Richard L. Emerson

Richard L. Emerson

Danbury, Connecticut
203-744-1929 x35

Richard L. Emerson practices in Connecticut where he concentrates on estate administration, probate, estate planning, trust and estate disputes and general corporate representation.  He has mediated contested probate matters and has appeared as an expert witness for other attorneys.  He continuously served as the Probate Judge in Redding, Connecticut for over thirty years.  His probate services include everything from pre-death planning and counseling to the final distribution of assets to your estate beneficiaries, whether as legal counsel, executor or trustee.  He has also served as general counsel for numerous private and publicly traded companies including bank holding companies in their general corporate and mergers and acquisitions activities. He has assisted in the formation and administration of corporations and limited liability companies and has acted as Connecticut counsel for multi-state businesses.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Settlement
  • Estate Planning
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Non-Profit and Non-Stock Corporate
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1973


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1973
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Major: Government

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2009, 2011 - 2018
  • Former Director, Planned Giving Section of American Cancer Society
  • Former Chairman, Pack 118, Boy Scouts of America
  • Eagle Scout

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Cancer Society, Section of Planned Giving, Director
  • Mark Twain Library, Director and Past President
  • Redding Open Lands, Inc., President and Director
  • Boy Scouts of America, Pack 118, Past Chairman
  • Republican Town Committee, Redding, 1975 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1973 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Section of Corporations and Other Business Organizations, Executive Committee, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Sections of Commercial and Banking Law, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Section of Estates and Probate Law, Member
  • Connecticut Probate Assembly, Member
  • Danbury Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1973 - Present
  • Western Connecticut Estate Tax & Planning Council, Director & Past President, 2008 - Present
  • National College of Probate Judges, Member, 1979 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • District of Redding, Judge of Probate, 1979 - 2011
  • Planning Commission, Redding, 1975 - 1979
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Appellate Division, Law Clerk, 1972 - 1973
  • U.S. Army, Lieutenant (Retired)


  • English (Primary)


  • Delta Kappa Epsilon