Melinda A. Powell
Over the course of her fifteen-year career, she has represented almost every municipal department including fire, police, planning and zoning, building and health departments. Ms. Powell has tried approximately 10 cases to verdict, including several complex civil rights cases, and has prepared Appellate briefs for submission in state and federal court. She also represents her private clients in commercial and environmental litigation.
Attorney Powell represents municipalities and boards of education, their officers and employees in federal and state court involving issues such as: Civil rights and § 1983 claims; Land Use and Zoning; Special education; Municipal contract disputes; Title IX; Enforcement of municipal regulations; Student discipline; First Amendment retaliation; Fair Housing Act; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act; FOIA; Connecticut Environmental Protection Act; Injuries on municipal and property.
Attorney Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration. While in law school, she received the Jonathan B. Chase fellowship in public interest law to work for Alaska Legal Services in Fairbanks, Alaska. She also worked on environmental litigation for the Conservation Law Foundation in Montpelier, Vermont, and for WaterWatch of Oregon, in Portland, Oregon.
Vermont Law School, J.D., 1995
Florida Atlantic University, B.P.A., 1991, Valedictorian of College of Social Science
State of Connecticut
United States District Court
District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys
Connecticut Bar Association
Assistant Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 57, East Hampton