Pullman & Comley, a Bridgeport law firm with ties to the Malloy administration, won a lucrative contract to serve as general counsel for the state’s newly formed airport authority, despite a bid that was more than $100,000 higher than another finalist’s, the Courant’s Dave Altimari reports.
The contract drew bids from 13 law firms in Connecticut and beyond, and among three finalists was Pullman & Comley, with a fee estimate of about $270,000 for the one-year contract; and Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, with estimated fees of $161,215. Pullman & Comley is the former law firm of Andrew McDonald, Malloy’s general counsel. The firm also won the contract to negotiate the state’s deal with Jackson Laboratory, and has won several contracts recently to serve as bond counsel in cities headed by Democrats.
The chairman of the search committee that selected Pullman & Comley for the airport job said politics played no role in the choice and that there was no pressure to select the firm. He said after meeting with the three finalists, committees members agreed unanimously that Pullman & Comley had made the best presentation and would be the best choice.