Steve Stafstrom is a politically experienced commercial lawyer and litigator with a proven track record of helping clients navigate their most complex legal challenges.  As a Member in the firm’s Litigation and Real Estate and Environmental Departments, Steve practices primarily in the areas of commercial and business, banking, securities, real estate, land use, and environmental litigation.  He has also served as outside general counsel for closely-held businesses and as town counsel. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including: cannabis, education, energy, financial services, farming, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing, public sector and real estate.

Steve leads the firm's Real Estate and Environmental Litigation team. He has represented property owners, landlords, commercial tenants, banks, developers, and energy companies in transaction disputes, breach of contract and lease disputes, commercial evictions, discharges of liens and foreclosures, boundary disputes, trespass and nuisance claims, environmental controversies, trespass or nuisance to property claims, including oil spills and stormwater runoff claims.  He also handles zoning and land use matters before Connecticut municipal agencies and appeals in Superior Court.

Steve also has substantial experience in partnership disputes and commercial business disputes, involving the Uniform Commercial Code, contract or tort claims such as unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfers, and corporate veil piercing claims. He also represents investment advisors, broker-dealers, institutional investors and high net worth individual investors in Securities Exchange Act suits and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigations, arbitrations and mediations.

Within the firm, Steve serves as co-chair of the Associate Recruiting Committee.

In addition to his practice at Pullman, Steve is a member of the Connecticut General Assembly representing the 129th Assembly District (Bridgeport). In that role, Representative Stafstrom serves as House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He has authored and help pass many significant pieces of legislation affecting the Connecticut business community, including the business corporations act, the limited liability company act, the veil piercing statute, the special motion to dismiss statute, workplace protections, changes to CUTPA, the legalization of recreational cannabis as well as working on criminal justice reform and immigration issues.

Steve is routinely quoted in media reports on cutting edge Connecticut legal issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars and legal education programs.


  • Bridgeport
    850 Main Street
    P.O. Box 7006
    Bridgeport, CT 06601-7006
  • Hartford
    90 State House Square
    Hartford, CT 06103-3702
  • Professional Affiliations

    American Bar Association - Litigation Section, Securities Litigation Committee

    Connecticut Bar Association - Litigation Section; Federal Practice Section; former member, Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee

    Federal Bar Council

    Raymond E. Baldwin Inn of Court

    Greater Bridgeport Bar Association - past-chair, Young Lawyers Section

    Community Involvement

    City of Bridgeport - former member, City Council; member, Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Board of Directors

    Fairfield University - former vice-president, Alumni Association; alumni representative, Board of Trustees academic affairs and prep school committees

    Bridgeport Regional Business Council - Graduate of Class of 20 of the Leadership Greater Bridgeport Program and current member, board of directors

    Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church - Trustee

    Alpha Community Services YMCA - former vice chair, board of managers

    City Lights Gallery - past president

    Honors & Recognitions

    Named a Moffly Media Top Lawyer in Fairfield County, 2021 - Commercial Litigation, and 2023 - Government and Administrative

    Recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "2015 New Leaders of the Law" award

    Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list since 2013 in the area of business litigation

    Recipient of the Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award for 2014

    Recipient of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council Legislator of the Year Award, 2016


    Commercial and business disputes

    • Litigated several Uniform Commercial Code and contract disputes between businesses and customers, suppliers, consultants and agents
    • Prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent non-disclosure claims against former members and officers of companies
    • Served as local counsel to an international nonprofit environmental education organization in its lawsuit alleging an infringement upon its marks
    • Represented dairy farm in breach of contract and Uniform Commercial Code arbitration
    • Represented independent power producer in connection with insurance coverage litigation associated with a construction accident that involved multiple injuries, deaths and property damage
    • Represented chemical processing company in a multi-state federal breach of contract action
    • Defended real estate development company in a $22 million veil piercing, successor liability and fraudulent transfer case
    • Defended shareholder derivative action and member dispute involving holding company for skilled nursing facility
    • Defended university in unfair competition and trade secrets dispute
    • Local counsel in multi-million dollar breach of contract and fiduciary duty complex litigation docket trial
    • Negotiated resolution to substance marks dispute between brewery and winery

     Real estate, environmental and land use litigation

    • Prosecuted and defended claims under the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act (Conn. Gen. Stat 22a-14 et sq.) for trespass and nuisance to property, including several claims involving oil contamination
    • Defended municipalities in Clean Water Act Enforcement actions
    • Commercial landlord/tenant disputes; evictions; foreclosures
    • Defended many landlords and condominium associations in Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) fair housing matters 
    • Defense verdict after trial for solar farm developer in stormwater runoff litigation
    • Represented community association in land use appeal
    • Negotiated resolution to easement dispute between neighboring condominium associations
    • Secured dismissal of criminal charges stemming from residential neighbor property dispute

     Securities and banking

    • Defended against Securities Exchange Act claims, including Section 12 claims, Rule 10b-5 claims, control person claims and related state law claims
    • Represented registered representative in FINRA Rule 8210 investigation and sworn interview
    • Represented leading college in FINRA arbitration and recovered nearly 100 percent of losses incurred as a result of brokers failure to make trades of stock in accordance with long-standing agreement
    • Secured dismissal of case for financial advisor in lawsuit brought by individual who claimed significant losses with the market crash and that her account opening agreement was a contract of adhesion
    • Defended broker dealer in FINRA arbitration claiming losses during the market downturn where panel rejected bulk of claims and limited its award to out-of-pocket costs
    • Defended registered representative in suitability mediation with former client which settled for nominal amount
    • Represented advisor in FINRA mediation where client alleged that the advisor recommended an unsuitable concentration of retirement assets into illiquid and speculative investments. Negotiated favorable settlement for advisor whereby brokerage firm covered majority of settlement amount and costs, and minimized U4 disclosure

     Town governments

    • Town counsel for Fairfield County town
    • Secured dismissal of Section 1983 Federal civil rights claim for eastern Connecticut city

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    Bar and Court Admissions

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


    • Law clerk, Connecticut Attorney General
    • Intern to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel


    Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2008; articles editor, Saint Louis University Law Journal; teaching assistant, legal research and writing

    Fairfield University, B.A., 2005  

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