Press Release09.12.2019

Pullman & Comley Announces Six New Associates in 2019

BRIDGEPORT, CT: Pullman & Comley has added six new associates in 2019, the law firm announced today.

They include Thomas S. Lambert, Julie V. Pinette, Nicole M. Riel, Daniel P. Scholfield, Thomas H. Wilkeson and Zachary T. Zeid.

New associates (top left to right): Thomas Wilkeson, Nicole Riel, Thomas Lambert, Zachary Zeid
(bottom) Julie Pinette and Daniel Scholfield

“This has been a year of growth for our firm, and we have made a number of strategic hires to meet client demand,” said James T. “Tim” Shearin, chairman of Pullman & Comley. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year, we are very proud of our growing associate team, which is building a bright future for Pullman.” 

Tom Lambert focuses on civil litigation in both state and federal court.  He has served clients in matters involving complex personal injury and insurance defense, commercial and construction litigation, railroad defense, municipal liability, products liability, and in appellate matters. Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Tom successfully defended numerous cases to their conclusion, regularly resolving matters through dispositive motion practice, including numerous reported decisions and “zero dollar resolutions,” settlement negotiation and mediation, arbitration, trial, and appellate briefing and argument. He received his B.A. from Pepperdine University in 2010 and his J.D. from Wake Forest University in 2013. 

Julie Pinette practices in the firm’s Litigation Department.  Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Julie worked for two well-known Fairfield County law firms practicing in state and federal court representing entities and individuals in the areas of complex commercial and personal injury litigation.  Julie is also experienced in matters involving intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.  She received her B.A. from Smith College in 2011 and her J.D. magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2017. 

Nicole Riel is an attorney in the firm’s Family Law practice. Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Nicole worked for the Connecticut Appellate Court and assisted in the drafting, editing, and researching of written opinions, reviewing trial records and attending oral arguments. She also served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Nina F. Elgo. Nicole received her B.A. from Assumption College in 2015 and her J.D. from Quinnipiac University in 2018, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for the University Probate Law Journal. 

Dan Scholfield practices in the Litigation Department, focusing on civil litigation and appeals, particularly in the areas of business litigation, municipal liability and unfair trade practices and business torts. He also handles appeals involving novel or complicated issues of law and handles cases that require extensive research and writing in order to address complex problems. He has briefed and argued numerous cases to both the Supreme and Appellate Courts of Connecticut and is a contributor to the Connecticut Practice Series—Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts, and Antitrust.  Dan received his B.A. from Saint Anselm College in 2009 and his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2012. 

Tom Wilkeson practices in the firm's Business Organizations and Finance Department. He has previous experience in commercial and residential real estate, condominium creation, entity formation and asset purchase and disposition. Tom received his B.A., summa cum laude, from  North Park University in 2012 and his J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law in 2016, where he also received a Certificate in Taxation. At UConn, he was a member of the Tax Clinic where he helped individuals and families settle tax disputes with the IRS. He was also president of the American Constitution Society and served as editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law. 

Zach Zeid practices in the firm’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department, focusing on counseling businesses, public entities and not-for-profits in labor and employment, human resources administration, pensions and employee benefits.  He is experienced in ERISA law and has assisted clients with matters pertaining to ERISA fiduciary duties, EPCRS corrections, IRS matters and U.S. Department of Labor compliance. Zach received his B.S. from Roanoke College in 2012 and his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2015. 

About Pullman & Comley:

Pullman & Comley celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019 and is one of Connecticut’s largest firms, providing a wide range of legal services to clients in the New England region, as well as throughout the United States and internationally.  Pullman & Comley’s major practice areas include business organizations and finance; environmental and land use; government finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; family law; property tax and  valuation; real estate; regulatory, energy and telecommunications; and trusts and estates.  The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Westport Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; and White Plains, New York.  The firm is an active member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms.  For more information, please visit

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