Pullman & Comley has more than 70 years of experience in providing bond counsel services to Connecticut governmental entities as well as in representing underwriters, credit enhancers, businesses, trustees and private individuals with whom governmental entities do business. Our Public Finance practice is made up of experienced and innovative professionals who bring a practical approach to the wide variety of legal matters facing governmental entities and those conducting business in the government sector. Currently, the firm serves as general and/or bond counsel to the state of Connecticut, various state agencies, numerous Connecticut cities and towns, housing authorities, water authorities, economic and community development corporations, regional service bodies and other governmental entities.
The firm has experience in both general obligation and revenue bond financings and has acted as bond counsel for bonds issued in fixed and variable interest rate modes. Members of the Public Finance practice also have significant experience in economic development bond issues including those issued to finance stadiums, arenas, parking garages and those secured by property tax increments and tax assessments. The firm has served as counsel on many types of complicated municipal financing matters including pension bonds, interest rate swaps, Clean Water Fund financings, housing bonds, tax credit financings and financings supported by the pledge of grants from other government entities.
This wide array of experience, combined with our service approach, is widely recognized throughout Connecticut.
Over the last ten years, national publication The Bond Buyer has consistently ranked Pullman & Comley within the top five bond counsel firms in the state of Connecticut. For the past three years, Pullman & Comley ranked first for Connecticut bond counsel in Bond Buyer’s Yearend Review, published in March, 2021; March, 2022; and in March, 2023.
News & Insights
- Hartford Business Journal, 05.29.2023
- Law360, 10.03.2022
- Pullman & Comley Assists East Hartford with Development and Tax Agreements for New Market-Rate ApartmentsJournal Inquirer, 02.16.2022
- Jessica Grossarth Kennedy and Glenn Rybacki to Speak on Bond Anticipation Notes at Government Finance Officers Association of CT Quarterly MeetingThe Aqua Turf Mulberry Street Plantsville, CT 06479, 02.09.2023
- Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, Bridgeport, CT, 11.15.2022
- Farmington Gardens, 999 Farmington Ave Farmington , Connecticut, 10.12.2022
- Increased Investor & Rating Agency Interest in Cybersecurity and Climate Change Disclosure in Municipal Bond Issuances11.16.2021
- House Ways and Means Committee Proposes Expansion of Affordable Housing Financing Incentives in the Reconciliation Package09.15.2021
In 2021, we served as bond counsel in the issuance of approximately $48 million of bonds by the Steel Point Infrastructure Improvement District (the “District”), comprising 44 waterfront acres in Bridgeport. Proceeds from the bond sales were used for public improvements necessary to foster private development within the District. Our attorneys drafted enabling legislation creating the District and have served as its financing and bond counsel since its inception. To date, the developer has built an upscale marina, marina building and restaurant, a Bass Pro Shops and adjacent retail. Future phases envision 1,500+ units of housing, a hotel and additional retail space.
UConn relies upon Pullman to create innovative financing plans that fund the University’s growth, while ensuring that students receive a top-notch education and the university’s objectives are fulfilled.
Pullman & Comley continued its long-term engagement as bond counsel to the City of Bridgeport and assisted the city's administration with an innovative four (4) series financing that helped balance the current year's budget.
Attorneys from our Government Finance and Real Estate practice were instrumental in the transformation of a blighted industrial property in Bridgeport into multifamily housing and a new charter school.
Pullman represented Beacon Communities in connection with the rehabilitation of the old J.R. Montgomery mill complex in Windsor Locks.
The firm’s Government Finance and Real Estate practices have been instrumental in the initial transformation of a blighted industrial property along Interstate 95 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
An interdisciplinary team of our Government Finance and Real Estate attorneys represented Forstone Capital in the renovation of McLevy Square, a four building, half-acre, historic site located in the heart of downtown Bridgeport overlooking McLevy Green, the city’s downtown public green space.
Pullman & Comley continued its long term engagement as bond counsel to the City of Bridgeport and assisted the city’s new administration with a series of financings that helped balance the current year’s budget and provided over $5.6 million in future debt service savings.
Pullman & Comley’s Real Estate and Land Use, Environmental and Government Finance attorneys have been working with the mayor and officials from the City of West Haven to develop an underutilized portion of the city’s shoreline on Long Island Sound.
The firm represents the City of Bridgeport and the Steel Point Infrastructure Improvement District in the development of one of Bridgeport's most significant economic development projects, that when completed, will transform Bridgeport’s harbor and establish the city as a retail and recreational maritime destination. Adjacent to Interstate 95, the 50-acre, waterfront project is expected to contain more than one million square feet of retail, commercial, hotel and residential space and feature a marina.
Pullman & Comley served as bond counsel to the City of Bridgeport in connection with a major conduit bond financing for The Jewish Home of Fairfield County, a local 501(c)(3) organization, which is relocating its senior living facility to Bridgeport.
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.