Rolan Joni Young

Rolan Joni Young

Senior Partner
Milford, Connecticut

Attorney Young is a Senior Partner whose practice concentrates in Commercial Real Estate, Affordable Housing, Community and Economic Development, and Public & Municipal Law.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and American University, Washington College of Law, and was a visiting lecturer at the Yale University Law School. Rolan brings to Berchem Moses PC more than 26 years of experience in leading legal services for significant real estate development projects throughout Connecticut.

Rolan assists commercial developers, lenders, public housing authorities, healthcare institutions, and for profit and non-profit organizations by stewarding projects through the many legal complexities involved in building consensus and support for development proposals.  From conceptualization to site selection, business formation, ownership progression, construction contracting, land use and zoning compliance, financing, and dispute resolution, she works with clients to achieve the final delivery of major real estate development projects. In a variety of capacities, Rolan has championed social justice initiatives which have removed obstacles and created meaningful quality-of-life improvements for disadvantaged communities in Connecticut.

Rolan was Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority from 2006-2011 and is a former Chair of the Board and board member of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.  She served as the first woman President of the Greater New Haven NAACP and was a member of the Executive Board of the NAACP Connecticut State Conference. Rolan was honored as the Minority Business Person of the Year by Business New Haven in 1999 and was named one of 20 Noteworthy Women the same year.  In 2013 she was honored by her alma mater, Hamden Hall Country Day School, with the Alumni Achievement Award.  In 2019 Rolan was inducted into Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Business Hall of Fame honoring business and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the prosperity of the region and the strength of its communities.  She was also selected in 2019 by New Haven Biz Magazine as one of seven honorees at its inaugural “Women Who Mean Business” luncheon keynoted by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz. Rolan serves as Chair of the Board of Start Community Bank, is a member of the Greater New Haven Chapter of Links, Inc. and is on the Board of the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation. She is actively involved in the statewide community and has been a member of the Dixwell Congregational United Church of Christ since 1960.


Areas of Practice

  • Affordable Housing
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Municipal Law
  • Public Law

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2006


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
    • A.B. - 1982
    • Major: Government

Representative Clients

  • Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
  • Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport
  • City of Bridgeport
  • Non-Profit Developers; For Profit Developers
  • Lenders


  • Yale Law School Clinic on Housing and Community Development, Faculty Advisor, 1996 - 2001
  • Macklin Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale University Law School, 2002 - 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Minority Business Person of the Year, 1999
  • 20 Noteworthy Women, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Chairperson, Board of Directors, 2006 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development, 1994 - Present
  • National Bar Association, 1999 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Business Law Section, 1994 - Present
  • Connecticut Chapter of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officals, 2000 - Present
  • Connecticut Housing Coalition, 1998 - Present
  • State of Connecticut Conference NAACP, Member - Executive Board, 1997 - 2001
  • Greater New Haven NAACP, President - 2000, 1993 - Present
  • Visiting Nurses Association of South Central CT, Member of Board of Directors, 1998 - 2000
  • NHSB Community Development Corporation, Member of Board of Directors, 2000 - 2004
  • Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund, Member - Board of Directors, 1998 - 2000
  • Dixwell Congregational United Church of Christ, 1960 - Present
  • Quinnipiac University Law School, Externship Program, Attorney Supervisor, 2000 - 2002
  • Start Community Bank, Chairperson, Board of Directors