Read about how Pullman & Comley has helped clients address a range of legal challenges, expand their businesses and navigate the realities of today's marketplace.
Pullman & Comley is participating in a number of endeavors to help Connecticut entrepreneurs and startups launch and build new businesses.
Pullman & Comley’s work with educational institutions extends beyond the K-12 classrooms to the campuses of several colleges and universities. Within the last year, attorneys from across the firm have partnered with college and university administrators on a variety of issues.
In 2016, our bankruptcy team successfully transitioned Hebrew HealthCare’s 257 bed nursing facility in West Hartford to a new owner as part of its bankruptcy reorganization process. Hebrew HealthCare and its four affiliates filed for Chapter 11 in August and immediately sought permission from the Bankruptcy Court to sell its skilled nursing facility.
With its proximity to New York and Boston, high standard of living and talented workforce, Connecticut is an attractive state for international companies looking to land in the United States.
In November 2016, the firm’s Government Finance practice served as bond counsel to the State of Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority on its $115,785,000 Revenue Bonds, Masonicare Issues, Series F and G. Masonicare is the largest provider of senior health care, senior living, homecare and hospice in Connecticut.
Pullman & Comley has taken the lead in proposing innovative legislation to form a state-certified brownfield land bank that creates a valuable new tool for municipalities seeking to remediate and redevelop brownfield sites.
In 2016, our attorneys helped the United States Tennis Association (USTA) embark on a transformation of its online properties.
In 2016, our attorneys were at the forefront of advising our clients on best practices to meet the challenges presented by dramatic changes in labor and employment laws.
The firm’s Government Finance and Real Estate practices have been instrumental in the initial transformation of a blighted industrial property along Interstate 95 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
As cybersecurity and data privacy have emerged as critical concerns for both large and small businesses, we have responded by providing broad-based cybersecurity counseling.
In 2016 Pullman & Comley’s Property Tax and Valuation practice continued its regional expansion.
In 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard only four family law cases. Of those cases, Pullman & Comley’s Family Law attorneys argued, and were victorious, in two.
Groton, Connecticut is home to one of Pfizer Inc.’s largest research facilities in the United States. This is a significant corporate asset, and after incidents when the facility unexpectedly lost power, Pfizer felt that it needed to improve the dependability of electric power at the site beyond the current sources that included on-site generation and power from the local utility.
For nearly 50 years, our firm has assisted Encon with smooth transitions in its ownership spanning three generations of business owners.
An interdisciplinary team of our Government Finance and Real Estate attorneys represented Forstone Capital in the renovation of McLevy Square, a four building, half-acre, historic site located in the heart of downtown Bridgeport overlooking McLevy Green, the city’s downtown public green space.
Clean Feet Investors is a Connecticut- based investment fund dedicated to investing in green energy projects. In 2016, we were retained by Clean Feet to assist in its investment activity.
Our Marketing, Advertising and Entertainment practice helps assure our clients that their digital, print and broadcast advertising is compliant with intellectual property laws, privacy and publicity laws, and federal and state laws, without sacrificing their business needs or marketing goals.
During the last several years, the firm has enjoyed working with illy caffè North America, a subsidiary of the family-owned coffee company illy caffè S.p.A., based in Trieste, Italy, as it continues its successful expansion in the North American market.
Attorneys from our Trusts and Estates, Health Care and Litigation practices supervise and handle conservatorship and commitment matters for several large hospitals.
“Access Health CT” is the business name and registered trademark for the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange – the state’s health insurance marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most consumers recognize Access Health CT by the bright yellow and orange logo used to introduce the Exchange to the public, but some individuals search for the Exchange on the Internet using terms such as: “Connecticut insurance exchange” or “CT health insurance exchange.”
In 2016, we shared insights with the Connecticut Technology Council on recruiting foreign-national technology graduates, and spoke on prospective changes in immigration law with the incoming presidential administration before the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section.
Our Litigation attorneys assisted investors in Branford Manor Associates, L.P. in a complex intra-partnership dispute involving corporate governance, business tort, tax, trust, housing regulation, and injunction issues.
On December 16, 2016, Sacred Heart University, with the assistance of Pullman & Comley attorneys, purchased the 66-acre former General Electric world headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut.
During the past year, our new health care attorneys were at the forefront of representing clients in mergers and acquisitions as well as in a host of regulatory matters in the ever-growing ambulatory surgery center sector.
Following passage of a new law granting rate recognition for water companies that acquire small troubled water systems, our Regulatory team represented Aquarion in obtaining an award of $10 million for its acquisition and modernization of more than 50 such water systems.
In the four years since medical marijuana was legalized in Connecticut, our attorneys have assisted the businesses that grow, dispense and provide testing services for this limited-use drug, while also advising employers grappling with employment policies and practices that need to be modified to meet the new statute guidelines.
In October 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the position of our Energy and Regulatory attorneys that the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) lacked jurisdiction to resolve a contractual pricing dispute between our client, Kleen Energy Systems, and Connecticut Light and Power (now known as Eversource Energy).
Pullman & Comley has been selected as counsel to NuPower Thermal in the development of its district heating loop in downtown Bridgeport, a first-of-its-kind project in the United States that capture waste heat as an alternative energy source.
Our Health Care attorneys counsel hospitals and physicians dealing with these economic pressures and represent physician groups and hospital systems in negotiating merger and asset acquisition agreements and employment and independent contractor agreements.
Our firm has been a driving force in Connecticut's efforts to attract Israeli companies over the past five years through our relationships with The Connecticut Economic Resource Center and The University of Connecticut. One example is our client; H2OFarm, an Israeli company specializing in automated factory greenhouses using hydroponics technology.
A developing trend in our nation’s bankruptcy courts has been the increase in lawsuits filed or threatened by bankruptcy trustees to recover tuition payments made by a student’s parents when the parents later file for bankruptcy protection. The firm is currently representing two universities in defending these so-called "tuition claw back" suits.
Pullman & Comley’s Regulatory and Energy attorneys were instrumental in obtaining the necessary Connecticut Siting Council approval for the construction, operation and maintenance of Beacon Falls Energy Park, soon to be the largest fuel cell facility of its kind in the world, and the largest Class I renewable energy facility in Connecticut.
In 2015 we obtained a significant jury verdict for our client in a case involving a terminated transaction with the government of Turkmenistan over the rights to the orbital slots for a government-launched satellite.
In a dissolution of marriage action, our client sought a portion of the value of her husband’s company, which resulted in the judge awarding a portion of that value to our client.
The firm's Education Law attorneys are well-versed on the emerging legal considerations pertaining to transgender students in schools, colleges and universities.
In early 2016, Pullman & Comley continued its long term engagement as bond counsel to the City of Bridgeport and assisted the city’s new administration with a series of financings that helped balance the current year’s budget and provided over $5.6 million in future debt service savings.
Pullman & Comley's attorneys have represented Optimus Health Care for nearly ten years and serve as its corporate general counsel providing advice on health care issues including: regulatory matters such as fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid billing, privacy and security of patient health information; corporate governance; professional service and employment agreements with physicians and other providers.
Faced with claims of employee or management misconduct, municipalities, businesses and educational institutions turn to Pullman & Comley for impartial, thorough and cost-effective investigations.
A significant number of Connecticut attorneys, in law firms, corporate legal departments and insurance agencies, turn to our Professional Liability team for risk management advice to handle their important matters.
In the case of Curtis Jackson III a/k/a 50 Cent, Pullman & Comley’s Bankruptcy team successfully thwarted the rapper’s attempt to derail the trial in the case of Lastonia Leviston v. Curtis Jackson III, in which Ms. Leviston was suing Mr. Jackson for his release on his commercial website of a private, intimate tape which was never intended to be disclosed or made public.
Pullman & Comley’s Real Estate and Land Use, Environmental and Government Finance attorneys have been working with the mayor and officials from the City of West Haven to develop an underutilized portion of the city’s shoreline on Long Island Sound.
Pullman & Comley, continues to be a leader on brownfield development, closing deals that change non-productive property into commercially developed land that benefits entire communities. For years, several of our attorneys have been working on various aspects of a large brownfield site located in Waterbury,Connecticut, commonly known as WIC (Waterbury Industrial Commons).
In 2014, Pullman & Comley attorneys successfully defended a regional educational service center accused of violating pregnancy discrimination laws and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, first won at the United States District Court and then on appeal at the Second Circuit Court of appeals.
A common complaint of the business community is that the court system moves too slowly. But what happens when the system moves too fast? In 2014, our commercial litigators defended a large winter sports facility against just that risk.
As the automobile industry gained strength in 2014, the firm’s Automotive Dealers practice continued to guide franchised dealers through a host of issues from floor plan financing and succession planning to dealing with hazardous waste handling and energy services procurement to facing future regulatory challenges and managing succession planning.
In 2014, Pullman & Comley served as bond counsel to the City of Bridgeport in connection with a major conduit bond financing for The Jewish Home of Fairfield County, a local 501(c)(3) organization, which is relocating its senior living facility to Bridgeport.
In 2014, Pullman & Comley’s Health Care practice provided regulatory and contracting advice
and assistance to our hospital clients involved in conducting clinical trials
of new drugs and medical devices, prior to the Federal Drug Administration’s
Over the years, Pullman & Comley has been privileged to represent many well-known international businesses and their U.S. subsidiaries. 2014 was no exception, as we initiated representation of the North American subsidiary of Italy’s renowned coffee company, illy caffè.
In today’s competitive retail environment, it pays for merchants to review their real and personal property taxes to ensure they are equitable. In 2014, our property tax practice helped the owner of several regional malls achieve a multi-million dollar reduction in their property tax liability through an assessment appeal.
The firm represents the City of Bridgeport and the Steel Point Infrastructure Improvement District in the development of one of Bridgeport's most significant economic development projects, that when completed, will transform Bridgeport’s harbor and establish the city as a retail and recreational maritime destination. Adjacent to Interstate 95, the 50-acre, waterfront project is expected to contain more than one million square feet of retail, commercial, hotel and residential space and feature a marina.
In 2014, our attorneys were involved with two key projects that are part of “BGreen 2020,” a plan to improve the environmental quality and livability of Bridgeport’s parks, waterways and streets and to promote Bridgeport as a location for the development of green industries and green employment.
Beginning in 2012, we represented Greenfield Partners with its development, financing and sale of a newly-completed multi-story luxury apartment building in the heart of downtown Stamford.
Pullman & Comley attorneys continue to be at the forefront of developments in renewable energy, including solar installations, hydro-electric and fuel cell development, and developers and property owners turn to us to assist them in all aspects of renewable energy development, from structuring the overall development to permitting, drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements and structuring financing to get projects operational.
Hartford Dispensary, an operator of nine methadone-assisted treatment facilities in Connecticut, sought to establish a clinic in Torrington to better serve its clients from that part of the state. Its plan to renovate a small office building in Torrington’s industrial area for that new clinic failed when the city passed new zoning regulations making it more difficult to site a methadone clinic or a facility that provided mental health services in Torrington.
In January 2014, the Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner selected our client, Advanced Grow Labs, LLC, as one of four companies to produce medical marijuana in the state of Connecticut.
After Hurricane Irene, the October blizzard of 2011 and SuperStorm Sandy in 2012, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) was mandated by the state legislature to investigate the response by Connecticut utility companies and their preparedness for future storm events.
Our client, the Town of East Windsor, was faced with increasing annual funding obligations for its pension plan, despite closing the pension to new employees years ago. It was also having difficulty recruiting new employees and retaining current employees due to neighboring towns that offered more enhanced pension benefits.
In 2013, lawyers from the Firm’s Real Estate and Public Finance practices represented the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in three innovative financings that, when completed, will bring more than 500 additional rental housing units to downtown Hartford. A newly-created state authority, CRDA’s mission is to bring new investments -- including residential housing projects, tourism, art, education and entertainment facilities, and the relocation of state offices -- into Hartford.
Throughout the year, Pullman & Comley’s Diversity Committee engaged in numerous activities that demonstrated the firm’s commitment to diversity while fostering an understanding and acceptance for the array of diversity that exists in our firm and the communities in which we live and serve. In addition to our internal activities that raised awareness and education about the importance of diversity, our efforts extended outside the firm to include organizational involvement, sponsorships, diversity seminars and community service.
In September of 2007 a mother and three children left Italy to escape an abusive home, settling in the greater Hartford area where other members of their family live. More than a year later, the father, still in Italy, filed a petition under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction to compel the return of the children to Italy where an Italian court would decide their custody issues. Pullman attorneys became involved in the matter through Greater Hartford Legal Aid, where the mother turned for help, and assumed responsibility for the matter.
The firm’s regulatory and energy attorneys have been busy helping guide clients through the highly competitive markets for the supply of electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy to identify opportunities to save energy costs.
Several years ago a Connecticut city used eminent domain to take land which contained a large parking lot. The parking lot provided all of the off-street parking to the mixed-use building it served. As a result of the loss of parking, the building also lost most of its tenants and fell out of zoning compliance.
Today, as health care facilities such as ambulatory surgery centers and clinics decentralize and seek locations in suburban commercial and residential areas, they often face challenges in obtaining the approvals they need from municipal land use agencies.
Known throughout its 75-year history as a local heating oil distributor, Santa Energy Corporation has evolved from its early days as a one truck kerosene delivery service in Stratford into a major regional energy supplier.
A Connecticut owner of property faced a familiar dilemma of how to sell property contaminated by industrial activities predating the owner’s involvement.
In 2013, Pullman & Comley represented Bridgeport Hospital in connection with the development and financing of a new medical office building, containing approximately 120,000 square feet, and a structured parking garage, containing more than 500 parking spaces.
Digitally mastered holograms; laser engraved tactile features; ghost portraits; laser engraved microprints; tamper evident laminates; and ultraviolet light images – don’t be surprised if your next driver’s license contains one or more of these state-of-the-art security features.
Following almost two years of work and after gaining approval from the United States Department of Justice, the Connecticut Attorney General and the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, we successfully closed the affiliation of Norwalk Health Services Corporation.
One of the most satisfying opportunities our profession offers is the chance to apply legal acumen in support of a worthy cause. This year, we were able to do just that for our client, Jewelry for a Cause, LLC, an innovative new social venture.
An interdisciplinary team consisting of our government finance and real estate departments represented Forstone Capital in the renovation of the historic Mechanics & Farmers building, adjacent to the firmâ€™s offices on Main Street in Bridgeport.
The City of Waterbury has transformed a blighted area comprised of brownfields and abandoned dwellings into a new primary school (K-8) which also serves as a community resource for inner-city residents of Waterbury.
Recently, Connecticut Regional School District No. 14 believed it had finally passed via a referendum vote, a building project that would allow for a much-needed and long-awaited substantial renovation of its high school.
Institutional trustees often turn to our Trusts and Estates practice for creative answers on how trust beneficiaries can mutually benefit from a property placed in a trust. Recently, our attorneys devised a clever solution for a trust that was established nearly 100 years ago.
With the assistance of Pullman & Comley’s environmental and real estate attorneys, the Police Activities League of Waterbury (PAL) has turned a failing organization into a vibrant center for over 3,000 inner-city youths, offering a wide range of activities from academics and gardening to sports and music programs.
In the first privately funded real estate project in Hartford, Connecticut in twenty years, attorneys from our energy, environmental, real estate and commercial finance groups assisted developers in closing both the construction loan and the permanent credit term loan for a new CVS store in the city's South End.
In December 2012, our attorneys successfully defended a Second Circuit Court of Appeals appeal involving a Connecticut real estate agency, Realty Works, LLC, that had won a franchise dispute against international real estate franchisor GMAC Real Estate, LLC.
It started as a pro bono project expected to last a few months. It turned out to be one of the most significant lawsuits in the history of Title IX. In March 2009, Pullman & Comley attorneys agreed to co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut and Equity Legal of Alexandria, Virginia, representing the members and coach of the Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team in challenging the University’s decision to cut the program.
Our firm continues to provide counsel to Solar Connecticut, the state’s industry association of solar energy and solar thermal providers. As general counsel, we assist Solar Connecticut in understanding, interpreting and reacting to both regulatory and legislative issues affecting the solar energy industry.
Our attorneys helped Total Wine navigate the state’s rigorous liquor laws to obtain its Connecticut liquor license and open a Norwalk store in 2012. In addition, we assisted Total Wine & More in streamlining and expediting the procedure for processing thousands of brand label registrations, enabling the retailer to introduce nearly 2,000 new products to Connecticut.
Pullman & Comley’s Environmental Department attorneys played a key role in the siting and permitting of the largest single-source municipal scale anaerobic digestion plant in the United States.
Throughout our firm’s history, Connecticut-based manufacturers and industrial distributors have turned to us for guidance on acquisitions, divestitures, financing, tax planning and corporate governance on all phases of a transaction. We are proud to provide legal services to this industry, so vital to Connecticut’s economic health and future.
For more than a decade, Dr. Pascal Magnollay was a partner in an investment firm to which he licensed the systems he had developed for statistical research and trading methods used across a range of global futures and currencies markets.
In complex, multiparty litigation that resulted in the largest private damages recovery in United States antitrust history, certain to bring changes to the rules governing credit card transactions, Pullman & Comley attorneys successfully represented three of the nearly thirty banks named as defendants in a group of antitrust class and single-plaintiff actions that were settled for more than $7 billion.
In densely developed and urban areas, making room for new real estate projects can often pose a challenge. Our real estate attorneys have considerable experience with properties that require creative structuring of common interest communities in order to expedite approvals and redevelopment.
When the City of Waterbury decided to remediate and redevelop a major brownfield site, it turned to Pullman & Comley for assistance. Attorneys from our environmental practice area advised city officials in creating a cost-effective redevelopment strategy and helped them comply with the complex body of federal and state environmental laws relating to the transfer of the brownfield property, the demolition of buildings and remediation of the site.
Pullman & Comley’s Health Care Department has been at the forefront of the current trend of increased hospital mergers and acquisitions resulting from federal health care reform. One noteworthy example is our representation of Norwalk Health Services Corporation and its subsidiary, Norwalk Hospital, its proposed affiliation with Western Connecticut Health Network, the parent of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital.
The law has been clear that a public sector employee cannot use “free speech” as a reason to disobey directives of a supervisor. However, until this past year it was unclear whether the same law applied in the private sector. When an employee of our client, Laboratory Corporation of America, was terminated for disagreeing with and disregarding his employer’s protocols, the employee asserted free speech under the First Amendment as his defense, and this issue was thereby raised.
The law that created the Connecticut Airport Authority in 2011 was the first of many steps which will make Connecticut airports more appealing to passengers, cargo operators and airline operators, while attracting additional business into the region.
Pullman & Comley has represented the developers of Great Pond Village on environmental and land use issues, helping turn this 670-acre brownfield site into a community that incorporates the “new urbanism” approach to planning, including walkable neighborhoods and a variety of housing types.
Pullman & Comley structured $192 million in forgivable loans and $99 million in grants on behalf of Connecticut Innovations (CI) and worked with intellectual property counsel for CI and UConn to structure intricate intellectual property and royalty-sharing arrangements to help bring Jackson Laboratories, a leader in genetics research, to Connecticut. Our real estate, environmental and land use attorneys handled all aspects of the transaction related to siting and the 98-year ground lease for the property on which the laboratory will be built.
Pullman & Comley structured and closed a $20 million New Market Tax Credit financing for Waterside School to support the construction of the new 37,000 square foot building in the Harbor Point area of Stamford.
Pullman & Comley successfully handled an arbitration that upheld the sovreignty of the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association (USCA) and affirmed its ability to use its selection procedures, a win for our client tha tled to a successful outcome for the U.S. archery team in the 2011 World University Summer Games in Shenzhen, China.
In 2011, we assisted a hospital in acquiring a large specialty practice, a transaction that involved assigning numerous contracts, leases and other agreements; negotiating management agreements; and ensuring that financial terms conformed to strict regulatory requirements.
Pullman & Comley is proud of our longstanding relationship with the Connecticut Public Affairs Network and the work we have done to help it grow into one of the state’s most active civic organizations.
Disputes over employee violations of non-compete agreements and disclosure of trade secrets have long been part of the litigation landscape. Over the last several years, however, Pullman & Comley has seen such cases increase in number and complexity, fueled by increasingly competitive markets where employee mobility has become routine.
Pullman & Comley represents PowerOptions, the leading energy buying consortium in Massachusetts, which consolidates the gas and electricity energy buying power of 500 colleges, universities, hospitals, museums and other nonprofits, as well as state and municipal facilities.
When the owner of a major office building in one of Connecticut's largest cities contacted Pullman & Comley’s property valuation attorneys to discuss an assessment appeal, we decided to protest the assessment even though it was four years old and a city-wide revaluation would be implemented on the next assessment date.
With the increased demand for energy efficiency and green buildings, New England Energy Management, Inc. (neem) has seen its business take off. The company turned to Pullman & Comley in 2010 to help address some of the challenges of its accelerating growth.
As a result of the recently closed deal, the investor will become a limited partner in the 27-time World Champion baseball team.
Pullman & Comley Attorney Nancy A. D. Hancock has worked closely with lia sophia® as the jewelry company continues to grow and expand into Canada and Europe.
In 2010, Pullman & Comley’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice helped the owners of Affinity Healthcare Management, which has skilled nursing facilities in the Greater Hartford area, emerge from bankruptcy without a change in ownership.
In 2010 we defended Magnetek, Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer of digital power and motion control systems, against claims concerning contamination of one of its former facilities in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In 2010, Pullman & Comley represented Wallingford-based InSite One in its sale to Dell, the health care industry’s leading provider of information technology services.
Pullman & Comley handled all of the legal aspects of forming a public charity, The Riedel and Cody Fund, Inc., which provides financial and emotional support to those faced with a pet's cancer diagnosis.
In a noteworthy decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a U.S. District Court decision denying summary judgment to our client, the town of East Windsor, and ordered the District Court to dismiss the case against all defendants.
Pullman & Comley was retained to represent the owner of Byram Concrete & Supply, Inc. and South Street Materials, Inc. in the bankruptcy proceedings of his two companies, the leading producers and suppliers of redi-mix concrete in Westchester County.
A team of Pullman & Comley attorneys has been involved in the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport's first major upgrade in decades to improve services provided to privately-owned and corporate aircraft.
In a groundbreaking case, Pullman & Comley's Professional Liability attorneys successfully persuaded the Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee to dismiss a disciplinary complaint filed against five Connecticut bankruptcy attorneys who paid to be listed on a promotional website run by Chicago-based Total Attorneys.
In early 2010, we successfully closed the issuance of $145 million of unrated development bonds on behalf of our client, the Harbor Point Infrastructure Improvement District, for public infrastructure improvements at Harbor Point in Stamford, Connecticut.
In 2008, Pullman & Comley worked with lia sophia to help it concentrate its focus on its jewelry business and structure the company for expansion.
In 2008, Pullman & Comley successfully completed a trial over the rights to develop a mixed-use waterfront parcel along the Connecticut coastline.
Pullman & Comley acted as counsel to People's United Bank as co-lender in connection with a commercial loan of more than $42 million to finance the construction of a mixed-use development for use by Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Pullman & Comley represents Optimus Health Care, one of the largest community health centers in Connecticut.
Pullman & Comley attorneys have advised Kleen Energy through the entire development and financing process for a 620 megawatt dual fuel-fired electric generation project, the most advanced and environmentally sophisticated base load electric generation unit in the state. The Kleen Energy project was recognized as the North American Single Asset Power Deal of the Year for 2008 by Project Finance magazine.
Serving as bond counsel, Pullman & Comley handled one of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority’s largest and most complicated transactions of 2008.