The experienced advocates in Pullman & Comley’s Litigation practice handle all phases of litigation, regularly appearing in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies and in arbitration proceedings.
Our litigators serve a large client base, ranging from individuals and small businesses to large corporations and major financial institutions. While our lawyers are seasoned and successful advocates in the courtroom, our ultimate goal is to provide our clients with cost-effective results, whether obtained in or out of court. Consistent with this goal, our litigators counsel clients in strategies to avoid litigation and are skilled in the art of negotiation. Our attorneys have significant experience acting as counsel to litigants in alternative dispute resolution settings, and several of our Litigation practice attorneys are American Arbitration Association (AAA) qualified arbitrators.
Our litigators have broad experience in all types of litigation including the following areas:
- Business litigation disputes including contract claims, unfair competition, antitrust litigation and class shareholder derivative actions
- Defense of consumer protection, privacy and credit reporting claims
- Representation of financial institutions in commercial foreclosures and lender liability cases
- Securities litigation and arbitration
- Labor and employment matters, including discrimination, wage & hour, leave entitlements, non-compete agreements and wrongful termination
- Construction litigation, including complex architectural and engineering disputes
- Representation of municipalities in a wide range of matters including the litigation of land use issues and civil rights claims
- Intellectual property matters including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation
- Product liability and product warranty litigation
- Professional malpractice litigation
- Insurance coverage litigation
- Administrative law matters including appellate review
- Environmental litigation including the representation of companies involved in Superfund cases and hazardous waste litigation
- Municipal and state tax appeals
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION HIGHLIGHTS
- In December 2021, a New York federal district judge overturned the confirmation of Purdue Pharma’s Chapter 11 plan, finding that legal releases that would shield members of the Sackler family from civil opioid lawsuits are not permitted under the Bankruptcy Code. In their appeal to the District Court, our bankruptcy lawyers represented the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, in conjunction with certain of the Solicitors General and Assistant Attorneys General in the respective appealing states and the law firm of Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen PC.
- Our strategic representation of SLR Equipment Finance, a nationally recognized commercial equipment finance company, led to the multi-million dollar settlement of its claims against an energy company and its international backers in under 12 months.
- We parachuted in on behalf of a financial institution that was embroiled in four separate suits arising out of a multi-million dollar loan default and resolved all four cases in less than a year with a full recovery for our client.
- During the last two years, our Workouts and Financial Restructuring practice advised clients through the impact of COVID-19 on lender-borrower and landlord-tenant relationships, as well as the pandemic’s overall disruption to all businesses and the courts.
News & Insights
- CBIA, 01.30.2023
- Litigation Attorney James T. Shearin Ranked as No. 1 Overall Attorney on the 2022 Connecticut Super Lawyers "Top 10" ListNewtown Bee, 11.11.2022
- Law360, 11.08.2022
- Following the Fellows, 11.04.2022
- Hartford Business Journal, 08.15.2022
- Judge Robert Holzberg (Ret.) Discusses Jury and Court Trials and the Appointment Process for Judges with Law and Legitimacy PodcastLaw and Legitimacy Podcast, 06.06.2022
- NBC Connecticut, 04.22.2022
- Connecticut Bar Association, 04.19.2022
- News 8 wtnh.com, NBC Connecticut, FOX 61, 04.05.2022
- Law360 Pulse, 01.04.2022
- Fortune, 01.04.2022
- Litchfield Magazine, 12.21.2021
- Law360, 12.16.2021
- Steven Stafstrom Quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune on the New Connecticut Inspector General PositionConnecticut Law Tribune, 09.02.2021
- Bloomberg Law, 07.22.2021
- Forbes, 07.06.2021
- Connecticut Law Tribune, 07.01.2021
- Professional Liability Attorneys David P. Atkins and Dana M. Hrelic to Lead CBA "Ethics for Workers' Compensation Practitioners" SeminarCBA Law Center (and virtual), 30 Bank Street, New Britain, 03.23.2023
- Litigation Attorney Fred Ury to Lead CBA Session on "Practice, Procedures and Protocols in the Connecticut Courts"Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT, 11.18.2022
- Inn at Middletown, 70 Main Street, Middletown, CT, 11.10.2022
- New York State Bar Association's "Women on the Move 2022" Panel Discussion Includes Marcy Stovall as PanelistVirtual, 10.20.2022
- Marcy T. Stovall to Participate in Panel Discussion at the CBA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit10.19.2022
- Southern Connecticut State University, Adanti Student Center Ballroom, 07.22.2022
- Irve Goldman Presents on Third Policy Releases at Northeast Bankruptcy Conference & Northeast Consumer ForumRockport, ME, 07.16.2022
- Michael Kurs to Moderate Antitrust and Trade Regulation Panel at the 2022 Connecticut Legal ConferenceConnecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103, 06.13.2022
- Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103, 06.13.2022
- Family Advocate, an American Bar Association publication, 08.03.2022
- Suffolk University Law Review Publishes Article Co-Authored by Dana M. Hrelic on Unequal Protection Within United States TerritoriesSuffolk University Law Review, 07.22.2022
- Connecticut Bankruptcy Courts Rule That New Homestead Act Applies Retroactively to Claims Arising Before Act’s Effective Date06.24.2022
- CT Lawyer, 06.2022
- Bloomberg Tax, 01.31.2022
- PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases, 01.2022
- Bloomberg Law, 10.05.2021
- Hartford Business Journal, 04.05.2021
- Recent Changes to CDC Guidance May Allow Employers to Safely Return Employees Exposed to COVID-19 to Work in Fewer Than 14 Days12.14.2020
- American Bar Association, 12.10.2020
- CFO.com, 11.05.2020
- PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorney Lee Hoffman Appointed Chair of CBIA’s Energy & Environment Council12.22.2021
During the last two years, our Workouts and Financial Restructuring practice advised clients through the impact of COVID-19 on lender-borrower and landlord-tenant relationships, as well as the pandemic’s overall disruption to all businesses and the courts.
We parachuted in on behalf of a financial institution that was embroiled in four separate suits arising out of a multi-million dollar loan default and resolved all four cases in less than a year with a full recovery for our client.
In December 2021, a New York federal district judge overturned the confirmation of Purdue Pharma’s Chapter 11 plan, finding that legal releases that would shield members of the Sackler family from civil opioid lawsuits are not permitted under the Bankruptcy Code. In their appeal to the District Court, our bankruptcy lawyers represented the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, in conjunction with certain of the Solicitors General and Assistant Attorneys General in the respective appealing states and the law firm of Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen PC.
- Securing a Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for a Nationally Recognized Commercial Equipment Finance Company2021
Our strategic representation of SLR Equipment Finance, a nationally recognized commercial equipment finance company, led to the multi-million dollar settlement of its claims against an energy company and its international backers in under 12 months.
In addition to handling overage disputes, the attorneys in Pullman & Comley's Insurance practice defend class actions and other litigation challenging computerized underwriting and claim handling systems.
During the past five years, members of our ADR team have conducted hundreds of mediations and arbitrations in an array of areas spanning commercial, employment and individual matters.
Pullman's Family Law Practice remains at the leading edge of Connecticut matrimonial law, regularly litigating, mediating, arbitrating, and defending and prosecuting appeals involving the most complex financial and child custody related dissolutions of marriage actions in the state.
Pullman attorneys negotiated the casino project development agreement on behalf of the Town of East Windsor, Connecticut, the first approved to be constructed off Indian tribal lands.
Our Litigation attorneys assisted investors in Branford Manor Associates, L.P. in a complex intra-partnership dispute involving corporate governance, business tort, tax, trust, housing regulation, and injunction issues.
We obtained a significant jury verdict for our client in a case involving a terminated transaction with the government of Turkmenistan over the rights to the orbital slots for a government-launched satellite.
A significant number of Connecticut attorneys, in law firms, corporate legal departments and insurance agencies, turn to our Professional Liability team for risk management advice to handle their important matters.
A common complaint of the business community is that the court system moves too slowly. But what happens when the system moves too fast? Our commercial litigators defended a large winter sports facility against just that risk.
- Cynthia R. Arndt
- David P. Atkins
- Livia DeFilippis Barndollar
- Campbell D. Barrett
- Megan Youngling Carannante
- Meagan A. Cauda
- Adam J. Cohen
- Monte E. Frank
- Eliot B. Gersten
- Boris Greenshpun
- Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds
- Lee D. Hoffman
- Robert L. Holzberg
- Dana M. Hrelic
- Karen A. Jeffers
- Jonathan A. Kaplan
- Jon T. Kukucka
- Michael A. Kurs
- Thomas S. Lambert
- Bianca LoGiurato
- Michael J. Marafito
- James F. Martin
- Thomas F. Maxwell Jr.
- Kristin B. Mayhew
- Sean M. McAuliffe
- Edward P. McCreery III
- Jonathan B. Orleans
- Stacie L. Provencher
- Michael E. Riley
- Richard C. Robinson
- Timothy G. Ronan
- Kelly M. Rosenthal
- Sara M. Winniman Rossman
- David A. Santiago
- Zachary D. Schurin
- Kelly A. Scott
- Stephen M. Sedor
- James T. Shearin
- Mark J. Sommaruga
- Steven J. Stafstrom Jr.
- Marcy Tench Stovall
- Frederic S. Ury
- William J. Wenzel
- Diane W. Whitney
Areas Of Concentration
Pullman & Comley attorneys have been closely monitoring the legal implications for businesses, municipalities, educational institutions and other organizations of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and have been responding to a broad range of client questions. For your reference, we have summarized recent publications and blog posts authored by our attorneys here: FOCUS: Responding to COVID-19.