Jeffrey B. Sienkiewicz
Jeff has been practicing law since 1972. He has represented a wide range
of institutional, municipal, small business and individual clients and
consequently has experience over a broad range of legal disciplines. Most
recently he has guided the Town of Sherman through the interim management
and lease of the Happy Acres Farm and the resolution of the construction
and contract claims relating to the Sherman Firehouse. He currently represents
the Town of Kent with respect to the Schaghticoke Indians and has successfully
defended against their federal acknowledgment and land claims before the
Bureau of Indian Affairs and in Federal court. He continues to serve as
Town Attorney for the Town of Sherman and as counsel to the Brookfield
Water Pollution Control Authority and the Kent Sewer Commission. For the
small business or individual client, Jeff has experience in land use matters,
contracting, commercial and residential land transactions, construction
claims, administrative matters, personal injury, product liability, malpractice
as well as more general litigation.
United States District Court, Connecticut, 1973
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1983
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1969
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1972
Town Attorney, Town of Warren (1976-1981)
Town Attorney, Town of New Milford (1978-1987, 1989-1992)
Town Attorney, Town of Kent (1989-2009)
Town Attorney, Town of Sherman (2004 - present)
Recognized for excellence,
The Best Lawyers in America, 1989-1990 and 1991-1992, Personal Injury Defense
Bauer v. Waste Management, Inc., 234 Conn. 221 (1995) and 239 Conn. 515 (1996) Zoning - closure of New
Milford landfill and recovery of $43.1 million settlement from landfill operator.
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation v. Kempthorne, 587 F. Supp.2d 389,
aff'd 587 F.3d 132 (2009). BIA decision to deny federal recognition affirmed.
Case included allegations of undue political interference.
United States v. 43.47 Acres of Land, 896 F. Supp.2d 151,
aff'd 12/15/2014: Concept of primary jurisdiction controls Indian status in Non-intercourse
Act land claim.
In re Scheller, 265 B.R. 39 (2001). Extensively cited bankruptcy case concerning debts
arising from fraud, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary duty and related
Griffin Hospital v. Commission on Hospitals and Health Care, 200 Conn. 489 (1986): Regulatory and Medicare preemption issues in Connecticut's
scheme of hospital budget regulation.
Town of New Milford v. SCA of Connecticut, Inc., 174 Conn 146 (1977): challenge to constitutionality of state statute
regulating waste disposal sustained.