PHILIP C. PIRES is a principal in Cohen and Wolf's Litigation, Municipal, and Land Use and Zoning Groups. Resident in the Bridgeport office, Mr. Pires practices in the areas of commercial litigation, estate and probate litigation, real property litigation, property tax appeals, landlord/tenant litigation, and land use and zoning law.
Mr. Pires represents individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, adverse possession claims, prescriptive easement claims, quiet title actions, and collection actions. He also regularly represents municipalities and individuals in commercial and residential property tax appeals. Mr. Pires is a frequent presenter at landlord/tenant litigation seminars, and he has extensive experience representing landlord and tenants in evictions and breach of lease cases.
In his land use and zoning practice, Mr. Pires often appears before planning and zoning commissions, inland wetlands commissions, zoning boards of appeals, and other administrative agencies. He also represents property owners, neighborhood groups, and municipalities in administrative appeals and zoning and wetlands enforcement proceedings.
Mr. Pires also has significant experience representing beneficiaries, fiduciaries and creditors in a variety of probate litigation matters, including probate appeals, contested conservatorships, estate settlements, trust and estate administration matters, will contests, trust disputes, contested accounting proceedings, and fiduciary removal proceedings.
Mr. Pires is admitted to practice in Connecticut; the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of the American, Connecticut, and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations. He is a member of the Litigation, Planning & Zoning, and Estates & Probate Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association. Mr. Pires formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association as the co-chair of its Municipal Law Committee.
Mr. Pires serves on the Bridgeport Community Board of Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc., an organization dedicated to educating students in grades K through 12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. As a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement, Mr. Pires has taught classes in Fairfield and Stratford. Mr. Pires also serves as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Downtown Bridgeport Special Services District, a special taxing district serving the city's downtown area.
Mr. Pires is presently serving his third term on Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and was recently elected to serve as Moderator of the RTM. In his capacity as Moderator, Mr. Pires serves as the ranking political and parliamentary officer of the RTM, leading the RTM in setting its agenda and presiding over debate. He serves on the RTM's Legislation & Administration Committee, which has jurisdiction over ordinances, lawsuits, and contracts. Mr. Pires is also a member of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee (DTC). In 2017, Mr. Pires received the Fairfield DTC's Denise Dougiello "Young Turk" award, an award given to a newer member of the Fairfield DTC whose contributions have helped shape the Town of Fairfield.
Mr. Pires is named a "Rising Star" by Connecticut Super Lawyers (2012-present) in the category of Business Litigation. He is also honored with an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, the highest possible Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell, and he was named a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune (2015).
In 2018, Mr. Pires was named to the "40 & Under Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys. Benchmark Litigation’s list is comprised of individuals considered to be among the top young talent in their respective litigation communities. Also in 2018, Mr. Pires received the Fairfield County Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under Forty" award which recognizes upcoming business and community leaders in Fairfield County.
Mr. Pires received his B.A., in 2005, from Haverford College and his J.D., with honors, in 2008 from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Constitutional Law. While in law school, he served as Executive Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal and was a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board.
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