Duncan J. Forsyth: Lawyer with Halloran & Sage LLP

Duncan J. Forsyth

Partner
Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.
Phone860-297-4696

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Labor & Employment
  • Municipal & State Government
 
University Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1974
 
Law SchoolWake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1977
 
Admitted1977, Connecticut; 1985, District of Connecticut; 1990, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; 1999, U.S. Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Associations

YMCA of Greater Hartford
Connecticut Association of Municipal
Attorneys;
Connecticut Council of Small Towns
Defense Research Institute

 
BornNew Haven, Connecticut, November 19, 1951
 
Biography

Duncan Forsyth represents both public and private sector clients in litigation matters primarily in the areas of environmental and land use, labor and employment, wrongful termination, contract and interference with contract litigation, wrongful denial of development permits and general business litigation. He regularly appears in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before numerous administrative agencies including the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Freedom of Information Commission.

Duncan is a former Assistant State's Attorney with Connecticut's Division of Criminal Justice where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of major felonies and acts of organized crime and political corruption. Duncan has extensive experience in representing municipalities in grievance, arbitration and other employment related matters and is experienced in collective bargaining negotiations. He also represents several municipalities in land use related matters including the wrongful denial of land use permits.

He has also lectured at the Hartford Police Academy, the National District Attorneys Association, Greater Hartford Community College, a Connecticut Bar Association panel on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and at several presentations sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. He is also a member of the DRI Employment Law Committee.

Duncan has been active in community matters, coaching various youth baseball and soccer teams. He is the former Chairman of the Rocky Hill Economic Development Commission and a member of a previous Charter Revision Commission of the Town. He has also served as both Vice President and President of the Farmington Youth Baseball League and as Treasurer of the Loomis Chaffee Parents' Association. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers of YMCA Camp Woodstock.

News & Events

H & S Attorneys Present to CT Association of Assessing Officials

Michael Collins, Duncan Forsyth, Michael Leone, James Perito and Richard Roberts all were presenters for the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officials (CAAO) at the group's annual Assessors' School, held on the main campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

The team of Halloran & Sage attorneys spoke on several topics related to property assessment for the 100 attendees of the seminar. Those topics included: recent case developments, assessment of partially constructed improvements, a Freedom of Information Act update and the property tax considerations applicable to low and moderate income housing and nursing homes.

CAAO is comprised of over 400 regular and subscribing members. Regular membership is open to all State of Connecticut public officials who are engaged in the administration of property assessments, including assessors, employees of assessors' offices and board of assessment appeals members. Subscribing membership is open to individuals or companies interested in property assessment or a related field. The mission of CAAO is to improve the standards of assessment practices within the State of Connecticut.Duncan Forsyth Represents Coventry in Farmers' Market Agreement

Halloran & Sage partner, Duncan Forsyth, represented the Town of Coventry in the negotiation and preparation of the lease and sublease which led to a three way agreement between the Coventry Regional Farmers' Market, Connecticut Landmarks - owner of the historic Nathan Hale Homestead - and the Town of Coventry. The signing of these agreements will keep the Farmers' Market at the Nathan Hale Homestead for the next ten years. Duncan Forsyth Presents at the Newly Elected Local Legislator's Workshop, Sponsored by CCM

Duncan Forsyth of the Municipal Practice Group will present at the Newly Elected Local Legislator's Workshop. The workshop is intended to keep elected and appointed officials and municipal staff abreast of new policies, issues and requirements affecting their job and service to local residents and businesses.

The workshop is sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and will be held on January 28th.Strong Kids Celebration at the Greater Hartford YMCA

Duncan Forsyth, a partner in the Firm's Business Litigation Practice Group and Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers for the YMCA Camp Woodstock was recently spotlighted at the Greater Hartford YMCA Annual Strong Kids Campaign Celebration Dinner. At the function Duncan acknowledged two local youths for their leadership and growth as they participated in the YMCA Camp Woodstock Strong Kids Annual Campaign program.

Particularly interesting was one of the youth's who became involved in the YMCA program after benefiting from the Firm's annual charitable holiday drive this past winter. Duncan recognized the teenager's challenging personal situation and drive, and was optomistic that YMCA's Strong Kids programs could be beneficial. He initiated a YMCA membership and the organization identified the youth as a candidate for future scholarship programs and aid.

The Strong Kids Annual Campaign is the foundation on which the YMCA of Greater Hartford accomplishes its mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The Strong Kids Annual Campaign strengthens the organization's ability to provide values-based programs and activities to over 109,000 people in the Greater Hartford region, regardless of their ability to pay.

Funds raised by Camp Woodstock volunteers will be used to help make summer camp possible for families who otherwise could not attend, and to provide urban youth leadership retreats throughout the year.

Below is a video of Duncan acknowledging the two local youths:

Duncan Forsyth Leads CCM Training Workshop on Effective Meeting Management

Halloran & Sage Attorney Duncan Forsyth recently facilitated a workshop on Effective Meetings and Parliamentary Procedure. The program took place in Groton, CT. The programs are sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

The sessions will cover the practicalities of effective meeting management, Roberts Roberts Rules of Order, moderating debate and the steps required to introduce and vote on a motion.. The workshops are aimed at a wide range of numicipal officers, from chief executives to the members and staff of boards and commissions to town clerks and department heads.H & S Supports Connecticut Conference of Municipalities as Municipal Business Associate

Halloran & Sage is pleased to support the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) as a Municipal Business Associate for 2008-09. The firm's municipal practice group participates in many CCM programs and events.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is Connecticut's statewide association of towns and cities. Its 140 member municipalities contain over 90 percent of the state's population. CCM represents municipalities at the General Assembly, before the State executive branch and regulatory agencies, and in the courts.Exposure to Liability: How Environmental Professionals Can Minimize E&O Loss Exposures

Halloran & Sage attorney Duncan Forsyth designed a presentation that addressed common areas of exposure to liability, both as individuals and as Firms, and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policies as they pertained to Environmental Professionals. This presentation furnished attendees with the tools that helped identify and prevent malpractice claims. During this presentation attendees:

Discussed what environmental professionals are asked to do by their clients which could expose them to liability;

Reviewed problems with the LEP program and site evaluation and auditing exercises;

Explored the trip wires inherent in environmental work;

Examined what existing insurance policies can and can not do for you;

Gained an understanding of what is generally contained in a typical errors and omissions policy for environmental consultants; and

Learned what items are typically included or excluded in your coverage.

For more information on this presentation or similar contact Attorney Forsyth at forsyth@halloran-sage.com.Exposure to LiabilityHow Environmental Professionals Can Minimize E&O Loss Exposures

A presentation that was specially prepared for the Environmental Professional's Organization of Connecticut regarding Potential Claims and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policies.

Halloran & Sage Attorney Duncan Forsyth designed a presentation that addressed common areas of exposure to liability both as individuals and as firms and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policies as they pertain to Environmental Professionals. This presentation will furnish you with the tools that will help you identify and prevent malpractice claims. During this presentation you will:

Discuss what environmental professionals are asked to do by their clients which could expose them to liability;

Review problems with the LEP program and site evaluation and auditing exercises;

Explore the trip wires inherent in environmental work;

Examine what existing insurance policies can and can not do for you;

Gain an understanding of what is generally contained in a typical errors and omissions policy for environmental consultants; and

Learn what items are typically included or excluded in your coverage.Duncan Forsyth to speak at CCM seminar 'Tools for Effective Governance'

Halloran & Sage Partner Duncan Forsyth spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities discussing the Rules to Govern By, Freedom of Information Act, ethics, and parliamentary procedures. The workshop gave advice on setting goals, policy development, building consensus, municipal finance, local legislature issues, CEO relations, constituent relations, and news media relations and websites. A question and answer session followed. The seminar was directed towards informing municipality officials such as:

First Selectmen/Mayors

Town/City Managers

Local Legislators

Ethics Commission Board Members

Municipal Attorneys

Finance Directors

Personnel Directors

Purchasing Agents

For more information contact Duncan at forsyth@halloran-sage.com.Ethics and Conflicts of Interest: How Does One Decide the Right Thing To Do?

A workshop presented by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Halloran & Sage Partner Duncan Forsyth participated in an evening seminar sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities discussing the role of ethics in local government, tools for promoting ethical behavior in a municipality, model codes of ethics and to in the State of the Ethics Commission, in addition to a discussion of disclosure, conflicts of interest, recusal, common ethical problems and dilemmas, followed by a question and answer session.

This seminar was directed towards municipality officials such as:

First selectmen/Mayors

Town/City Managers

Local Legislators

Ethics Commission Board Members

Municipal Attorneys

Finance Directors

Personnel Directors

Purchasing AgentsEthics and Conflicts of Interest: How Does One Decide the Right Thing To Do?

Duncan Forsyth, a partner in Halloran & Sage's Municipal Law & Governmental Liability Practice Group, will be speaking at the municipal workshop Ethics and Conflicts of Interest: How Does One Decide the Right Thing To Do? for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).

This program presents an overview of ethics and conflicts of interest in municipal government. It will cover the role of ethics in local government as well as tools for promoting ethical behavior, model codes of ethics and discussions of disclosure, conflicts of interest, recusal, and common ethical problems and dilemmas. There will also be a Question and Answer session.

For registration information please contact CCM at (203) 498-3000.H & S Appellate and Municipal Groups Obtain Reversal For Westbrook Zoning Board of Appeals

On January 28, 2003, the Connecticut Appellate Court reversed a trial court's approval of a site plan application to build a gasoline station in the Town of Westbrook, Connecticut. The gas station was to be located in Westbrook's town center district. The trial court had reversed the Westbrook Zoning Board of Appeals' decision to deny the gas stations' application.

Halloran & Sage was retained to appeal the trial court's decision. The first step in the process was to convince the Appellate Court to consider the matter. Because the appeal was not an appeal as of right, but rather, a discretionary appeal, the Appellate Court did not have to review the trial court's decision. After getting the Appellate Court to grant certification, the case was fully briefed and argued in June 2002. Supplemental briefs were ordered and the case was reargued in October 2002.

The Appellate Court's decision was authored by Chief Judge William J. Lavery. It is reported at Cumberland Farms, Inc. v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals, 74 Conn. App. 622 (2003). In reversing the trial court, the Appellate Court expressly agreed with the two main arguments advanced by the Westbrook ZBA. First, the Appellate Court held that the trial court had incorrectly substituted its judgment for that of the Westbrook ZBA, which had determined that a gasoline station was not a valid non-conforming use because it had been discontinued prior to the enactment of zoning regulations prohibiting such a use. Second, the Appellate Court held that the trial court had incorrectly substituted its judgment for that of the Westbrook ZBA, which had determined that any claimed non-conforming use had been abandoned by the previous owners of the property.

Duncan Forsyth, a partner in Halloran & Sage's Municipal Law and Governmental Liability Practice Group, was the Westbrook ZBA's lead counsel in this matter. John Farley, the chairman of Halloran & Sage's Appellate Law & Advocacy Practice Group was on the briefs.

If you have any questions regarding Halloran & Sage's Appellate Law & Advocacy Practice Group, please contact John Farley at (860) 297-4635. For more information on the Firm's Municipal Law & Governmental Liability Practice Group, please contact Duncan Forsyth at (860) 297-4696.H & S Sponsors Oldest Volunteer Fire Department In New England's 200th Anniversary Celebration

Halloran & Sage Municipal Law and Governmental Liability Practice Group is a proud sponsor of the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department's 200th Anniversary celebration honoring those who have served in the oldest volunteer fire department in continuous service in New England.

The Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department traces their heritage to the late 1700's and was chartered by the Connecticut legislature on May 12, 1803 and will host the Connecticut State Firefighter's Convention and commemorative parade to be held during the year-long Bicentennial Celebration.

We are proud to recognize and celebrate the long history of public service of the members and officers of the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Their dedication to their home town and their neighbors is truly commendable, comments Town Attorney Duncan Forsyth, partner in the Firm's Municipal Law Practice Group.

The Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department presently services the Town of Wethersfield, Connecticut with a population of 26,000 residents from 3 firehouses with 9 major pieces of firefighting equipment and more than 800 active firefighters.

Videos

Below is a video of Atty. Duncan Forsyth acknowledging two local youths from a YMCA Camp Woodstock Strong Kids Annual Campaign program:

 
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