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Alan J. Sobol

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Hartford Office
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3702
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Second Office
Bridgeport - 203.330.2000
Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • State of Connecticut
  • State of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • University of Maryland, B.A., with honors, 1971

Alan J. Sobol chairs Pullman & Comley’s White Collar, Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations practice and is a member of the firm's Litigation Department.  He also serves in the firm's Health Care and Construction practices.

Alan has represented both corporate and individual clients in federal and state health care, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and enforcement, physician and pharmacist licensing, federal and state fraud and false claims (qui tam - whistleblowers), federal insider trading and securities, financial fraud, structuring, tax, anti-trust, federal and state racketeering and public corruption cases.

Alan’s criminal defense practice includes representation in conspiracy and drug trafficking, money laundering, bank robbery, identity theft, computer crimes, larceny, assault, forfeiture, immigration, and domestic cases. In his civil litigation practice, he represents commercial clients in contracts and business disputes including the defense of class action lawsuits.  He has national experience in construction and surety litigation representing owners, contractors, design professionals, insurance companies, and sureties on public and private construction projects, with experience in government contract, surety performance, and payment bond cases in federal and state court.

Earlier in his career, Alan was a trial attorney, Criminal Division, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a federal prosecutor for the General Litigation Section, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C.  In this role, he represented the government's interest on-site for the Mariel, Cuba refugee boat lift, to Key West, Florida, directing federal criminal law enforcement when the U.S. government sought to interdict and terminate the operation for violation of U.S. laws. In addition he indicted and prosecuted in a jury trial a federal criminal defendant involved in the Jonestown, Guyana murder/assault of U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan, diplomats, press members and others on a trip bringing back defectors from the Rev. Jim Jones' Jonestown encampment.  He chairs the Connecticut Bar Association's Criminal Justice section and is also a member of the Federal Practice and the Construction Law sections.  He also has been a member of the Criminal Law Section, Litigation Section, and the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association. Alan has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law. He is a Diplomat in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a U.S. Attorney General's Honor Law Graduate Program Attorney. 

Alan  is the author of “Staying on Top of the Issues: New Developments for White Collar Lawyers and Their Clients,” a chapter in Managing White Collar Issues:  Leading Lawyers on Understanding Recent Notable Cases, Establishing Key Defense Strategies, and Developing Client Relationships (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Books 2011) released in December, 2010.  He is a frequent speaker on white collar, criminal defense, health care fraud and abuse and related enforcement topics.

Representative Experience

White Collar Defense

  • Represented defendant, who was also a tax preparer, in a federal tax evasion prosecution. The client, who was facing a year imprisonment, received a sentence of only several months’ imprisonment, in part, based on his extenuating, personal circumstances. 
  • Represented defendant charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, involving a scheme to “wash” stolen payroll checks and have them cased by fictional payees. The defendant was exposed to a federal sentencing guidelines range of 41-51 months’ imprisonment.  The court sentenced the defendant to one year and one day’s imprisonment.
  • Represented a white collar defendant charged with computer cyber-theft larceny of bank accounts and criminal conspiracy involving foreign individuals in a state court prosecution, which resulted in a dismissal of all charges.
  • Represented a Licensed Social Worker in a favorable Civil False Claims Act global settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG-HHS); the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General and Connecticut Department of Social Services.
  • Represented a state employee in a federal criminal, grand jury investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office involving allegations of mail fraud, kick-backs and improper gratuities pertaining to state contracts, resulting in no criminal charges being filed.
  • Represented a state employee in a parallel high-profile public corruption investigation by the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office resulting in no criminal or civil charges being filed.
  • Represented a state employee in a high profile federal criminal, grand jury, public corruption investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, resulting in no criminal charges being brought.
  • Represented a former town counselor in a federal criminal white collar public corruption investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulting in a misdemeanor only tax conviction, with no jail time.
  • Represented an automobile dealership business manager in a multi-defendant, federal, criminal mail and wire prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, resulting in a favorable non-Guidelines sentence.
  • Represented a business manager in a Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity Act (CORA) state court criminal prosecution.  Although the client was facing a plea agreement sentence of seven years in jail, she received a favorable sentence of probation only.
  • Represented a Connecticut businessman in a federal white collar criminal bank fraud investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern District of New York resulting in no criminal or civil charges being filed.
  • Represented a Connecticut businessman in a federal criminal mail fraud investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania resulting in no criminal or civil charges being filed.
  • Represented state employees and officials in State Ethics Commission matters.
  • Represented a national rail transportation carrier and obtained a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctions in U.S. District Court ending a “wildcat” strike that violated federal railroad statutes and collective bargaining agreements.  The injunctions were granted on the grounds that the defendants caused irreparable harm to the public.
  • Represented a commercial bank in a federal multi-district securities litigation involving tax shelter limited partnerships formed to develop and operate real estate properties and successfully prevented shareholder “class action” certification.  A favorable settlement was obtained through a “workout” with shareholder investors on behalf of the lender bank.

Criminal Defense

  • Represented a firearm’s manufacturer employee in a firearms records falsification prosecution. Based in part on the client’s personal history and characteristics, family ties, presentence conduct and other extenuating circumstances, the court sentenced the defendant to an unconditional discharge.
  • Represented client charged with using a telephone to facilitate violating federal drug trafficking laws. Facing a federal guidelines sentencing range of 30-37 months, the defendant was sentenced to a term of probation.
  • Represented client charged with conspiring to defraud the United States by committing bribery in connection with a HUD program receiving federal funds. The client was facing a statutory maximum of 60 months’ imprisonment, with a federal sentencing guidelines range of 70-87 months.  However, in part based on the defendant’s prior history and characteristics, which included a lengthy, the court sentenced the defendant to a term of probation.
  • Represented a physician pediatrician in a federal child pornography case.  The client, who was facing a federal sentencing guidelines range of 17.5 to 20 years' imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, received, under the circumstances, a described "lenient" sentence of only 60 months.
  • Represented a family practice physician in a federal child pornography prosecution who, the Government represented, amassed one of the largest collections in Connecticut history.  The client, who was facing a Federal Sentencing Guidelines range of 9 to 11 ¼ years’ imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000, received a described “reduced” sentence of only 51 months with a fine of $10,000.

  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court under the Criminal Justice Act to represent a young defendant charged with international drug trafficking.  The first time federal defendant, charged with smuggling over 12 kilograms of heroin into the U.S., was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of at least ten years, but received a sentence of time-served fourteen months.
  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court under the Criminal Justice Act in a federal criminal case to represent defendant charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.  The client was facing a federal mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years.  After a three-day trial and two days of deliberation, successfully argued the case  to a draw, resulting in a hung jury and a mistrial.
  • Represented a Licensed Social Worker in a state criminal prosecution for violating vendor fraud statutes resulting in a favorable pre-trial Diversion Program resolution.
  • Represented an owner of an escort service in a state Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity Act (CORA) conspiracy and promotion criminal jury trial.
  • Represented individuals charged with violating federal and state child pornography possession and distribution statutes, involving use of internet, computers and postal services.
  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court under the Criminal Justice Act in a federal criminal case to represent a defendant charged with violating federal drug trafficking, crack cocaine laws.  At sentencing, the Court took the unprecedented step in the District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit and ruled that the Fair Sentencing Act applied retroactively to the defendant. By doing so, the Court found that the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and mandatory sentencing provision were inapplicable and sentenced the defendant to only 41 months in the face of a Guidelines sentencing range of 262-327 months.

Health Care

  • Represented respondent pharmacist, who was employed at a national chain pharmacy, show pharmacist license was summarily suspended by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection after complaints alleging the pharmacist committed numerous prescription dispensing errors. After a full-blown contested hearing under the Connecticut Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, the Connecticut Commission on Pharmacy unanimously overturned the summary suspension and reinstated the pharmacist’s pharmacy license. 
  • Represented a pain management physician prosecuted for two counts of manslaughter and 24 counts of illegally dispensing narcotic drugs.  The client was facing a maximum of 291 years' imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum of five years, and $887,000 in fines.  After two years of protracted discovery and hearings, both manslaughter counts and 22 of the 24 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances were dismissed, and client received a suspended sentence with no jail time, probation only, and a fine of $20,000.
  • Represented a Licensed Social Worker in a favorable Civil False Claims Act global settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG-HHS); the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General and Connecticut Department of Social Services.
  • Represented a Connecticut skilled nursing facility investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office for violating the False Claims Act.  This was a precedent setting case of first impression in Connecticut involving allegations of violating the HHS-OIG Exclusions Database and resulted in a civil settlement agreement in which the facility did not admit liability.
  • Represented a skilled nursing home officer in a high- profile criminal fraud investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulting in no criminal or civil charges being brought.
  • Represented a medical professional in a qui tam whistleblower financial fraud investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office pertaining to federal grants resulting in a favorable civil settlement.
  • Represented a pharmacy owner-manager in a federal criminal jury trial in the U.S. District Court; client was charged with illegally dispensing pain management controlled substances, which resulted in a sentence of probation only, with no jail time; reinstatement of pharmacist license and pharmacy manager status.
  • Represented a Connecticut pharmacist in a federal criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida involving allegations of shipping out-of-state misbranded drugs.
  • Represented pharmacists before the Pharmacy Commission, including cases involving pain management and off-label dispensing issues resulting in reinstatement of pharmacists’ licenses.
  • Represented physicians in Department of Public Health and Connecticut Medical Examining Board license enforcement, suspension and revocation matters, involving professional misconduct and criminal conduct.

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association - Criminal Justice Section, chair and executive committee member; Health Law, Federal Practice, Construction Law Sections, secretary & executive committee member
  • American Health Lawyers Association - Fraud and Abuse Practice Group
  • Hartford County Bar Association - board of directors; Criminal Law Commitee, co-chair
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Connecticut Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association - Health Law, Construction Industry and Litigation Sections
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Criminal Justice Act Panel

Community Involvement

  • Cheshire Board of Education - past vice chair, member
  • Cheshire Education Foundation - past president, chairman

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2011 in the areas of criminal defense, business litigation and construction litigation