Press Release06.07.2024

Chambers 2024 Recognizes Pullman & Comley Attorneys and Practice Areas

BRIDGEPORT, CT, June 7, 2024: The law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC earned six practice area rankings in this year’s Chambers USA, a leading business guide to the legal profession recognized worldwide for its detailed research and review process.

In addition, 10 of the firm’s individual attorneys were recognized in the 2024 guide: nine within the Connecticut practice listings and Judge Robert L. Holzberg (Ret.) in the national category for mediators for the third consecutive year.

The ten individual attorneys recognized include David P. Atkins (Litigation: General Commercial); Stephen M. Cowherd (Healthcare); Andrew C. Glassman (Corporate/M&A); Nancy A. D. Hancock (Corporate/M&A); Joshua Hawks-Ladds (Labor & Employment); Lee D. Hoffman (Environment); Judge Robert L. Holzberg (Ret.) (Mediators — USA); Gary B. O’Connor (Environment); Jonathan B. Orleans (Labor & Employment); and James T. Shearin (Litigation: General Commercial).

Judge Holzberg’s ranking is particularly notable because he is one of just 49 mediators selected in this category nationwide. “He is comfortable in any setting and good at putting clients and counsel at ease,” says one client to Chambers about Judge Holzberg. “He's creative in his approach, committed to resolution and regularly follows up.” Says another client: “Judge Holzberg is a mediation savant.”

For 2024, the firm was recognized in six practice areas recognized in Connecticut including: Corporate/M&A, Litigation: General Commercial, Environment, Healthcare, Labor & Employment and Real Estate.

  • The Corporate/M&A practice was noted for advising companies on a broad range of business law needs, including notably advising on M&A and project finance. It was also recognized for highly skilled representation of emerging companies, alongside its advice to venture capitalists and private equity funds.
  • Areas within the Commercial Litigation practice that were highlighted include cases in state and federal courts, creditors' rights, bankruptcy and financial restructurings, construction litigation and professional malpractice litigation.
  • For the seventh straight year, the firm’s Environmental practice was ranked in Band 1 and praised for its strong performance across a range of matters including brownfield remediations and enforcement defense, in addition to its particular experience advising on large-scale renewable energy projects, such as solar power plants, and relationships with developers.
  • The Healthcare practice was recognized for its extensive experience handling complex transactions in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, which includes advising on acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as negotiating hospital affiliation agreements. The practice was also acknowledged for its governmental audits and regulatory compliance proficiency.
  • The firm’s Labor & Employment practice was described as having strength and depth across the labor and employment space, handling a variety of contentious and noncontentious matters for a range of public and private sector clients, including education and local government sectors.
  • The Real Estate practice was noted for advising financial institutions, real estate companies and state and municipal agencies, handling sophisticated financing transactions and lease negotiations, and frequently representing both landlords and tenants in lease negotiations. The team was praised for being well-versed in land use law, such as site planning, brownfield redevelopments and wetlands approval.

Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across all the United States and its rankings are assessed by their experienced team of Chambers researchers. To read more about Chambers, the firm and individual rankings, please access the Chambers site by visiting

About Pullman & Comley

Pullman & Comley is one of Connecticut’s largest law firms and, for more than 100 years, has provided 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; public finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation; property tax and valuation; real estate, energy, environmental and land use; and trusts and estates. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford and Westport, Connecticut; White Plains, New York; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Wakefield, Rhode Island. 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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