Press Release08.20.2020

Thirty-seven Pullman & Comley Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America© 

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., August 20, 2020: Thirty attorneys from Pullman & Comley, LLC, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020, the law firm reported today, including three named “Lawyer of the Year.”  An additional seven attorneys were added to The Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” list which recognizes attorneys who are earlier in their careers and have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence.

The Pullman & Comley attorneys included in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America include the following, listed with their cited practice areas:  Michael J. Andreana, Public Finance Law; David P. Atkins, Bet-the-Company-Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law and Legal Malpractice Law; Elizabeth J. Austin, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Campbell D. Barrett, Family Law; Deborah S. Breck, Trusts and Estates; Frank B. Cleary, Public Finance Law; Judge Anne C. Dranginis (Ret.), Family Law and Appellate Practice; Geoffrey F. Fay, Real Estate Law; Monte E. Frank, Commercial Litigation; Eliot B. Gersten, Commercial Litigation; Andrew C. Glassman, Corporate Governance, Corporate Compliance, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Irve Goldman, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganizational Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy; Nancy A. D. Hancock, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment; Lee D. Hoffman, Environmental Law, Energy Law and Energy Regulatory Law; Judge Robert L. Holzberg (Ret.), Arbitration and Mediation; Frederic L. Klein, Energy Law and Water Law;  Judge Lynda B. Munro (Ret.), Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, Family Law Mediation; Gary B. O’Connor, Litigation – Real Estate and Real Estate Law; Jonathan B. Orleans, Litigation – Labor and Employment and Employment Law – Management; Alan S. Parker, Trusts and Estates; Michael G. Proctor, Real Estate Law; Richard C. Robinson, Litigation – Construction; Stephen M. Sedor, Education Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment; Gregory F. Servodidio, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; James T. Shearin, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Securities; John F. Stafstrom, Public Finance Law; James B. Stewart, Trusts and Estates; Marcy Tench Stovall, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; and Diane W. Whitney, Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law.

Three Pullman & Comley attorneys received the additional honor of being named “Lawyer of the Year” in their practice and geographic market, a recognition given to only a single lawyer in each category. These attorneys include: Judge Anne C. Dranginis (Ret.), Appellate Practice, Stamford; Nancy A. D. Hancock, Business Organizations (including LLC and Partnerships), Stamford; and Judge Robert L. Holzberg (Ret.), Arbitration, Hartford.

Additionally, seven Pullman & Comley attorneys have been recognized in the inaugural edition of “Ones to Watch.” Attorneys selected for this award have typically been in practice for five-nine years and go through the same methodology as Best Lawyers, including nomination, peer review, analysis of feedback and eligibility check.  Pullman & Comley associates named to the 2021 “Ones to Watch” list include Johanna S. Katz, Thomas S. Lambert, Amy E. Murray, Kelly F. O’Donnell, Erick A. Russell, Daniel P. Scholfield and Zachary T. Zeid.

About Pullman & Comley:  Pullman & Comley celebrated its centennial 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; government finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation; property tax and valuation; real estate, land use and environmental; and trusts and estates. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, and Westport, Connecticut; White Plains, New York; and Springfield, Massachusetts. The firm is an active member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms. For more information, please visit

About The Best Lawyers in America:  For more than three decades, Best Lawyers publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. The lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers peer-reviewed listings are now published in almost 75 countries around the world, and its presence has grown substantially in the international legal community. The 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2021) includes more than 65,000 attorneys in 147 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 8 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. For additional information on Best Lawyers, please visit:

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