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Diane W. Whitney

Hartford Office
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3702
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Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • University of Connecticut, J.D., with honors, 1985
  • Colgate University, M.A.T.
  • William Smith College, B.A
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Diane W. Whitney, chair of the firm's Land Use section of the firm's Real Estate and Land Use department, practices in the areas of environmental, toxic torts and land use law.

Diane represents businesses, individuals and municipalities in all areas of environmental and land use planning and permitting. Her litigation experience includes trial and appellate work in environmental matters, toxic torts and land use, and representation before administrative agencies including siting of utilities and Superfund matters. She is involved in the defense of toxic tort claims throughout the country. Diane frequently counsels clients regarding the purchase, sale, remediation and development of brownfields properties.  She is a contributing author to Connecticut Civil Complaints for Business Litigation, Vol. 1, published in 2010, and Connecticut Civil Discovery Forms, published in 2011.

Representative Experience

  • Toxic torts defense for an international manufacturer in matters in six different states
  • Common counsel for five Vermont businesses in the defense of a Superfund action
  • Special environmental counsel for regional wastewater treatment facility
  • Successful litigation to recover from a prior owner the costs of remediating contaminated property for a major supermarket company
  • Environmental and land use representation for major new urbanist development on brownfield site
  • Successful representation of group opposed to inappropriate industrial development in special zoning district
  • Litigation concerning the interpretation of the Connecticut Transfer Act
  • Tower siting, land use issues and related litigation for a major telecommunications company
  • Defense of a municipality in stigma and personal injury cases arising from proximity to a landfill
  • Defense of toxic tort matters involving solvents, mine waste, silica, lead and heavy metals
  • Defense of a utility regarding the management of mercury issues
  • Defense of a Connecticut manufacturer in a case alleging TCE contamination
  • Land use approvals and appeals for developers and recreational facilities
  • Successful defense of addiction services facility originally denied zoning approval

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section; Environment, Energy and Resources Section; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Litigation Section; Environmental Section; Planning and Zoning Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • American Planning Association / Connecticut Planning Association
  • Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow
  • International Council of Shopping Centers - Connecticut Government Relations Committee
  • Society of Women Environmental Professionals
  • Real Estate Finance Association

Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame - board of trustees, chair 2014-2017
  • 1892 Club
  • Connecticut Law Tribune - editorial board member
  • University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. - board member, 2001-2010; president, 2007-2008
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra - board of directors
  • The Hartford Club - board of governors 2013-2016
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid -  president 2009-2012

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association's Women In The Law 2015 Ladder Award
  • Named a 2015 Woman of FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) by The Commercial Record
  • Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award - Connecticut Bar Association, 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation and environmental law since 2013
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Businesses, 2007-2016 in the area of environmental law
  • Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2006 in the areas of environmental law and land use/zoning; recognized as one of the Top 25 women attorneys in the State of Connecticut by Super Lawyers, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016; named a "Top Ten" attorney in Connecticut, 2010 - 2016; and the highest-ranked Connecticut woman attorney in 2014.
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal in the area of environment, 2012

Outside Experience

  • Served as assistant attorney general for the state of Connecticut, 1988 to 1992