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Timothy M. Herbst

Tim Herbst practices in the areas of municipal law, land use and zoning law, as well as civil litigation.

Tim brings to his municipal practice 19 years of service in government that augment his representation of municipal clients throughout the State of Connecticut. He has extensive experience negotiating with collective bargaining units and has negotiated employment agreements for multiple town positions, including but not limited to Police Chief, Director of Emergency Medical Services, Director of Labor Relations, and Director of Economic and Community Development. Tim also has experience advising municipalities and local first responders on laws that relate to emergency management and civil preparedness.

In addition to his municipal practice, Tim represents developers, citizens, and civic organizations before land use boards throughout the State of Connecticut. Most recently, Tim successfully represented clients in Eastern Connecticut that opposed placement of the Connecticut State Police Gun Range in Pachaug State Forest.

Prior to becoming a principal of Marino, Zabel & Schellenberg, PLLC, Tim served as the 27th First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull, elected Trumbull’s youngest chief executive at the age of 29. On a regional basis, Tim previously served as the Chairman of the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (“METROCOG”), a multi-discipline regional planning organization representing six municipalities. This role included assisting in planning for transportation, land use, economic development, housing, and environmental needs, while promoting strategies that foster inter-municipal coordination, collaboration, and shared services.


  • Fairfield County Business Association, “40 Under 40” award, 2010

Community Service

  • Town of Trumbull, CT, First Selectman, 2009-2017
  • Metropolitan Council of Governments (“METROCOG”), Past Chairman
  • Trumbull Planning and Zoning Commission, Past Chairman and Member, 1998-2009
  • Trumbull Rotary Club, Past Member
  • Pace Law Alumni Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Trinity Club of Fairfield County

Practice Areas

  • Municipal
  • Land Use, Zoning & Environmental
  • Civil Litigation


  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 2007
    Pace Environmental Law Review
  • Trinity College, B.A., with honors, 2002
    Student Body President
    Honors Thesis: “The Historical, Constitutional and Political Ramifications of Campaign Finance Reform”


  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut