Overview

Adam J. Cohen practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and has considerable experience representing municipal and private communities throughout Connecticut.  He serves as general counsel for the Connecticut Tax Collectors’ Association and has collected tens of millions dollars in unpaid taxes and assessments for more than half of all of the towns in Connecticut, as well as numerous districts, boroughs, and water/sewer authorities. As chair of the firm’s Municipal Law and Community Associations section, Adam organizes neighborhood districts, drafts ordinances and bylaws, and modernizes and enforces organic documents for municipal governments and residential and commercial associations across the state.

Adam is also the legal editor of Common Interest, the official magazine of the Connecticut chapter of the Community Associations Institute. He regularly speaks at seminars and classes for officers and managers of towns, tax districts, and condominiums on issues of interest to these communities. Adam also coordinates pro bono outreach programs, serves on the state bar association’s pro bono committee, and is a member of the Connecticut Judicial Branch law library advisory committee.

Adam’s published works include “Condo Law Revolution,” Common Interest Magazine; “Tax (Not Just Another) Collection: Special Considerations for Recovering Unpaid Municipal Taxes," Connecticut Lawyer; “Do-It-Yourself Government: Creating and Understanding Special Taxing Districts,” Connecticut Lawyer and Common Interest Magazine; “Keeping the Promise: Proposed Legislation to Establish Nontransferable Elections Systems in Jurisdictions Covered by Section Four of the Voting Rights Act,” St. Mary’s Law Journal; and numerous articles in bar journals, newsletters, and magazines.

Contact Info

  • Westport
    253 Post Road West
    P.O. Box 3179
    Westport, CT 06880-8180
  • Bridgeport
    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
  • Professional Affiliations

    American Bar Association - Litigation Section

    Connecticut Bar Association - Litigation Section

    Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

    State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library Advisory Committee

    Community Involvement

    CBA Pro Bono Committee

    Appointed by the mayor of Hamden to serve as a founding member of the Hamden Commission on Human Rights and Relations from 2001 to 2003, which monitors and reports on race, gender and similar issues

    Graduate of Class 16 of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council's Leadership Greater Bridgeport program

    Honors & Recognitions

    Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

    Connecticut Tax Collectors’ Association President’s Award, March 2013

    Named to the Super Lawyers "Connecticut Rising Stars" list in the area of Government/Cities/Municipalities in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

    "40 Under 40" Business Leaders Award from the Fairfield County Business Journal, June 2009

    New Leaders of the Law Award for Advocacy from the Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2003

    Experience

    • Has collected tens of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and assessments for municipalities and community associations statewide, including more than half of all towns in Connecticut
    • Drafts and revises charters, ordinances, rules, and policies for towns, tax districts, municipal boards and governmental authorities
    • Prepares and updates declarations, bylaws, rules, and forms for residential and commercial condominiums and other community associations
    • Counsels governmental and private organizations on best practices management and statutory compliance strategies
    • Cost-effectively represents municipalities and homeowner’s associations in litigation and administrative proceedings

    News & Insights

    News

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

    Education

    Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1998

    Vassar College, B.A., cum laude, 1995;  Phi Beta Kappa

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