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.

Our Team

Martha A. Dean, Esq.


Law Offices of Martha A. Dean, Hartford, Connecticut (1994-present )
Environmental Law/Constitutional Law/ Shooting Range Defense & Firearms Incidents
Connecticut Attorney General, Republican nominee (2002  and  2010)
Robinson & Cole, Hartford, Connecticut (1990-1994)  Environmental Law/Energy Project Law & Litigation
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., Hartford, Connecticut (1986-1988) Corporate Law/Energy Project Finance
Gaston, Snow & Ely, Bartlett, Boston, Massachusetts (Law Clerk, 1985) Securities Law/Corporate Law/Litigation
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, New York, New York (Law Clerk, Honors Program, 1984) Securities Law, Enforcement Division/Litigation
Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, New Haven, Connecticut (1982-83, preJ.D.) Litigation 


University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
J.D. '86
Law Review
Book Award - Corporations
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
B.A. '82
Philosophy/Political Science
Crew - silver medalist (Eastern Sprints)
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, '77


Connecticut Bar, admitted (1986)
U.S. District Court, admitted (Connecticut, 1995)
U.S. Court of Appeals, admitted (2nd Circuit, 2000)
U.S. Supreme Court, admitted (2001)

                                   Nathaniel S. Schindler, Esq.


Law Offices of Martha A. Dean, Hartford, Connecticut (2005-present)
Environmental Law/Constitutional Law/Shooting Range Defense

King Industries, Inc., Norwalk, Connecticut (2008)
Environmental Engineer

Lipsitz and McAllister, LLC., Monroe, Connecticut (2004-2005, legal intern)
Patent Law

Combustion Components Assoc., Inc., Monroe, Connecticut (2002-2005)

Air Pollution Control Manufacturing and Consulting

John Zink Co., LLC., Shelton, Connecticut (1998-2002)
Industrial Watertube Boiler Manufacturer
Product Design Engineer


University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
J.D., '05
Certificate in Intellectual Property
Computer Assisted Learning Instruction Award - Surplus Insurance Lines

Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
B.S. Chemistry, '98, cum laude
Honors Program with Distinction; American Chemical Society Chemistry Award for Outstanding Senior



Lake Hills Association, Inc., Fairfield, Connecticut (present), President

Inland Wetlands Commission, Naugatuck, Connecticut (2003)
Alternate Member

Dean for Connecticut Attorney General, Hartford, Connecticut (2002 & 2010)
State-Wide Political Campaign
Campaign Manager (2002); Treasurer (2010)


Connecticut Bar, admitted
Registered Patent Agent
U.S. District Court, admitted (Connecticut)