Irve J. Goldman has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy law and commercial litigation for more than 30 years, and serves as chair of Pullman & Comley's Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Financial Restructuring practice. In 1993, Irve was the first attorney in Connecticut to become a certified specialist in business bankruptcy and has represented a diversity of interests in bankruptcy proceedings, including companies reorganizing under Chapter 11, secured creditors, equipment lessors, franchisees, landlords and other creditor groups and asset purchasers in 363 sales.
He has represented companies in reorganization proceedings ranging in size from large retail businesses to smaller-sized concerns such as a marina in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, a regional hardware chain, vintage car company and a cross section of other businesses and individuals. He also has served as a Chapter 11 Trustee, as well as represented Chapter 11 trustees in various bankruptcy cases.
A frequent author on topical bankruptcy issues, Irve has published articles in the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal dealing with standing issues in bankruptcy, prejudgment asset-freeze injunctions and executory contracts; in the Connecticut Bar Journal on the status of lien stripping under bankruptcy law; and in the Quinnipiac Law Review’s annual summary of decisions from the Second Circuit.
In addition to his bankruptcy experience, Irve has handled a wide variety of commercial disputes in both state and federal court, including actions involving civil RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, other business torts and debtor-creditor issues.
Connecticut Bar Association - Executive Committee, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
Fairfield County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
American Bankruptcy Institute, Business Bankruptcy and Asset Sale Committees
American Board of Certification, Business Bankruptcy
Honors & Recognitions
Named Stamford "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganizational Law in 2022
Named a Moffly Media Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, 2021 - Bankruptcy and Workout
Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2006 in the areas of bankruptcy and business litigation
Has received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV) for consecutive years since 2000
Listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganizational Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy since 2021
- Represented debtor corporations in Chapter 11 cases including Alliance Limosine, WOW Fitness Clubs, Dragone Classic Motor Cars, J. Silver, SC Corporation, Wigs by Paula, Service America Corporation, and Antonovich Furs
- Represented secured lenders in Chapter 11 cases of Kasden Fuel Company, Craftsman Press, Derecktor Shipyards and George Guidera
- Represented landlords in Chapter 11 cases of Mill River Foundation, Sage Crest II LLC, Waterworks Holding Corporation and Laurel Nursing Home
- Represented the Town of Ridgefield in the Chapter 11 case of its school bus transportation company
- Represented creditors' committees in SND Electronics, The Jewish Home for the Aged and Atrium Health Care
- Represented both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy litigation concerning claims objections, non-dischargeability proceedings, injunction proceedings, preferences, fraudulent transfers, involuntary petitions, executory contracts and leases and confirmation proceedings
- Successfully concluded asset sales in a number of bankruptcy proceedings
News & Insights
- Greenwich, New Canaan/Darien + Rowayton, Stamford, Westport and At Home Magazines, 03.2021
- Irve Goldman Quoted in Hartford Business Journal Article on Fewer CT Businesses Filing for BankruptcyHartford Business Journal, 02.08.2021
- Judge Robert Holzberg (Ret.) and Irve J. Goldman Talk to Hartford Business Journal About COVID-19 Related BusinessHartford Business Journal, 09.21.2020
- Hearst Media - CT Insider, 06.18.2020
- Saint Clements Castle, Portland, CT, 10.14.2021
- Webinar, 12.17.2020
- Governor Lamont Declares Continuing State of Emergency, Extends Executive Emergency Powers Through February 9, 202109.04.2020
- CARES Act Expands Debt Limitations to Allow More Businesses to Qualify for Relief Under the Small Business Reorganization Act03.28.2020
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 03.19.2020
- First Circuit Holds that Parents' Payment of Tuition for an Adult Child Can Be Avoided as a Fraudulent Transfer12.04.2019
Our bankruptcy team successfully transitioned Hebrew HealthCare’s 257 bed nursing facility in West Hartford to a new owner as part of its bankruptcy reorganization process. Hebrew HealthCare and its four affiliates filed for Chapter 11 in August and immediately sought permission from the Bankruptcy Court to sell its skilled nursing facility.
A developing trend in our nation’s bankruptcy courts has been the increase in lawsuits filed or threatened by bankruptcy trustees to recover tuition payments made by a student’s parents when the parents later file for bankruptcy protection. The firm is currently representing two universities in defending these so-called "tuition claw back" suits.
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Third Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 1984, Western New England Law Review
Temple University, B.B.A., 1980