David M. Royston
  • Director & Officer


Old Saybrook, CT






David M. Royston was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated cum laude from Fairfield University in 1961 and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University in 1964. Upon being admitted to the Bar of the State of Connecticut in 1964, he joined the firm as an associate. He became a Principal in 1970. Mr. Royston is a past President of the firm, and continues to serve as a Vice President and Director of the firm.

Mr. Royston has resided in Old Saybrook, CT since 1965 and has practiced from the firm's Old Saybrook office continuously since that date. Mr. Royston is a general practitioner who practices in the areas of real estate, business, municipal and land use law. He has been Town Counsel to the Town of Essex since 1973. He also represents the Old Lyme Zoning Board of Appeals, the Chester Planning and Zoning Commission, Deep River Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission.

In addition to representing municipal clients, Mr. Royston also represents private clients before Old Saybrook land use boards, as well as those of many other towns including Westbrook, Haddam, East Haddam, Killingworth and Lyme. These clients include individuals and companies, as well as national firms and franchisees such as CVS Pharmacy, Big Y Supermarkets, Boaters World and Cumberland Farms.

Mr. Royston and his wife reside in Old Saybrook and have four grown children. He has been a member of several Old Saybrook Charter Revision Commissions, is currently serving on his fourth Charter Revision Commission and is a former member and Chairman of the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee.

Mr. Royston has been selected for inclusion in Connecticut Magazine's Super Lawyers since 2007 and New England Super Lawyers since 2008 in the Land Use/Zoning Practice Area. 

For more information on the Superlawyer selection process, please visit: http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html

Areas Of Practice

  • Land Use And Zoning 35%
  • Real Estate Law 25%
  • Litigation And Appeals 15%
  • State, Local And Municipal Law 15%
  • Business And Commerical Law 10%

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1964
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1964
  • Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1961
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Government

Representative Clients

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Big Y Supermarkets
  • Boaters World
  • Cumberland Farms

Honors and Awards

  • Town Counsel to the Town of Essex
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Magazine's Super Lawyers
  • New England Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1964 to Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Real Property Section, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Planning and Zoning Section, Executive Committee Member
  • State of Connecticut Judicial Department, Attorney Trial Referee
  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Member, Past President
  • Middlesex County Community Foundation, Board of Directors
  • HOPE Partnership (non-profit, housing), Advisory Board
  • Fourth Charter Revision Commission, Member, Present
  • Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee, Former member and Chairman
  • Old Lyme Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Chester Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Deep River Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission

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