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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.