Austin founded the firm with Herbert Cohen in 1951. He has played an active role in shaping the firm since that time, having maintained an extremely active practice in the areas of land use planning, zoning, wetlands, real estate development, and industrial and commercial leasing.

Austin was honored  in 2007 with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Bar Association's Planning & Zoning Section. The award was given "in recognition of longstanding distinguished service as a planning and zoning lawyer, to clients, to the profession, to the community, to strong ethical practices and to the advancement of knowledge, to writing, lecturing and similar pursuits". In 2008, he received the Career Service Award from the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.



Harvard Law School, LL.B, cum laude, 1951

Yale University, B.A., 1948


  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year" for Real Estate, 2009 and 2013

Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning , 2011-2021

Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use and Zoning, 2007-2021

Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 1987-2021

Connecticut Super Lawyers®, Land Use/Zoning, 2006-2009, 2011-2016

Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating

Connecticut Bar Association's Planning & Zoning Section, Lifetime Achievement Award

Moffly Media's "Top Lawyers in Fairfield County", Land Use Environment, 2021, 2023 

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Career Service Award, 2008



Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association,
     •  Planning & Zoning Executive Committee, Past Chairman

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Foundation, Board of Directors

Connecticut Bar Journal, Board of Editor

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

American Inns of Court, Past Member and Officer, Attorney Trial Referee

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