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

Tim represents international companies, developers, citizens, and civic organizations before land use boards throughout the State of Connecticut. Tim regularly appears before land use boards on a variety of applications that involve zone changes, special permits, site plan review, historic review, as well as environmental approvals from local wetland agencies. Tim has also represented citizens that were successful in seeking to stop radical zone changes in Woodbridge, Connecticut as well as clients in Eastern Connecticut that opposed placement of the Connecticut State Police Gun Range in Pachaug State Forest. These cases and their favorable outcomes have been widely publicized in state and national media outlets, including the New York Times.

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.

Prior to becoming a principal of the firm, 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
  • Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Trumbull Rotary Club, Past Member
  • Pace Law Alumni Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Trinity Club of Fairfield County