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Christopher P. McCormack

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Bridgeport Office
850 Main Street
P.O. Box 7006
Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
p 203.330.2016
f 203.576.8888
Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Clerkships
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, U.S. Circuit Judge for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 1987-1988
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987; writing and research editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, M.A., 1981; Pi Kappa Lambda
  • Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1978 

Christopher P. McCormack serves his clients as counselor and advocate in environmental law, environmental litigation, and complex commercial litigation. 

Clients rely on Chris to overcome complex environmental challenges that arise in corporate and real estate transactions. Drawing on a wide range of experience and deep familiarity with environmental law, regulation and policy, he works with clients and consultants to find creative solutions to assessment, remediation, compliance, brownfield, environmental insurance and Transfer Act issues. His perspective is informed by his litigation experience representing clients in state and federal proceedings involving environmental cost recovery and insurance coverage disputes, including complex multi-party remediation liability cases and lead counsel responsibility for Superfund site coalitions, as well as his active practice in complex commercial litigation. 

Chris’s leadership positions include the Chair of the Environmental Section of the Connecticut Bar Associations. He has also served as member and Membership Secretary of ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment and Risk Management, chairing the ASTM Task Group that revised ASTM Standard E1903-11 on Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, and participating in revision of the industry-standard practice for Phase I site assessments. He has written and lectured extensively on environmental site assessment issues.

Before joining Pullman & Comley, Chris was a partner at Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, LLP, and chair of its Environmental Practice Group.

Representative Experience

Environmental Law - Litigation and Administrative Proceedings
  • Lead litigation counsel for members of Superfund site coalition on contribution claims against numerous corporate and municipal defendants
  • Representation of automobile dealers in environmental cost recovery actions by neighboring property owners
  • Representation of publicly traded company in connection with contaminated urban site, including negotiation of consent order for site investigation and remediation, defense of third-party environmental liability claims and assistance with reuse options
  • Litigation with environmental consulting firms, as plaintiff and as defendant, on contract and professional liability claims arising out of investigation and remediation of contaminated sites
  • Defense of insurance coverage claims by petroleum retailer for multiple Connecticut sites with underground storage tanks and gasoline releases
  • Environmental insurance coverage: defense and prosecution of coverage claims
Environmental Law – Counseling and Transactional Due Diligence Support
  • Environmental due diligence support for numerous corporate and real estate transactions, including business operations subject to environmental regulation and brownfields properties including Connecticut Transfer Act sites
  • Transfer Act negotiation and compliance for numerous corporate and real estate transactions, including allocation of responsibility for Transfer Act certification, clarification of “establishment” status, and options for structuring transaction to conform to “transfer” exceptions
  • Counseling of publicly traded clients on securities disclosure and accounting treatment of contingent environmental liabilities
  • Environmental due diligence support for transaction involving sale of business assets in multiple states, including coordination with site investigations, regulatory agency file review and compliance evaluation
  • Environmental insurance coverage: negotiation with brokers and underwriters for insurance products to serve as components of transactional risk allocation framework; counseling and representation of clients in obtaining coverage to manage transactional risk
  • Post-closing administration of environmental escrows and ongoing investigation and remediation tasks
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Prosecution and defense of numerous commercial litigation matters involving contract and business loss claims, commercial torts and unfair trade practices for clients in manufacturing, computer equipment, insurance and professional services sectors
  • Representation of physicians in litigation over breakup of large medical specialty practice group
  • Representation of seller in corporate asset transaction in litigation over post-closing adjustments and related contract, business tort and unfair trade practices claims
  • Representation of publicly traded utility client in litigation and appeal of personal property tax dispute involving power of municipal assessors to retroactively revalue property
  • Representation of professional services provider in litigation in Connecticut and Texas to obtain payment of fees for services on breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices claims
  • Representation of publicly traded company and subsidiary in litigation and related proceedings involving disputes in connection with contract for operation of publicly owned treatment works

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association – Chair and legislative liaison; Environmental Law Section
  • American Bar Association - vice chair, Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee; Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
  • ASTM International - Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment Standards - membership secretary; Task Group for Revision of the E1903 Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Standard - task group chair

Community Involvement

  • Housatonic Community College Foundation - president
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fairfield, CT - vestry member (2008-2011)

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of environmental law since 2003
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Businesses in the area of environmental law
  • Selected to Super Lawyers since 2006 in the areas of environmental litigation, business litigation and environmental
  • James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Winner of the "2013 Distinguished Legal Writing Award" granted on behalf of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in association with the Library of Congress
  • "Award of Appreciation" from ASTM Committee E50 in November 2011 for Phase II Revision Task Group leadership
  • Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV)