Real Property Case Law and Legislation: Year in Review – D09

Real Property Track
Real Property Section

Session D: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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 the most current legislative session and a review of those bills that may not have passed but bear watching.

You will learn:

  • About the important cases of 2016-2017
  • About important statute changes in the 2017 legislative session
  • About the value of the CBA Real Property Section as a tool for the practitioner


Matt J. Cholewa, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC, Hartford

Attorney Cholewa is a Partner in McCalla Raymer Liebert Pierce’s Real Estate Practice Group, Title Clearance Group, and Financial and Title Services Group. Mr. Cholewa’s practice focuses on representing lenders, owners and sellers in commercial and residential real estate transactions, title insurance defense litigation, expert witness work, title curative and the resolution of complex title issues, both in the transactional and foreclosure arenas, and section 1031 tax deferred exchanges.

Mr. Cholewa has extensive title experience, having worked 16 years in the title insurance industry as Agency Services Manager, State Underwriting Counsel and States Claims Counsel for national title insurance underwriters. Prior to that, Mr. Cholewa was an attorney at a large, Hartford based, commercial law firm, where he focused on leasing, land use law and commercial real estate.




Elton Harvey, Isaac Law Offices LLC, Farmington

Attorney Harvey has been an attorney since 1986.  His practice involves commercial and residential transactional matters and real estate litigation.  Prior to entering into private practice in 1988, he owned his own title abstract company and was employed in the title insurance industry.  He is the immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Real Property Section.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.   A frequent lecturer in real property matters, he works with real estate agents and clients in short sales and foreclosure matters.  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 and for the GRI course offered by CT Realtors®.
A resident of Enfield, Connecticut, when he is not playing old boy’s rugby for the Connecticut Grey RFC, he is training to become a referee for quadriplegic athletes that compete in the U.S. Quad Rugby league.


Eugene Marconi, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 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 LLC, New Haven

Attorney 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 is a member of the CBA Special Committee on Standards of Title, the executive committee of the CBA Real Property Section, the New Haven County Bar Association Real Property Committee, the Board of Directors of the New Haven County Bar Foundation and recently served on the committee that revised and updated the New Haven County Closing Customs.  When not practicing law, Greg practices music at the Institute of Sacred music at Yale University as a member of the Yale Camerata, the Yale Camerata Chamber Choir and the Yale Recital Chorus.  Greg is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Tax Court, and was recently named as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star in Real Estate.  He holds degrees from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and the University of Connecticut.

Valerie Ann 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 a member of the Standardized Contact Subcommittee, her practice focuses 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.






CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (AOP)