Press Release01.03.2024

Pullman & Comley Welcomes Hon. John D. Moore (Ret.) to the Firm

HARTFORD, CT, January 3, 2024 – Pullman & Comley, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Judge John D. Moore (Ret.) to the firm as a Member in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice. Judge Moore’s focus will be on the mediation and arbitration of civil disputes, particularly in the areas of personal injury, property damage, professional liability, attorney fee disputes, environmental issues, toxic tort and insurance coverage. He will also handle family disputes, including both pre- and post-dissolution matters involving property distribution and child custody. He will be based in the firm’s Hartford office.

”We are delighted to welcome Judge Moore to our ADR team,” said Robert L. Holzberg, chair of Pullman’s ADR practice and retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge. “J.D. brings a wealth of experience, wisdom and skill in mediating and arbitrating complex civil and family matters. In every step of his distinguished career, he has earned the respect of members of the bar, clients and insurance company executives. His background in personal injury, toxic torts, environmental and insurance coverage disputes complements the skill and expertise of our ADR practitioners who in combination have more than 75 years of judicial experience.”

Judge Moore retired from the bench in December 2023, after nearly ten years of service where his focus was on civil and family matters. From 2019 through 2023, Judge Moore served as the Administrative Judge and the Presiding Judge of Civil and Family matters in the Judicial District of Litchfield. Before that, his judicial experience included one year sitting as a civil judge in the Judicial District of New Britain, and four years in the Judicial District of Litchfield mainly as a civil and family judge. During his time on the bench, he resolved hundreds of diverse civil and family matters at settlement conferences or mediations. He also served on the Civil Jury Instructions Committee and was selected to instruct his colleagues on civil damages, insurance coverage and mediation at the annual Judges’ Institute.

Prior to the bench, Judge Moore’s experience includes 24 years at the Travelers Specialty Liability Group (now known as the Strategic Resolution Group), more than ten of which were spent as the group’s Associate General Counsel. At Travelers, he actively managed complex litigation brought either against the company’s policyholders or against the company itself and developed extensive expertise in the negotiation of major asbestos bankruptcy settlements, as well as in the drafting of agreements pertaining to alleged and incomplete insurance policies, cost-sharing among multiple stakeholders, and named insured and successor issues. His prior experience includes serving as a trial attorney for six years at another Connecticut law firm, handling negligence, product liability and legal malpractice cases.

Judge Moore is well known in the legal community and has held leadership positions in the Connecticut Bar Association. For 24 years, he served on its Professional Ethics Committee, chairing sub-committees on attorney advertising and revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as fielding and responding to inquiries posed to the Committee by members of the bar and the general public. He also taught Legal Ethics at the University of Connecticut School of Law as an adjunct instructor in 1991 and 1995. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University and his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

About the ADR Practice at Pullman & Comley

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice 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, as well as in family law matters. 

Pullman & Comley’s ADR practice group has received regional and national recognition for its expertise and success in assisting counsel and their clients in resolving high value, complex multi-party disputes.  Drawing on its roster of four retired judges as well as AAA-approved attorneys with significant litigation and transactional experience the ADR group has broad and sophisticated subject matter expertise in a wide range of civil disputes.  For more information visit

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