Donald S. Baillie has over thirty years of legal experience and currently concentrates his practice in residential real estate transactions. His practice areas include real estate, estate planning, estate administration, and corporate and business organization law.

Mr. Baillie is a member of the Connecticut Bar, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District and Appeals Courts, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations and of the Employee Relocation Council and its Law and Government Relations Committee. Mr. Baillie has received a rating of AV from Martindale and Hubbell and has been repeatedly named to Connecticut Superlawyers. He is also active in the employee relocation industry, holding the Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP) designation from WERC.

Mr. Baillie received a B.A. from Brown University in 1970, and a J.D., cum laude, in 1974 from Suffolk University, where he was a member of the Law Review. At Suffolk University Mr. Baillie won the Justice Tom C. Clark Moot Court Competition and authored “Union Use of Unfair Electioneering Tactics,” 7 Suffolk University Law Review 1144, 1973. He clerked for the Honorable Charles S. House, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, from 1974 until 1975.

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Jay N. Hershman concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and relocation law, including compliance, corporate and business organization and estate planning.  He also holds the designation of Certified Relocation Professional from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (ERC).

Mr. Hershman is a member of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the District of Connecticut.  He also holds a Massachusetts real estate broker license.

Additionally, Mr. Hershman is a member of the American, Connecticut, and New Haven County Bar Associations.  He has also been a member of the Cheshire Fire Department since 1992 and held the rank of Assistant Chief.  Mr. Hershman served as the President of the Waterbury Area Fire Chief’s Association.  He is also a member of the Employee Relocation Council (Real Estate and Mortgage Forum) and of the Young Relocation Professionals Network.  He has served as a speaker at numerous events and training sessions throughout the United States, discussing real estate and relocation.

Mr. Hershman was selected to the March 2012 Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40, honoring the top young leaders in Connecticut.  He was also featured in Mobility Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Young Relocation Professionals, which appeared in the June 2012 issue.

In 1998 Mr. Hershman received a B.A. from Bryant University.  He received a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2001.  At the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Mr. Hershman was the Research Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, and he authored “Erickson v. Erickson: Extrinsic Evidence in Probate Matters”, Quinn. Prob. Law Jour. 143 (2001).

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Debra A. Westphal has been a paralegal for 28 years.  She has legal experience in personal injury, landlord/tenant, divorce and is currently focusing in residential real estate transactions.  Debra began her career with Baillie & Hershman PC in 2007 and worked diligently to become Closing Manager.  In this position, Debra oversees and manages all lender related residential real estate transactions in all 50 states.

Debra received her Associates Degree for Legal Studies in 1989 from Middlesex Community College.



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