, Program Planning Committee (2002-present)
    • Former Regional Vice President
    • Former State Chair

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States Supreme Court

News & Insight


Ex-Shipman Atty Joins Hinckley's Real Estate Group In Conn.

February 16, 2021

Hinckley Allen has added a former Shipman & Goodwin LLP attorney, who has nearly 40 years of experience representing landowners and real estate developers in land use and environmental disputes, to its real estate practice in Hartford, Connecticut.Timo…

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34 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 12, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has selected 34 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to re…

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57 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America 2022

August 19, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that 57 attorneys are recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 7 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 15 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inaugural "Ones to W…

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Chambers USA 2021 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 20, 2021

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2021 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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Prominent Land Use Attorney Timothy S. Hollister joins Hinckley Allen

February 12, 2021

Expanding its team of veteran real estate attorneys, Hinckley Allen has added Timothy S. Hollister, a Connecticut prominent land use and environmental lawyer, as a partner to the firm.“Tim’s extensive experience in land use will make him a valuable ass…

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Case Study

A Win for Those in Need

Timothy S. Hollister represented Rainbow Housing Corporation and its affiliate Gilead Community Services, subsidiaries of mental health services providers Connecticut Institute for the Blind and Oak Hill, in a tax exemption case in the Connecticut Superior…


Past Event

WEBINAR—The Nonprofit Property Tax Battle: Rainbow Housing Corp. v. Town of Cromwell

October 14, 2021

To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.The trial court agreed with Rainbow and Gilead. The Supreme Court agreed that the property qualifies for tax exemption as temporary housing, but did not address whether the property is subsidized hous…

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WEBINAR: Connecticut's Revised Land Use Laws

July 15, 2021

Join Hinckley Allen and the Homebuilders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut for this complimentary webinar that will offer advice about recent amendments to Connecticut’s land use laws that will have substantial implications on Connectic…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Developers Forum Program

March 24, 2021

Partner Timothy S. Hollister will join an esteemed panel and lead a discussion on structural inequities in land use, and how zoning applications can be used to challenge illegality."Tim will be followed by Attorney Erin Boggs who will introduce the Open Co…

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WEBINAR: Dismantling Structural Inequities in Zoning Through Legislation and Litigation

March 11, 2021

Partner Timothy S. Hollister will join an esteemed panel to look at various types of land use policies that create disparities and provide a look at how our speakers are proposing to revise state zoning laws to reduce segregation."Housing, be it owned or r…

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