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

Christopher P. McCormack

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Bridgeport,  CT  U.S.A.
Phone203.330.2016

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AV® Preeminent

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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
 
Memberships 

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

 
Biography

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 Businesses in the area of environmental law
Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2006 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)

Clerkships
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 Named to 2014 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
SEMINAR: Connecticut Solid Waste Management - The Transition Update
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?
IN THE NEWS: Christopher McCormack Wins National Writing Award
PRESS RELEASE: Christopher P. McCormack Wins 2013 Distinguished Legal Writing Award

Publications & Alerts
Detour or Road Map? DEEP's Risk Based Decision Making Assessment Study Report and What's Next for the Remediation “Transformation” Process
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: 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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