Supporting a University's Growth Through Continued Innovation

Sacred Heart University

“As General Counsel, I have the privilege of choosing whatever legal counsel in Connecticut I wish.  I always opt for some of the best legal talent, which is why I choose Pullman & Comley. I consider them to be among the best attorneys in the state with substantial depth of experience, resources and intellectual strength. They make my job rewarding.” - Michael Larobina, General Counsel, Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963.  For the first 25 years of its existence it was largely a commuter school serving mostly Connecticut students.  But that changed in 2010 when it undertook a meteoric expansion of its curriculum offerings, student enrollment and campus footprint. 

Over the last 20 years it has quadrupled its student population and doubled the size of its campus, and has become an educational leader in such things as STEM and healthcare disciplines.  In  2017, Sacred Heart acquired the former General Electric headquarters and has redeveloped it as its West Campus, becoming an educational leader in the STEM and healthcare disciplines.  It is now the second largest Catholic University in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the country. 

Throughout the university’s transformation, it has called upon Pullman attorneys to provide guidance on many of the legal issues it has faced.  These have included critical real estate and environmental matters encountered with its geographical expansion; personnel and employee benefit questions arising with a growing employee base; litigation disputes, including defending tuition clawback bankruptcy claims, and, helping the University realize the economic benefits of its varied revenue services such as its golf course and radio station and towers. 

Our attorneys look forward to our continued partnership with the university’s leadership to support its remarkable growth, changing student demographics, continued innovation and the attention it gives each student to ensure his or her success.

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