Overview

A persuasive and successful litigator, Phil has handled 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, landlord/tenant cases, and collection actions. He frequently appears in the Connecticut Probate Court system representing beneficiaries, fiduciaries, and creditors in a variety of probate litigation matters, including 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 & zoning arena, regularly appearing before planning and zoning commissions, inland wetlands commissions, zoning boards of appeals, the Connecticut Siting Council, and other administrative agencies, advocating for applicants, developers, property owners, and neighborhood groups.  He also regularly counsels municipalities and property owners in commercial and residential property tax appeals.  As a former member of his hometown's 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. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024

Connecticut Super Lawyers®"Rising Star", Business Litigation and State, Local & Municipal, 2012-2023

Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2023

Benchmark Litigation, "40  & Under Hot List," 2018-2022

Moffly Media's "Top Lawyers in Fairfield County", Commercial Litigation, 2023

Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals, "Millennial & Gen Z Award" Honoree, 2022

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

Moffly Media's "Top Lawyers in Fairfield County", Commercial Litigation, 2021

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

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

Fairfield Democratic Town Committee's Denise Dougiello "Young Turk" Award, 2017

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

Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-2015

Newsroom

News

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
    •   Litigation Section
    •   State and Local Government Section

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

Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys 

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
    •   Litigation Section

Support Staff

Lisa Poland
Litigation & Appellate Paralegal
203.337.4242

Patricia Iacozza
Legal Assistant
203.337.4150

Sheika A. Johnson
Legal Assistant
203.337.4225

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, 2011-2020, 2022-2023

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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