The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group at Pullman & Comley offers mediation and arbitration services in complex civil matters in state and federal court, including commercial, construction, employment, environmental, health care, insurance, personal injury and probate disputes. In addition, the ADR practice offers services in all family and matrimonial matters including financial, custody and parenting disputes.
In recent years, the number of cases referred to ADR processes has grown exponentially, as parties to conflicts seek to reach mutually agreeable settlements while avoiding expensive, public and time-consuming administrative and court proceedings. The two most common methods of ADR are mediation and arbitration.
Pullman & Comley’s ADR practice is led by Retired Judge Robert L. Holzberg, who served as a Connecticut Superior Court judge for more than 20 years before retiring from the bench in September, 2012. While on the bench he served as the presiding judge for civil matters in the Middlesex, New Britain and Waterbury judicial districts, and most recently served as the Administrative Judge and Presiding Judge-Civil for Middlesex Judicial District. During his career, he earned a reputation for his skill in crafting settlements in some of Connecticut's highest profile and complex cases and became one of the state's most sought-after mediators.
In October, 2014 the Firm welcomed Lynda B. Munro, Retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge as a member of the practice after 20 years of distinguished service on the bench. Judge Munro served as Chief Administrative Judge for Family Matters from 2008-2013, Presiding Judge of the Regional Family Trial Docket for seven years and most recently as Presiding Judge for the Family Division of the New Haven Superior Court. She is as a mediator, arbitrator, discovery master and private judge in financial custody and parenting disputes involving families and children, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Anne C. Dranginis, Retired Connecticut Appellate Court Judge, joined the Firm as a member in fall 2016. She retired in January 2006 as an Associate Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court after serving for more than 21 years on the Superior and Appellate Court bench. As a member in the Family Law Practice, Judge Dranginis focuses on litigation matters involving matrimonial law, corporate compliance and governance, trial strategy, arbitration and mediation, with a particular focus in appellate mediation.
Michael E. Riley, Retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge, also joined the Firm in May, 2017 after 13 years of service as a Superior Court Judge. As a member of the bench, he served as the Administrative Judge and as Presiding Judge for civil matters in the Judicial District of Windham and most recently as the mediation judge in the Hartford Judicial District Mediation Center. Retired Judge Riley serves as a mediator and arbitrator in state and federal court civil matters.
Other members of the ADR practice include American Arbitration Association (AAA)-qualified attorneys Andrew C. Glassman, Ronald C. Sharp and H. William Shure, who handle both mediation and arbitration, and James T. Shearin, who handles private mediation cases.
In 2016, Judge Munro and Judge Holzberg were voted "The Best" Individual Mediator and Arbitrator by the readers of the Connecticut Law Tribune. The Mediation Practice was also ranked by Best Lawyers "2017 Best Law Firms" in the highest tier of mediation practices in the Hartford metropolitan area.