|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Portland, Maine Municipal Lawyer of the Year/Portland Maine||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Municipal Litigation Lawyer of the Year/Portland Maine||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|New England Super Lawyers||Boston Magazine||2009|
|Municipal Litigation Lawyer of the Year/Portland Maine||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Attorney||Bergen & Parkinson, LLC||1998 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals||Member||2017 - Present|
|York County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Maine State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Eaton v. Town of Wells||N/A|
|See all legal cases|
|code enforcement officer training manual--||case law update 2009||2009|
|University of Virginia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Legal Issues for the Municipal Code Enforcement Officer||Legal Issues||2012|
|2011 Spring Maine Code Conference||land use update||2011|
|seminar||land use development||2010|
|code enforcement officer training||land use||2009|
Posted by anonymous
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.
John Bannon, Land use and zoning Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Durward has no idea I am making this endorsement. I happened to see the client review posted on his page. I don't know the details, but every attorney, no matter how proficient,occasionally has a dissatisfied client. I have opposed Durward on innumerable occasions during the past 25 years. He is one of the most scrupulous and fair-minded members of the Maine land use bar. Durward has many years of experience and an incredibly broad range of knowledge of land use, zoning, and municipal law. He is a well-prepared and very worthy adversary. He is highly effective in dealing with municipal boards and the courts. I'd recommend him to anyone in York County who needs a land use attorney. In today's competitive legal profession, my endorsement gives Durward an advantage over me. That I am disadvantaging myself should, I hope, indicate my sincerity. I cannot allow a respected colleague to be mischaracterized in public.