By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Town Council voted to approve Jeremy Taylor as the Assistant Town Attorney on Nov. 23. We asked him about his experience as an attorney and what he is looking forward to the most in his new role.
Q: How long have you been practicing law?
A: I have been an attorney for approximately 13-years; 11 of them practicing here in Southington. My firm, the Law Office of Jeremy Taylor, LLC, is located at 876 South Main Street in Plantsville.
Q: What is the role of the Assistant Town Attorney?
A: The role of the Assistant Town Attorney is to perform professional legal work and tasks to assist the Town Attorney [Mark Sciota] and provide various town departments with legal guidance. The Assistant Town Attorney also is called upon to serve in the Town Attorney’s absence, as needed, at Town Council, and other department meetings.
Q: How have your experiences prepared you to serve as Assistant Town Attorney?
A: My legal background as a General Practice attorney has afforded me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in many different types of law.
As a real estate lawyer I have drafted and negotiated numerous commercial and residential land and property contracts. I have also become well versed in our town’s ordinances, regulations and policies through my experience as an attorney in town, as well as, my brief service as an alternate commissioner on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
As a civil litigator I have experience trying cases in state and federal court, as well as settling disputes outside of court through negotiation and conflict resolution.
I believe my diverse legal background and experience have prepared me for my added responsibilities as Assistant Town Attorney.
Q: How have you been involved in the town of Southington before this appointment?
A: As a lifelong resident, and a graduate of Southington High School, I have been actively involved in the town, and its civic organizations, for many years.
As a small business owner in town, I am actively involved in the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce.
I recently served as an alternate commissioner on the Zoning Board of Appeals. I was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Southington for numerous years, and I am currently a member of the Rotary Club of Southington, recently serving on its board of directors.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your term as Assistant Town Attorney?
A: My intention is to make myself available to assist the Town Attorney in whatever task I am asked to perform on the town’s behalf and to provide legal advice to our various town departments when called upon.