James (Tim) Shearin
Chairman, Pullman & Comley
Since Pullman & Comley’s founding in 1919, we have played a vital role in shaping our local communities and contributing to the legal profession. Our attorneys and staff are active and involved participants in charitable, civic, public service and professional organizations. We take pride in our “Dress Down Fridays,” which raise thousands of dollars for local charities nominated by employees, and in organizing the firm’s participation in events including the annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies, the Center for Family Justice's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," and the Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.
Some of the organizations supported by our firm include the following:
In 2016, as in years past, the firm’s attorneys and staff dedicated hours of their time to helping others in the community.
Pullman & Comley’s commitment to pro bono work reflects the firm’s long tradition of legal excellence and public service. We encourage our attorneys to take on pro bono work that serves individuals and nonprofit organizations that would otherwise not be able to afford legal representation. Public service matters generally are undertaken as a result of a referral from a legal aid organization such as Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.; Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc.; Greater Hartford Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.; New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.; Pro Bono Partnership; Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc. and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Members of our firm also serve as court-appointed counsel for indigent clients on a wide variety of litigation matters.
Pullman & Comley’s pro bono activities are coordinated by Adam J. Cohen, who also serves as a member and legislative liaison for the Connecticut Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee. As coordinator for pro bono matters, Adam helps create opportunities for attorneys, summer associates and paralegals to volunteer for public service matters.
In 2013, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (YLS) honored Pullman & Comley for its contribution to the $1 Million Pro Bono Service Campaign. The firm was welcomed as a member of the $150,000 Club, designated to firms that performed in excess of $150,000 worth of pro bono service, and honored for the Highest Percentage of Attorneys Participating in a Large Firm. In total, 707.5 hours of pro bono work was performed by nearly 70 percent of our attorneys during a three-month period during 2013. The work reflects our firm’s long tradition of serving nonprofit organizations and individuals who need pro bono legal counsel.