Steve Stafstrom combines a distinctive skill set of litigation talent with significant diplomatic ability to resolve complex legal challenges for his clients. As a Member in the firm’s Litigation Department, Steve practices in the areas of commercial and business, banking, securities, real estate, land use, and environmental litigation.
Steve's practice includes representation of businesses and individuals before state and federal courts and arbitration and mediation boards in matters involving contract disputes, unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, employment disputes, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate veil piercing. He also represents investment advisors, broker-dealers, institutional investors and high net worth individual investors in private suits and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and mediations. Additionally, he handles zoning and land use matters before Connecticut municipal agencies and appeals in Superior Court.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Steve was a summer associate at the firm. He currently serves on its Recruiting Committee and as coordinator of the Litigation Department’s continuing legal education programs.
In addition to his practice at the firm, Steve is a member of the Connecticut General Assembly representing the 129th Assembly District (Bridgeport). In that role, Representative Stafstrom serves as House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, and Planning and Development Committees. He has authored and help pass many significant pieces of legislation affecting the Connecticut business community, including the business corporations act, the limited liability company act, the veil piercing statute, the special motion to dismiss statute, workplace protections, and changes to CUTPA, as well as working on criminal justice reform and immigration issues.
Steve is routinely quoted in media reports on cutting edge Connecticut legal issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars and legal education programs.
Commercial and business disputes:
- Defended university in unfair competition and trade secrets dispute
- Represented independent power producer in connection with insurance coverage litigation associated with a construction accident that involved multiple injuries, deaths and property damage
- Defended real estate development company in a $22 million veil piercing, successor liability and fraudulent transfer case
- Defended shareholder derivative action and member dispute involving holding company for skilled nursing facility
- Represented chemical processing company in a multi-state federal breach of contract action
- Negotiate (and litigate where necessary) contract disputes between businesses and customers, supplies, consultants and agents
Real estate, environmental and land use litigation:
- Represented community association in land use appeal
- Represented solar farm developer in stormwater runoff litigation
- Negotiated resolution to easement dispute between neighboring condominium associations
- Defended many landlords and condominium associations in Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) fair housing matters
- Commercial landlord/tenant disputes
Securities and banking:
- Represented leading college in FINRA arbitration and recovered nearly 100 percent of losses incurred as a result of brokers failure to make trades of stock in accordance with long-standing agreement
- Secured dismissal of case for financial advisor in lawsuit brought by individual who claimed significant losses with the market crash and that her account opening agreement was a contract of adhesion
- Defended broker dealer in FINRA arbitration claiming losses during the market downturn where panel rejected bulk of claims and limited its award to out-of-pocket costs
- American Bar Association - Litigation Section, Securities Litigation Committee
- Connecticut Bar Association - Litigation Section; Federal Practice Section; former member, Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee
- Federal Bar Council
- Raymond E. Baldwin Inn of Court
- Greater Bridgeport Bar Association - past-chair, Young Lawyers Section
- City of Bridgeport - former member, City Council; member, Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Board of Directors
- Fairfield University - former vice-president, Alumni Association; alumni representative, Board of Trustees academic affairs and prep school committees
- Bridgeport Regional Business Council - Graduate of Class of 20 of the Leadership Greater Bridgeport Program and current member, board of directors
- Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church - Trustee
- Alpha Community Services YMCA - former vice chair, board of managers
- City Lights Gallery - past president
Honors & Awards
- Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "2015 New Leaders of the Law" award
- Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list since 2013 in the area of business litigation
- Recipient of the Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award for 2014
- Recipient of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council "Legislator of the Year" award, 2016