Attorney Sumberg has represented clients in diverse areas of practice for over forty years. His experience in private practice, coupled with his previous employment as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Norwalk gives him valuable experience in such areas as zoning, tax appeals and conservation appeals but also in general municipal issues. Like individuals, municipalities are sued in trespass upon their land, for negligence, for breach of contract and even for tortious interference with contract rights. The difference between individual representation and acting as counsel for a municipality is that the stakes for a municipality are much higher. No municipality will retain a lawyer unless it is assured that the advice it will receive, is well thought out and reasonable under all the circumstances. That is what Attorney Sumberg provides to his clients. A valuable resource to advise them on a prudent approach to the problem presented, the experience to represent them along with the ability to attain a favorable result for them.
Simon Sumberg is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA and received a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. He first practiced after being admitted to the New York Bar as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society. After six years of daily courtroom work, conducting jury trials with juries of twelve for felonies and juries of six for misdemeanors, he moved to Norwalk, Connecticut and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar. He then and joined the practice of a well-known trial lawyer in Stamford, Robert A. Epstein (retired).
After two years in Stamford, he returned to Norwalk to join the firm of Lepofsky, Lepofsky & Lang where he practiced, in addition to civil litigation, more generally in all types of real estate transactions, wills and estates, collections, criminal law, zoning, landlord/tenant matters, commercial leasing and business law.
In 1986, Attorney Sumberg started his own firm and simultaneously was appointed a part-time Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk, a position which he held until 1988. Again in 2002, he was appointed as Assistant Corporation Counsel. He held that position until 2006. As attorney for the City, Mr. Sumberg represented the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Conservation Commission, the Tax Assessor, the Tax Collector, the Building Department and the Department of Public Works. All of these departments generated work by way of zoning appeals, zoning enforcement, appeals from the action of the Conservation Commission, tax assessment appeals, advice to the Building Department on code violations, advice to the Tax Collector concerning delinquent tax payments and for the Department of Public Works the advice ranged from acceptance or abandonment of public roads to reviewing the contract between the City of Norwalk and the Federal Government for dredging the Norwalk Harbor before it was submitted to the Common Council for approval.
Since 1998 he has been general counsel to the Norwalk Transit District, a municipality formed for the purpose of providing bus transportation within the City of Norwalk and surrounding areas. In 2006, Attorney Sumberg was appointed counsel to the Third Taxing District, a municipality which operates the electric service for East Norwalk. He held that position until 2008. The issues generated by the smaller municipalities run the gamut from condemnation, to negligence, to collection of unpaid electric bills to a matter involving freedom of speech. He also was retained by the Town of Weston represent it in order to resolve an issue concerning the legality of Town acceptance of public roads.
Mr. Sumberg is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Real Estate Section. He taught the Real Estate Practices and Principles course at Norwalk Community College for five years ending in 2006. This is the course which must be taken and passed in order for an individual to sit for the State of Connecticut’s real estate salesperson’s licensing exam. He has served on many boards of volunteer organizations, including the Norwalk Jewish Center, the Norwalk Jewish Federation, for 10 years on the Board of the Norwalk YMCA culminating in appointment as its Board Chairman between 1989 and 1991. He is currently on the Board and general counsel to the George Washington Carver Center in Norwalk.