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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 18. Lee D. Hoffman

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Lee Hoffman is the longtime chair of Pullman & Comley's real estate, energy, environmental and land use department.

Lee D. Hoffman is a well-known Hartford lawyer who got an elevated status last year when he was elected chairman of law firm Pullman & Comley, one of the largest law firms in Greater Hartford and Connecticut. 

Hoffman joined Pullman in July 2003, and has been a member of the executive committee since 2013. Until recently, he was co-chair of the firm’s real estate, energy, environmental and land-use department.

Hoffman’s practice has been focused on energy projects, environmental regulatory requirements and brownfield redevelopment. 

Hoffman said he and his firm have growth aspirations. One of his top priorities in the new role is to expand Pullman’s footprint in satellite offices in and outside Connecticut and grow the firm’s attorney roster.

Pullman & Comley has already been making moves. In September, it opened its first Rhode Island office. In 2019, it opened a Springfield, Massachusetts location.

“Our expansion, both in terms of adding attorneys and moving into new geographic areas, is in response to market opportunities and our clients’ needs,” Hoffman told the Hartford Business Journal in October. “We have a century of history and deep roots in Connecticut … but, at the same time, our clients have legal needs across the region, and that has been the impetus behind our growth in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.”

Pullman has Connecticut offices in Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury and Westport, in addition to a White Plains, New York outpost.

Hoffman is the immediate past chair of the environmental section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In December 2021, he was appointed chairman of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s Energy & Environment Council.

He was named the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Attorney of the Year in 2015.

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