Gail E. McTaggart

Office: Waterbury
Direct Dial Number: (203) 805-6852

Attorney Gail McTaggart’s practice focuses on land use, municipal law, real estate development and transactions, and commercial law.  She has served as Town Attorney, Land Use Counsel and Special Land Use counsel in numerous Connecticut towns.  In towns she does not represent, Attorney McTaggart works with developers, business owners, neighborhood associations, non-profit entities, and lenders in real estate development matters including land use planning, brown field development, regulation drafting, processing applications, post-approval documentation and financing.  She has litigated numerous land use cases, including arguments before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts.  Attorney McTaggart is also experienced in drafting common interest ownership documents for planned communities and commercial/residential condominiums.  Before commencing her law practice, Attorney McTaggart taught Biology and Environmental Science at the high school and college level.  Her background in biology provides Attorney McTaggart with an excellent skill set for dealing with environmental issues in land use. In addition, Attorney McTaggart has presented numerous seminars on subject matters such as land use and municipal law.


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Listed as a Connecticut and New England Super Lawyer®: Land Use/Zoning; 2006-2014-2016-2017
  • Top Attorney in New England selected by Peer Recognition


  • Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, Executive Board Member
  • Connecticut Bar Examining Committee, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association: Planning and Zoning Section; Real Property Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Planning and Zoning Section, Executive Committee Member; Real Property Section, Executive Committee Member; Conservation and Environmental Quality Section
  • Waterbury Bar Association


  • Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, Board of Directors
  • Waterbury Symphony Orchestra


  • Paupack Development Corp. v. Conservation Com’n of Town of New Fairfield, 229 Conn. 247, 640 A.2d 70 (1994)
  • Grimes v. Conservation Com’n of Town of Litchfield, 247 Conn. 903, 720 A.2d 514 (1998)
  • Irwin v. Planning and Zoning Com’n of Town of Litchfield, 244 Conn. 619, 711 A.2d 675 (1998)