Posted by: a Land Use & Zoning client about 2 years ago.
I do not recommend Durward Parkinson
I hired Durward more than 3 years ago.
Durward handled my Land Use / Zoning matter.
I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.
I retained Mr Parkinson to advise and represent our interests in an immediate impending zone change as well as a proposed "residential conversion" project that we were opposed to. He was no help on the zone change - it quickly passed. Even with 3 months to prep for the planning board, over the process of two lengthy meetings, we lost there too. At the ZBA, his arguments were so completely ignored we didn't get 5 minutes of debate. Denied. And still I believed. I trusted that at court we would prevail, knowing municipal committees to be largely untrained volunteers, not sophisticated in nuanced land use laws. I still thought I had the finest land use lawyer in the area, dismissing our losses as expected under the circumstances. He continuously reassured me that we had "many fine points of law" to work with... I believed in his skill and professionalism right up to the moment , without provocation or adequate explanation, after 14 months and $30K, with one complaint filed and one on the horizon, the clock ticking away towards our 80B brief deadline, he demanded to quit. I was dumbfounded.