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About Cindy J. Karlson

Cindy Karlson’s practice is in environmental and land use law, and includes compliance counseling, transactional work, administrative matters, and litigation. Prior to forming her own law firm, Ms. Karlson was an associate with the international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP and Counsel at Day Pitney LLP (formerly Day Berry & Howard), practicing in the environmental practice groups.

Cindy counsels clients in permitting, enforcement, and transactional matters under federal, state and local environmental permitting, health and safety, hazardous waste, air and water pollution laws. She handles environmental issues for a variety of industries, lenders, commercial developers/property managers, and insurers relating to corporate and real estate transactions.  Her work involves pre-transaction counseling and the structuring of deals, developing risk management strategies, negotiating contractual language concerning environmental risk and allocation of liability for known and unknown conditions; and environmental due diligence. Cindy assists clients in the negotiation and performance of environmental site assessments, audits, and technical consultant contracts for the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties. She also has experience with environmental litigation, Superfund matters/negotiations, and natural resource damage law.

Areas of Practice

Environmental & Land Use

Real Estate & Development Transactions

Brownfields Redevelopment

Environmental Compliance Counseling

Environmental Litigation & Administrative Actions

Law Offices of Cindy J. Karlson, LLC
575 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340

Office 860.245.4922 • Direct 860.614.0184
Fax 860.812.2010

Published Works

Connecticut Law Tribune, April 11, 2014
Author, “Environmental Law: The Importance of Choosing Your Words Wisely”

Bohonnon Newsletter, Spring 2014
Author, “NOAA’s Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule – Recent Federal Enforcement Efforts Against Private Yachts” 

Connecticut Law Tribune, October 8, 2013
Author, “Environmental Law: Revised Standards Impact Environmental Due Diligence” 

Bohonnon Newsletter, Summer, 2013
Author, “New Connecticut Environmental Laws Impact Marinas and Coastal Development” 

Bohonnon Newsletter, Summer, 2013
Author, “USEPA Revised Vessel General Permit Casts Wide Net”

Connecticut Law Tribune, September 28, 2012
Author, “In Irene’s Wake, Changes Made to Coastal Management Act”

Connecticut Law Tribune, October 3, 2011
Co-author, “Initiatives Reshaping Energy, Environmental Landscape”

Textile World, June 21, 2011
Co-author, “Antimicrobial Claims: Mold and Mildew Prevention Subject to Pesticide Regulation”

Day Pitney Alert, June 10, 2011
Co-author, “U.S. EPA Reveals 150-plus Chemical Names Previously Protected as Confidential Business Information”

Connecticut Law Tribune, April 11, 2011
Co-author, “Changes Coming In Water Law Permitting, Regulations”

Day Pitney Alert, October 15, 2010
Co-author, “U.S. EPA Releases Draft Plan for RE-Powering America’s Land”

Day Pitney Alert, June 16, 2010
Co-author, “Court Rules No Apportionment Under Connecticut Transfer Act”

Day Pitney Alert, February 9, 2010
Co-author, “TSCA: Significant New Use Rules for 15 Chemicals Effective April 2, 2010″

Day Pitney Alert, January 5, 2010
Co-author, “Sweeping Environmental Liability Under the Bankruptcy Carpet: Fresh Start Is Not Guaranteed”

Day Pitney Alert, September 4, 2009
Co-author, “New Jersey Federal Court Rules Costs Spent To Obtain a ‘No Further Action’ Letter Are Not Recoverable Cleanup Costs”

Day Pitney Alert, November 19, 2007
Co-author, “Federal Multimedia Enforcement Results in Record Criminal and Civil Fines Totaling More Than $350 Million”

DBH Outlook, Spring 2005
Co-author, “Environmental & Land Use Outlook”

Commercial Lease Law Insider, April 2004
Co-author, “Complying with OSHA’s Asbestos Notification Requirements to Avoid Penalties, Lawsuits”

Chapter 36, Volume 5A, Lexis/Nexis/ Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., New York, 2003
Co-author, “Asbestos, Environmental Law Practice Guide”

Speaking Engagements

Strafford Publications Webinar, April 23, 2014
Speaker, “Environmental Indemnity in Real Estate Transactions:  Allocating Risks of Potential Cleanup Cost”

Strafford Publications Webinar, January 8, 2014
Speaker, “Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions: Identifying and Mitigating Risks and Liabilities for Buyers, Sellers and Lenders”

Connecticut Bar Association, Real Estate Section Meeting, May 23, 2013
Speaker, “Tips for Avoiding Environmental Pitfalls and Liabilities in Commercial Real Estate Deals”

Strafford Publications Webinars, January 10, 2013
Speaker, “Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions”

Connecticut Marine Trades Association, October 10, 2012
Speaker, “Federal and State Environmental Enforcement Updates and Tips”

Strafford Publications Webinar, March 22, 2012
Speaker, “Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions”

Strafford Publications Webinar, August 2, 2011
Panelist, “Allocating Environmental Risk in Distressed Real Estate Transactions”

Strafford CLE Webinar, December 16, 2010
Speaker, “Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions: Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Risks and Liabilities for Buyers, Sellers and Lenders”

Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Continuing Education, 2002
Presentation, “Understanding Chapter 21E”

Honors & Awards

Recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer

Recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyers “Rising Star”

Featured, “Women in the Law: High Achievers,” Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2010

Recognized as a New England Super Lawyer

Amos Taylor Excellence in Achievement Award (New England School of Law, 1996)

American Jurisprudence Award, Environmental Law (1996)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Connecticut Bar Association, Environmental Section

Society of Women Environmental Professionals, Connecticut Chapter member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Programming Committee

Town of East Hampton Brownfields Redevelopment Agency, Chairperson 2012 – Present (Member since 2010)

Connecticut Marine Trades Association, Director (July 2014 – present)

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court District of Maine


New England School of Law, J.D., 1996
Clark University, B.A., 1991