In December, 2009, Attorney Mario Coppola was appointed an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Trumbull. Attorney Coppola will handle the land use and inland wetland legal matters for the town.

Attorney Shelby L. Wilson spoke at “Preservation of Capital and Prudent Estate Planning in this Market Environment” hosted by Berchem Moses PC and Catamount Management Group. The event was held at the Westport Historical Society.

Attorney Ira W. Bloom will be speaking at the 2009 CCM Annual Convention & Exposition on October 8, 2009 at the Connecticut Convention Center. Attorney Bloom’s is scheduled in Session C at 3:00 pm to speak on Municipal Law and Liability Update. Attorney Bloom will be giving an update on Land Use Law.

Attorney Ira W. Bloom has been appointed to chair the Connecticut Bar Association Planning and Zoning Executive Section for 2009-2010. Congratulations Ira.

Attorney Ira W. Bloom spoke to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association on “Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice 2009” on June 26, 2009. The seminar occurred in Berlin, CT. Attorney Bloom appeared on a panel discussing recent cases in the land use area.

BMD sponsors LexisNexis at the Westport Public Library: The Westport Public Library became the first library in Connecticut to offer the LexisNexis research program to the public thanks to a generous donation by the firm. The site is available both from home and at the public library. The donation continues the firm’s tradition of community involvement and support.

Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis noted how pleased she was with the firm’s contribution.

Westport Library group photo

Ira W. Bloom spoke at the Connecticut Bar Association Planning & Zoning Section seminar on “Land Use for Municipal Land Use Agencies, Boards, and Commissions” on March 28, 2009 at Wesleyan University. The seminar attracts over 250 municipal board members and officials and is given every two years. Mr. Bloom’s topic was Zoning Commissions. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Planning & Zoning Section and will be the new chair later this year.

It is our pleasure to announce that the Milford Chamber of Commerce, with over 800 member businesses, has selected Attorney Robert L. Berchem to receive its LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. The award has been given to Bob, who grew up, raised a family and worked professionally in Milford his entire life, in recognition of his numerous achievements and contributions to the business and civic fabric of the greater Milford community. Bob will be honored at the Chamber’s annual meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Congratulations.