Christopher P. McCormack: Lawyer with Pullman & Comley, LLC

Christopher P. McCormack

Bridgeport,  CT  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental and Land Use
  • Environmental Law and Litigation
  • Green Development
  • Litigation
  • Construction
University Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1978; Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, M.A., 1981 Pi Kappa Lambda
Law SchoolFordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987 writing and research editor, Fordham Law Review
Admitted1987, Connecticut; 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

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association - vice chair, Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know Committee; Environment, Energy, and Resources Section

Connecticut Bar Association - Executive Committee, legislative liason, Environmental Law Section

ASTM International - Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment Standards - membership secretary; Task Group for Revision of the E1903 Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Standard - task group chair


Christopher P. McCormack's environmental law practice includes litigation, enforcement defense, administrative proceedings and the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Chris's litigation practice also includes environmental insurance coverage matters and complex commercial litigation.

He has extensive experience in complex multi-party remediation liability litigation, including lead litigation counsel responsibility for Superfund site coalitions. He has defended and prosecuted numerous environmental cost recovery actions in state and federal courts.

Before joining Pullman & Comley, Chris was a partner at the firm of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, LLP, where he was chair of the Environmental Practice Group.

Community Involvement

Housatonic Community College Foundation - board of directors

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

Honors & Awards

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

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

Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2007 - 2013 in the area of environmental litigation

James W. Cooper 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)


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

News & Events

PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America

IN THE NEWS: Chris McCormack Moderates Panel For American Manufacturing Hall Of Fame

CONFERENCE: Who's Afraid of Contaminated Property?

PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Recognized in Six Practice Areas By Chambers USA

DEEP Two Years Later: Breakfast with the New DEEP Commissioner

WEBINAR: Strategies for Implementing ASTM E1527-13: Part 2

PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorneys Named to 2013 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

IN THE NEWS: Christopher McCormack Comments on Housatonic Community College's Alumni Hall of Fame Gala

IN THE NEWS: Christopher McCormack Wins National Writing Award

PRESS RELEASE: Christopher P. McCormack Wins 2013 Distinguished Legal Writing Award

Publications & Alerts

ENVIRONMENTAL ALERT: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Releases Evaluation of Risk-Based Decision Making With Public Comment Open Until September 30, 2014

Environmental Alert: Solid Waste and Water Planning Dominate 2014 Connecticut Public Acts Concerning the Environment

Environmental Alert: Covering the Waterfront: Comprehensive Water Resources Management

Environmental Alert: Other 2014 Environmental and Land Use Legislation

Environmental Alert: Solid Waste Change of Direction: Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority

ALERT: EPA Proposes to Delete Reference to Superseded 2005 ASTM Standard from All Appropriate Inquiry Rule

ALERT: EPA Rule Adopts Revised ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard as Alternative Means to Conduct All Appropriate Inquiry

ALERT: DEEP Updates Engineered Control Financial Assurance Guidance

The ASTM Standard Practice for Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

The New ASTM Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Standard: A Flexible and Adaptable Due Diligence Tool

Environmental Endorsements Can Be Marketing Scams

Reported CasesRepresentative Experience; Lead litigation counsel for members of Superfund site coalition on cost contribution claims against numerous corporate and municipal defendants; 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; Defense of environmental consulting firm on contract and professional liability claims arising out of investigation and remediation of contaminated site; Defense of insurance coverage claims by petroleum retailer for multiple Connecticut sites with underground storage tanks and gasoline releases; 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 the professional services sectors; 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 due diligence support for numerous corporate and real estate transactions, including business operations subject to environmental regulation and brownfields properties including Connecticut Transfer Act sites; Environmental insurance coverage: defense and prosecution of coverage claims and counseling and representation of clients in obtaining coverage to manage transactional risk

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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Releases "Evaluation of Risk-Based Decision Making" With Public Comment Open Until September 30, 2014
Christopher P. McCormack, September 30, 2014
On August 29, 2014, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released “Evaluation of Risk-based Decision Making,” a report prepared by CDM Smith under contract to the state. DEEP has now announced that it will accept public comments until September 30,...

Covering the Waterfront: Comprehensive Water Resources Management
Christopher P. McCormack, August 21, 2014
Public Act 14-163 authorizes the Water Planning Council, established by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 22a-33o, to prepare a comprehensive state water plan.

Other 2014 Environmental and Land Use Legislation: Fracking, Brownfields, State Land Conservation, Private Easements, Wood Burning Furnaces and Running Bamboo
Christopher P. McCormack, August 21, 2014
The General Assembly passed noteworthy bills on six diverse environmental and land use subjects.

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Christopher P. McCormack

850 Main Street
BridgeportCT 06601-7006


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