As Chair of the Diversity Committee, I strive to ensure that our actions consistently and continually emulate our inclusive nature as a firm.   As a gay woman, I now know that I could not have landed at a more accepting firm.  Our Diversity Committee has two overriding goals. One is to celebrate Pullman & Comley’s concrete commitment to an accepting, supportive and understanding organization. The second is to foster an environment that supports diversity by working with our clients, and attracting new clients, that consider inclusivity and diversity a key component to their businesses.” -Jessica Grossarth

Diversity and Inclusion at Pullman & Comley

Pullman & Comley views diversity as a core value of our firm that informs and influences our office culture, our professional and personal relationships, and strengthens our approach to problem solving.  Our objective is to create and maintain diversity in our workplace.  We seek to foster understanding, acceptance and inclusiveness for the breadth of diversity that exists in our firm and the communities in which we live, including racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious and economic diversity. We also respect and support our clients’ activities that further a commitment to diversity in each of these areas.   Pullman & Comley strives to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society, enriching us with multiple perspectives and experiences that enhance both our strategies for our clients and our contributions to the legal profession and the greater community.

Guiding Principles of Diversity at Pullman & Comley

Pullman & Comley embraces the following guiding principles of diversity:

  • Ensure that all firm employees are treated with respect, dignity, civility and professionalism.
  • Provide equal and equitable opportunity to each professional to maximize skill development and professional ability.
  • Foster a firm culture that is welcoming and inclusive of all diverse people.
  • Provide positive leadership within the legal profession and the greater community with regard to diversity issues.
  • Value individual differences and recognize that these differences assist in achieving business goals. 

Diversity Committee’s Mission Statement

The firm's Diversity Committee promotes and ensures Pullman & Comley’s strong commitment to providing equal opportunities in employment, promotion and retention to all qualified persons on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. The Diversity Committee coordinates its activities with the Recruiting Committee and the Associate Orientation Committee to ensure that applicants are considered, and that all employees are treated during employment, without discrimination related to race, religion, color, ancestry, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status or gender identity and expression.

The Diversity Committee also addresses barriers to recruiting a diverse workforce and actively supports programs that develop dialogue about diversity in the law. 

Our commitment to diversity includes:

  • A dynamic Diversity Committee that contributes to and actively participates in organizations that promote diversity and advocate for the protection of diversity in the workplace.  The Diversity Committee also organizes internal “Lunch and Learn” sessions to educate the firm’s members on diversity topics and organizes an annual firm-wide “Day of Service” to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King.
  •  Longtime membership in the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD), an association of law firms, government agencies, law schools and corporate members committed to increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of lawyers of color, not only as good social policy, but also as an exemplary business practice.  The firm was a founding member of the LCD, and Lee Hoffman, a member of Pullman & Comley’s  Executive Committee is a member of the LCD’s Board of Directors. Jessica Grossarth will join LCD’s Board of Directors for the 2015 and 2016 term in an LGBT liaison role.
  • A proud sponsor of several affinity bar associations, with many of our attorneys taking leadership roles within the following organizations:

                                                    Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
                                              George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
                                                      Pacific-Asian Bar Association
                                                      South Asian Bar Association
                                           Connecticut Italian-American Bar Association

  • An annual “Celebrating Diversity” networking event which provides an opportunity for business owners to exchange ideas and develop relationships with other business owners, community leaders and non-profit representatives in the Greater Bridgeport Community.
  • Active membership in the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, including a commitment to providing bimonthly seminars to its members.
  • Consistent support of the New Haven County Bar Association (NHCBA), which since the 1920s has promoted diversity among its members.  Robert C. Hinton is NHCBA’s immediate past president and serves on its Executive Committee.
  • Providing diversity training to educate employees about their rights and responsibilities for creating an inclusive workplace culture.

Diversity Committee Members

You are invited to contact a Diversity Committee member or email diversity@pullcom.com for more information.  We look forward to hearing from you.  The members of the Diversity Committee are: