Jon L. Schoenhorn – Bio:

Jon L. Schoenhorn, previously served as ZBA alternate and now holds the full ZBA seat. Jon was a 1976 graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he received his B.A. in Political Science, and a 1982 graduate (with honors) of the University of Connecticut School of Law. He has resided in Farmington since 2003 with his wife, Susan Creamer, also a lawyer; and their daughter who works in Hartford.

A recipient of the Judge David E. Bazelon Award for Civil Rights, Jon has spent the past 35 years representing and assisting individuals and businesses through complicated legal problems. He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, remains a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, formerly served as an administrative hearing officer for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and served on the Connecticut Legislature’s Task Force for Sentencing Reform. In addition, for more than a decade, he has been listed as a “Super Lawyer”, a peer-reviewed and professional achievement rating by Connecticut and New England Magazines; and as one of the Top 100 Connecticut trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Jon’s robust experience with civil and human rights gives him an excellent framework for insuring homeowners receive fair due process hearings when they come before the ZBA.

Jon is a former president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and served for many years as an elected member of the Association’s Executive Board. He also serves as a member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors for Real Art Ways, a regional arts and performance venue.

Before moving to Farmington, Jon served for several years with West Hartford’s Conservation Commission. An avid hiker, he has remained a dedicated manager of a section of the Metacomet Trail – now part of the National Park Service’s Scenic New England Trail – for 30 years. Jon has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours working with Farmington and state officials to preserve open space, and develop and design multi-use hiking and biking trails for the enjoyment of Farmington residents. He conceived, designed and coordinated efforts to construct a hiking/fishing access trail along the Farmington River that connects with Avon’s Fischer Meadows trail system. Jon’s dedication to these projects even included completion of a multi-day chainsaw instruction and safety course earning him the title of Apprentice Sawyer.