The mark of a good attorney is effectiveness outside the courtroom, as well as when a hearing begins. Kathleen Deegan Dickson claims success representing clients in real restate, particularly land use and zoning law, because of her positive coordination of the various parties on the development landscape.
Her most gratifying success was representing SCO Family of Services. The nonprofit wanted to open a residential school for autistic children at the vacant convent of St. Brigid’s parish in the Village of Westbury. Residents began vehemently campaigning against the school. Deegan Dickson worked hard to recruit supporters to attend the public zoning board hearing. When she arrived the night of the hearing, she saw what she thought were huge crowds there to counter the proposal. But, the throngs were actually out in support of Westbrook Prep. Her work connecting with supporters drowned out the overwhelming opposition and the zoning board approved the application.