David F. Sherwood

David F. Sherwood

Glastonbury, Connecticut

DAVID F. SHERWOOD is a partner of the law firm of Moriarty, Paetzold & Sherwood, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where he concentrates on real property law, environmental law and land use planning. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1977); Yale University (M.Phil., 1981; Ph.D., 1983); and the University of Connecticut (J.D., 1987). He is the author of several books, including the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act, published by Thomson-West. He is also is a contributor to the CCH Guidebook to Connecticut Taxes and Bender's State Taxation: Principles and Practice, and has written articles on land use and property tax. He regularly appears before state and municipal boards and commissions and trial and appellate courts on behalf of landowners and developers, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and a Fellow of Sigma Xi, the Society for Scientific Research. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Litigation (2016-2018) and was named the Real Estate Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Property
  • Land Use
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1987


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. - June, 1987
    • Honors: with Highest Honors
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • Ph.D. - June, 1983
    • Honors: with Highest Honors
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. magna cum laude - June, 1977

Published Works

  • Personal Property Tax, State and Local Taxation, Matthew Bender & Company, 2007
  • Connecticut Environmental Protection Act, Thomson West, 2007
  • Property Tax: Connecticut Tax Service Practice Insights, LEXIS/NEXIS, 2007
  • Property Taxes, Guidebook to Connecticut Taxes, CCH, Annually, 2007-2016
  • Property Tax, Connecticut Tax Handbook, RIA, Annually, 1999
  • Land Use Appeals, Connecticut Real Estate Law Journal, Volume 13, No. 6, 1996
  • Challenging Inequality in the Connecticut Property Tax, Connecticut Law Review, Volume 20, 1988
  • In Defense of the Golden Arches: The Constitutionality of Municipal Regulation of Commercial Architecture, Connecticut Bar Journal, Volume 60, 1986

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • Sigma Xi, The Society for Scientific Research, Fellow, 1983 - Present
  • Planning & Zoning Executive Committee, Member
  • Best Lawyers (Litigation, Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning Law), 2016 - Present
  • Real Estate Litigation "Lawyer of the Year," 2017


  • Spanish


  • Delta Psi