Managing Partner: James T. Shearin
Number of partners: 75 Number of other lawyers: 20
Established in 1919, Pullman & Comley has earned a reputation as one of the preeminent providers of legal services in New England, serving clients throughout Connecticut, the Northeast and nationally. As a member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms, the firm offers its local and regional clients the benefit of global reach. The firm serves major financial institutions, public and private companies of all sizes, health care providers, service businesses, trade associations, manufacturers and emerging growth businesses, as well as government entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals.
Main Areas of Practice:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Corporate & Business
Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications
Environmental & Land Use
Labor & Employment
Property Tax & Valuation
Trusts & Estates
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s team of trained arbitrators and mediators includes four retired judges who have settled thousands of lawsuits by settlement or trial.
Corporate & Business:
The firm advises clients ranging from start-ups to established businesses, on an array of business issues including choice of business entity, negotiation of sophisticated commercial agreements and financings, corporate governance, market research, tax, M&A and divestitures. The firm’s attorneys are practical problemsolvers, well-versed in a wide range of transactions involving capital formation, securities law compliance, intellectual property protection, licensing agreements and business franchises.
Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications:
As a leader in the energy field, the firm offers extensive transactional and regulatory experience in electricity and power markets; power plant development and financing; energy procurement, conservation and demand-side management; natural gas markets; emerging alternative energy and biofuels; water utilities and water treatment; district steam heating; and wireless and wireline telecommunications.
Environmental & Land Use:
The firm counsels clients in all aspects of environmental law, as well as on a full range of planning, zoning, inland wetlands, affordable housing and development matters, including brownfield redevelopment and green development.
The firm provides bond counsel services to governmental entities and represents underwriters, credit enhancers, businesses, trustees and private individuals. Over the past ten years, The Bond Buyer has consistently ranked Pullman & Comley within the top five bond counsel firms in the state of Connecticut.
The firm has counseled clients in nearly every major sector of the healthcare industry on regulatory, transactional and business matters. Experienced and innovative attorneys help navigate the complex maze of healthcare law for a broad range of health care providers, including hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes and other health care institutions, physicians, other health care practitioners and pharmaceutical and life science clients.
Labor & Employment:
The firm advises clients on labor, employment and employee benefits law, including preventative counseling and training, investigations, immigration law and union issues. Its attorneys also litigate employment disputes of every type, including discrimination and retaliation claims, trade secret and noncompete agreements, ERISA claims and other contract and employment-related tort claims.
The firm’s litigators handle all phases of civil and criminal litigation at the state and federal levels. The firm represents clients in business litigation disputes involving contract claims, unfair competition, antitrust litigation and class shareholder derivative actions; defense of consumer protection, commercial foreclosures and lender liability cases; securities litigation and arbitration; construction litigation; intellectual property matters; cyber security, privacy and infrastructure protection; product liability and product warranty litigation; professional malpractice litigation; insurance coverage litigation; administrative law matters including appellate review; bankruptcy and state and federal white collar crime. The family law attorneys routinely handle complex disputes tailored to clients’ individual needs.
Property Tax & Valuation:
The firm provides legal services to commercial property owners, both in tax appeal and eminent domain litigation.
The firm represents clients on a full range of real estate transactions, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales; real estate finance transactions; retail and office leasing; residential, commercial and municipal development projects; creation of condominiums and other common interest ownership structures; real estate loan workouts and restructurings; urban and brownfield redevelopment.
The firm represents boards of education, independent schools, colleges and universities on education, labor and employment law, board governance, special education, vendor relations and student issues.