Overview

A persuasive and successful litigator, Phil has handled a variety of legal actions including complex commercial disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, adverse possession claims, prescriptive easement claims, quiet title actions, landlord/tenant cases and collection actions. He frequently appears in the Connecticut Probate Court system representing beneficiaries, fiduciaries and creditors in matters of contested conservatorships, trust and estate administration, will contests, contested accounting proceedings and fiduciary removal proceedings.

In addition to litigation, Phil practices in the municipal and land use arena appearing before planning and zoning commissions, inland wetlands commissions, zoning boards of appeals, and other administrative agencies, advocating for applicants, developers, property owners and neighborhood groups.  He also regularly counsels municipalities and individuals in commercial and residential property tax appeals.  As a former member of his hometown governing board, Phil’s firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of town administration offers valuable insight to his clients.

Phil prides himself on providing responsive, efficient service and practical advice.

Credentials

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., Honors, 2008
    •  Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, Executive Editor
    •  Connecticut Moot Court Board, Member

 Haverford College, B.A., 2005

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Honors & Awards

Benchmark Litigation, "40  & Under Hot List", 2018-2019

Connecticut Super Lawyers®"Rising Star", Business Litigation, 2012-2019

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rated, 2015-present

Fairfield County Business Journal, "40 Under Forty" Honoree, 2018

The 200 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County, Fairfield Living Magazine, 2018

Fairfield DTC's Denise Dougiello "Young Turk" Award, 2017

Connecticut Law Tribune, "New Leader in the Law" Award, 2015

CBA Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-2015

Newsroom

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Classical Studies Magnet Academy, Bridgeport, CT, 02.13.2020
  • Philip Pires to present at Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar:  From Lease to Eviction
    Sterling Education, 04.26.2017
  • Attorney Philip Pires to present at Landlord-Tenant Law seminar discussing Evictions and Litigation, Collections, and Enforcing Your Judgement
    04.27.2016

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association
    •  Litigation, Planning & Zoning, and Estates & Probate Sections
    •  Young Lawyers Section, former Executive Board Member as Co-Chair of its       
        Municipal Practice Group, 2012-2014

 Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
    •  Litigation Section
    •  Young Lawyers Section

Support Staff

Donna Santana
203.337.4197
dsantana@cohenandwolf.com

Community Involvement

Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM)
    •  Representative of District 4 (formerly District 7), 2013-2019
    •  Democratic Caucus Minority Leader, 2015-2017
    •  RTM Moderator, 2017-2019
    •  RTM’s Legislation & Administration Committee, member, 2015-2019
    •  RTM’s Education & Recreation Committee, member, 2013-2015

Fairfield Democratic Town Committee

Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, Board of Commissioners
    •  Commissioner, 2016-present
    •  Treasurer, 2016-2017
    •  Vice Chairman, 2017-2018
    •  Chairman, 2018-present

Bridgeport Community Board of Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, 2011-present
    •  Volunteer Teacher, 2013-present

 The Pequot Running Club, Member and Volunteer, 2012-present

 Weston Adult Soccer League, 2011-present

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