Christopher P. McCormack serves his clients as counselor and advocate in environmental law, environmental litigation, and complex commercial litigation.

Clients rely on Chris to overcome complex environmental challenges in corporate and real estate transactions. Drawing on a wide range of experience and deep familiarity with environmental law, regulation and policy, he works with clients and consultants to find creative solutions to assessment, remediation, compliance, brownfield, environmental insurance and Transfer Act issues. His perspective is informed by his litigation experience representing clients in state and federal proceedings involving environmental cost recovery and insurance coverage disputes, including complex multi-party remediation liability cases and lead counsel responsibility for Superfund site coalitions, as well as his active practice in complex commercial litigation. 

Chris served as Chair of the Environmental Section of the Connecticut Bar Association from 2015 to 2017 and is the Section's Legislative Liaison. He has served as member and Membership Secretary of ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment and Risk Management, and chairs the Task Group for ASTM Standard E1903-11 on Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. He also participated in revision of ASTM's industry-standard practice for Phase I site assessments. Chris has written and lectured extensively on environmental site assessment issues.

Before joining Pullman & Comley, Chris was a partner at Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, LLP, and chair of its Environmental Practice Group.

Contact Info

  • Bridgeport
    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
  • Professional Affiliations

    Connecticut Bar Association, Environmental Law Section - chair, 2015-2017; legislative liaison

    Fairfield County Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee - chair, 2018 - present

    American Bar Association - Environment, Energy, and Resources Section

    ASTM International, Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment Standards - membership secretary, 2010-2015; Task Group for E1903 Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Standard, chair

    Community Involvement

    Trumbull Conservation Commission - member (2017 - present)

    Housatonic Community College Foundation - President (2013 - 2018)

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fairfield, CT - vestry member (2008-2011)

    Norwalk Symphony Orchestra - Board of Governors (2017- present; Vice President 2019)

    Honors & Recognitions

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of environmental law since 2003

    Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Businesses in the area of environmental law

    Selected to Super Lawyers since 2006 in the areas of environmental litigation, business litigation and environmental

    James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

    Winner of the "2013 Distinguished Legal Writing Award" granted on behalf of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in association with the Library of Congress

    "Award of Appreciation" from ASTM Committee E50 in November 2011 for Phase II Revision Task Group leadership

    Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV) 


    Environmental Law - Litigation and Administrative Proceedings
    • Lead litigation counsel for members of Superfund site coalition on contribution claims against numerous corporate and municipal defendants
    • Representation of automobile dealers in environmental cost recovery actions by neighboring property owners
    • Representation of publicly traded company in connection with contaminated urban site, including negotiation of consent order for site investigation and remediation, defense of third-party environmental liability claims and assistance with reuse options
    • Representation of municipal client in connection with state and federal (US Army Corps of Engineers) notices of violation concerning tidal wetland activities
    • Litigation with environmental consulting firms, as plaintiff and as defendant, on contract and professional liability claims arising out of investigation and remediation of contaminated sites
    • Representation of contract operator of publicly-owned wastewater treatment facility in litigation matters including odor control, disposal site liability, and business practices
    • Defense of insurance coverage claims by petroleum retailer for multiple Connecticut sites with underground storage tanks and gasoline releases
    • Environmental insurance coverage: defense and prosecution of coverage claims
    Environmental Law – Counseling and Transactional Due Diligence Support
    • Environmental due diligence support for numerous corporate and real estate transactions, including business operations subject to environmental regulation,  brownfields properties and Connecticut Transfer Act sites
    • Transfer Act negotiation and compliance for numerous corporate and real estate transactions, including allocation of responsibility for Transfer Act certification, clarification of “establishment” status, and options for structuring transaction to conform to “transfer” exceptions
    • Counseling of publicly traded clients on securities disclosure and accounting treatment of contingent environmental liabilities
    • Environmental due diligence support for transaction involving sale of business assets in multiple states, including coordination with site investigations, regulatory agency file review and compliance evaluation
    • Environmental insurance coverage: negotiation with brokers and underwriters for insurance products to serve as components of transactional risk allocation framework; counseling and representation of clients in obtaining coverage to manage transactional risk
    • Post-closing administration of environmental escrows and ongoing investigation and remediation tasks
    Complex Commercial Litigation
    • Prosecution and defense of numerous commercial litigation matters involving contract and business loss claims, commercial torts and unfair trade practices for clients in manufacturing, computer equipment, insurance and professional services sectors
    • Representation of physicians in litigation over breakup of large medical specialty practice group
    • Representation of seller in corporate asset transaction in litigation over post-closing adjustments and related contract, business tort and unfair trade practices claims
    • Representation of publicly traded utility client in litigation and appeal of personal property tax dispute involving power of municipal assessors to retroactively revalue property
    • Representation of professional services provider in litigation in Connecticut and Texas to obtain payment of fees for services on breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices claims
    • Representation of publicly traded company and subsidiary in litigation and related proceedings involving disputes in connection with contract for operation of publicly owned treatment works

    News & Insights


    Case Studies

    • Pullman & Comley has taken the lead in proposing innovative legislation to form a state-certified brownfield land bank that creates a valuable new tool for municipalities seeking to remediate and redevelop brownfield sites.

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
    • U.S. Supreme Court


    • Law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, U.S. Circuit Judge for the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 1987-1988


    Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987; writing and research editor, Fordham Law Review

    Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, M.A., 1981; Pi Kappa Lambda

    Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1978 

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