Real Property Case Law and Legislation: Year in Review – B09

Real Property Track
Real Property Section 

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
Participants will be provided with a review and analysis of recent cases of interest to real property practitioners as well as the bills that have recently passed in the legislative session, and a review of those bills that may not have passed but bear watching.

You Will Learn

  • About the important cases and statutes affecting conveyancing in Connecticut
  • About the important cases of 2016–2017
  • About important statue changes in the 2017 legislative session

Matthew J. Cholewa, Hunt Leibert Jacobson PC, Hartford

Attorney Cholewa is Of Counsel with the law firm of Greene Law. P.C. in Farmington, Connecticut. Prior to reentering private practice in 2014, Matt spent 16 years in the title insurance industry as an Agency Services Manager, State Underwriting Counsel and Claims Counsel. Attorney Cholewa is also the principal of Colonial 1031 Exchange Services, LLC, a 1031 tax deferred exchange consulting company. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering Summa Cum Laude and his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review.

Mr. Cholewa is a member of the Connecticut and Massachusetts bars, is the Immediate Past Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Real Property section, and is an elected member of the House of Delegates, the governing body of the Connecticut Bar

Elton Bud Harvey III, Issac Law Offices LLC, Farmington

Attorney Harvey has been in practice since 1986.  Prior to that he worked in the land survey and title insurance industry and owned his own title abstract firm.   His practice involves a concentration in commercial and residential transactional matters and real estate litigation.  He has been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer™ from 2010-2017.  Bud provides consultation and expert witness services to local counsel in land boundary and easement disputes.  He is the past Chair and an Emeritus Member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Real Property Section, and serves on the Residential Uniform Contract and Residential Specialization Subcommittees of the Real Property Section.  A frequent lecturer in real property matters, he has presented before the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors, the National Business Institute, and the Connecticut Bar Association.  He teaches real estate law, basic title searching, foreclosure and short sale classes as an adjunct faculty member of Manchester Community College and Naugatuck Valley Community College.  He is an instructor at the GRI program offered by Connecticut  Realtors® and with the National Association of Realtors.

Eugene Marconi, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties, Wallingford

Attorney Marconi is the Legal Counsel to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, a full service real estate brokerage with offices serving Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, Attorney Marconi was the General Counsel for the Connecticut Association of Realtors® Inc. for 20 years. During that time, Attorney Marconi served as the Association’s attorney and was also responsible for the Association’s professional standards and risk reduction programs.  As a registered lobbyist for the Association, he appeared before Executive Branch agencies and the Legislature and has testified on numerous occasions before committees of the Legislature.

Gene is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and its School of Law and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Real Property and Antitrust and Trade Regulation Sections. He is a member of the Real Property Section’s Executive Committee and is also an editor-at-large of the Connecticut Bar Journal and a member of the Editorial Board of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Gregory P. Muccilli, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, New Haven

Gregory P. Muccilli is an attorney at Shipman & Goodwin LLP.  Greg practices in real estate development, commercial financing, commercial leasing and land use counseling, particularly in New Haven County, Connecticut.  His experience includes counseling clients in the acquisition, financing, development, leasing and disposition of commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential properties.  Greg represents clients throughout all stages of development and has appeared before various municipal land use departments, inland wetlands committees, planning and zoning commissions and boards of zoning appeal throughout Connecticut.  Greg also serves as Connecticut counsel to companies and developers in multistate transactions which include Connecticut real property, and represents hotel owners and purchasers in the acquisition and disposition of luxury, historic, boutique and franchised hotel properties throughout Connecticut.

Greg also represents developers and investors in government loans, grants and tax credit syndication transactions, including historic rehabilitation tax credit transactions and low-income housing tax credit transactions, and regularly counsels nonprofit organizations and for-profit developments in the acquisition, financing and rehabilitation of affordable and supportive multi-family residential housing projects utilizing low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, HUD-based funding sources such as Community Development Block Grants, Housing Choice Voucher Programs, Project-Based Rental Assistance Programs, and HOME, AHP/FLEX, CHAMP and “Just In Time” development programs.

Valerie Votto, Valerie Ann Votto LLC, Old Lyme

Attorney Votto is sole practitioner with offices in Old Lyme and Guilford.  A member of the Real Estate Executive Committee, as well as Chairman ofthe Standardized Contact Subcommittee, her practice focusses on commercial and residential transactions. She served as statewide closing counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development for eight years. Presently serving as Professional Standards Counsel for the New Haven Middlesex Association of Realtors and a member of the Real Estate Educators’ Association, she lectures throughout the state on real estate related matters for real estate boards and associations, as well as teaches a variety of continuing education classes for a number of real estate schools.


1.0 CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)