Law Offices of Martha A. Dean

Law Offices of Martha A. Dean ... because your rights and your freedom matter.

       ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: Our firm represents commercial establishments, land owners, outdoor shooting ranges and select individuals with environmental compliance, enforcement defense, dispute resolution, cost recovery, remediation, and legislative/policy objectives. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal services in an efficient, creative and cost-effective manner.  We serve as compliance/enforcement defense counsel to corporations on the full range of environmental and hazardous chemical/worker safety issues. We frequently work collaboratively with teams of legal and technical experts to assess and develop strategies for resolving clients' legal issues in the context of complex business transactions and liability disputes. 

     SHOOTING RANGE DEFENSE: We have achieved unparalleled success defending outdoor shooting ranges in litigation around the country. We also provide environmental, safety, and noise-related strategic advice and legal guidance to shooting ranges. 

     CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: We challenge inappropriate government action under the federal and state constitutions, appealing adverse decisions where appropriate. Past cases have involved the state's balanced budget amendment, free speech/campaign finance issues, arbitration clauses in adhesion contracts and the rights of consumers to a jury trial. Currently, we serve as local counsel to a national team representing organizations and individuals who are challenging Connecticut's post-Newtown firearms law under the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

       Whether on the public policy or the practical side of the law, we have distinguished ourselves by identifying cost-effective, creative, fast-track approaches that bring finality to difficult situations.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOOTING RANGE DEFENSE

         Attorney Martha Dean is a Life NRA member known for defending outdoor shooting ranges. In 2012, she received the NRA’s award for her work on behalf of the Second Amendment and Freedom in Connecticut. Her client’s cases have established national precedents favorable to ranges under the federal hazardous waste laws and the federal Clean Water Act. She has successfully defended ranges in Connecticut and Iowa state courts and in federal court, establishing precedents favorable to shooting ranges nationwide.

             In Connecticut, Attorney Dean successfully defended the Metacon Gun Club of Simsbury and the historic Blue Trail Range of Wallingford in a series of lawsuits in state and federal court aimed at shutting down these important ranges. In 2013, working together with local counsel in Iowa, Attorney Dean successfully defended a municipality that was sued over a lease that allowed a shooting range to operate on municipal water company land. The favorable decision was appealed by the developer, however it has been upheld in 2014 on appeal. 

             Attorney Dean serves as special litigation counsel to ranges nationwide, helping local counsel devise successful strategies for defeating developers and anti-gun groups that try to shut down ranges. She also works with sportsmen groups who are establishing new ranges. In 2012, Attorney Dean taught “Defending Shooting Ranges: Winning Litigation Strategies” at the NRA’s National Firearms Law Seminar in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2009 Attorney Dean taught “Defending Shooting Ranges” at the NRA’s Range Design Seminar in Providence, Rhode Island.

            

 

 

 

SHOOTING INCIDENTS

 

 

 

 

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW