Assaf Z. Ben-Atar is an associate in the Litigation Department. He practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, including business disputes, insurance coverage, real estate and land use litigation, municipal law, community associations, white collar criminal defense and health care.
As a trial lawyer, Assaf's cases often involve claims for breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, tortious interference with contractual relations, zoning appeals, Freedom of Information Act violations, unfair trade practices and lien foreclosures. Assaf also represents Connecticut's largest healthcare provider in proceedings that involve conservator, involuntary commitment, and electroconvulsive therapy treatment applications.
Assaf serves on Pullman & Comley's Diversity and Technology committees. He also leads the Firm's internal pro bono initiative to represent Holocaust survivors applying for compensation from the German government for work performed while living in the Nazi ghettos during World War II.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Assaf served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Joan G. Margolis, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Connecticut.
- Successfully represented hedge fund president in both criminal and civil investigations for securities and wire fraud
- Successfully represented a local bank in foreclosure of a multi-million dollar construction mortgage
- Successfully obtained jurisdictional dismissal of a federal action on behalf of an international transportation logistics provider
- Successfully obtained appellate reversal of a Freedom of Information Commission administrative decision
- Conducted an internal investigation into HIPAA violations at medical practice whose former employee stole office computer equipment
- Counseled municipal departments and officials on the Freedom of Information Act, land use regulations and other statutory mandates
- Collected hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of municipalities and community associations across Connecticut
- Counseled client in connection with a third party claim to the client's Swiss Bank Holocaust Fund class action proceeds, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client
- American Bar Association - Litigation, Tort Trial Insurance and Young Lawyers sections
- Connecticut Bar Association - Litigation, Insurance Coverage section - secretary, executive board; Young Lawyers section
- Fairfield County Bar Association - Litigation, Young Lawyers, and Insurance Coverage sections
- WESFACCA - Insurance and Young Lawyers sections
- Young Insurance Professionals (Connecticut Chapter) - secretary, executive board
- Star, Inc. Lighting the Way - Executive Committee, board member, 2012-2015
- Leadership Greater Bridgeport - 2013 class representative to the Board of Directors
- Brandeis University Fairfield/Westchester County Alumni Group - board member
Honors & Awards
- Recipient of the Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award for 2014
- Recipient of the 2014 Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" award
- 2010 Recipient of Fordham University School of Law's Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, cum laude