JULIE D. KOHLER is a principal and chair of Cohen and Wolf's Telecommunications & Utilities Group and co-chair of the firm's Land Use & Zoning Group. She is also a member of the Litigation and Municipal Groups. Resident in the firm's Bridgeport office, she practices in the areas of telecommunications, utility, land use & zoning, real estate, and municipal law.
Ms. Kohler represents numerous major telecommunications providers and tower companies in the negotiation, acquisition and implementation of wireless telecommunications facilities. The scope of her practice is multi-state, representing clients in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. She acted as local in-house counsel for a major wireless telecommunication company and currently counsels other national telecommunication companies and tower owners regarding regulatory compliance, transactional due diligence, litigation matters, and zoning and environmental review and approval processes.
Ms. Kohler has represented telecommunications clients for 17 years before state regulatory agencies, including the Connecticut Siting Council, as well as local commissions. She has provided representation and advice in the area of FCC compliance and been responsible for the approval of numerous unique telecommunications projects, such as the first public Distributed Antenna System (DAS) in Connecticut, an approved 20-mile DAS project to be located along the Merritt Parkway, and the statewide modernization of client telecommunication infrastructure.
Ms. Kohler provides experienced legal counsel to clients impacted by energy projects, proceedings and investigations. She appears before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on behalf of the firm's energy clients. She was a lead attorney representing a municipal consortium in CL&P's controversial high-powered transmission line installation through Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties. She has also represented the City of Milford and the Town of Trumbull in several high-profile, significant impact electric utility projects.
Ms. Kohler also has extensive experience in all phases of land use and development, regularly appearing before state agencies and local commissions on behalf of the firm's land use clients. She counsels clients on issues relating to property development, lease drafting and negotiation, zoning representation, title work and zoning compliance.
Ms. Kohler is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Planning & Zoning, Public Utility Law and Real Property Sections and is certified as a LEED Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council.