|Sydney T. Schulman||Managing Partner|
Attorney Schulman has practiced law for fifty-two years as of August, 2015, including serving in the United States Air Force from 1963-1966, and as an attorney and then Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. of Hartford from 1966-1974. While carrying on a general practice, he has functioned as a trial litigator in court, particularly in personal injury matters. He also has a substantial portion of his practice devoted to representing injured workers before the Workers Compensation Commission and in representing small businesses in their start-up phases, contracts, leases and management consultation in the running of a business.
As a litigator, Atty. Schulman has been involved in many cases involving improving the community, including La Casa de Puerto Rico, Inc. vs. The City of Hartford, which led to Latinos being accepted as firefighters in the City of Hartford. Also, the landmark Consent Decree ordered in the 1973 settlement of the case of Cintron vs. Vaughn was a significant step in the promotion and hiring of Latinos and African Americans in the Hartford Police Department. Additionally, Atty. Schulman has legally organized and obtained tax exemption and/or at times represented community organizations such as La Casa De Puerto Rico, Inc., the Hispanic Health Council, Inc., The Connecticut Puerto Rican Forum, Inc., the Spanish American Coalition, Inc., Latinos Contra Sida, Inc., the South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corporation (SAND), The West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc., the West Indian Foundation, Inc., and the West Indian Independence Committee, the Garden Area Neighborhood Council, Inc., the Clay Hill Improvement Association, Inc., and many others too numerous to mention.
Currently, Atty. Schulman serves as Deputy Mayor of Bloomfield, Ct., having served as Mayor from January, 2003 to October 2015. He has served on the Bloomfield Town Council since November, 1991, except for two years between 1997-1999.
Atty. Schulman is and has been active in community affairs having served as the first Chairman of the Ethics Commission in Bloomfield; member and past president of the Bloomfield Lions Club; Council Chairman for Connecticut for Multiple District 23 of the International Association of Lions Clubs; District Governor of District 23B of the International Association of Lions Clubs; President of the state-wide Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation; Commissioner of the Greater Hartford Transit District; member, congregant and past President of Beth Hillel Synagogue; President of Connecticut Lions Charities; member of the Hartford Jazz Society; and fifth degree black belt in the Uechiryu style of Karate, Kenukai Association. He has also served on the Boards of various organizations including, but not limited to the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA), Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Capitol Region Council of Governments Executive Committee and Board, the Raoul Wallenberg Children’s Foundation International, Inc. and the Ebony Horsewomen, Inc.
Areas of Practice
30% Personal Injury
30% Workers Compensation
15% Business Organization: representation & management
15% Non-Profits: representation, organization & application IRS tax-exempt status
10% Family Law
50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1967
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1963
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1980
U.S. Federal Courts, 1963
U.S. Supreme Court, 1966
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court, 1995
University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut – LL.B. – 1963
University of Connecticut – B.A. – 1959
Minor: Bacteriology & Biochemistry
Proof of Access in Musical Plagiarism Suits, Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition, Univ. of Conn., 1962
Cintron v. Vaughn, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87260 (2007) (Connecticut District Court 2007)
Brown v. K.N.D. Corp., 205 Conn. 8 (1987) (Connecticut Supreme Court 1987)
Fucci v. Fucci, 179 Conn. 174 (1979) (Connecticut Supreme Court 1979)
Myers v. City of Hartford, 84 Conn. App 395 (2004) (Connecticut Appeals Court 2004)
Castillo v. United States, 989 F. Supp. 413 (1997) (Connecticut District Court 1997)
Gedeon v. First Nat’l Supermarkets, Inc., 215 Conn. 804 (1990) (Connecticut Supreme Court 1990)
Jackson v. Jackson, 17 Conn. App. 431 (1989) (Connecticut Appeals Court 1989)
Morales v. United States, 21 F. Supp. 2d 125 (1990) (Connecticut District Court 1990)
State v. Hall, 17 Conn. App. 502 (1989) (Connecticut Appeals Court 1989)
Clark v. American Home Foods Div. of American Home Products Corp., 1982 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16420 (1982) (Massachusetts District Court 1982)
The West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc.
Spanish American Merchants Association, Inc.
Ebony Horsewomen, Inc.
Newfield Community Empowerment & Enrichment Campus
Society of Latin-American Firefighters, Inc.
West Indian Foundation, Inc.
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, University of New Haven, 1972 – 1976
Real Property & Personal Property, Wethersfield Law School, 1976 – 1977
Honors and Awards
Bloomfield Board of Education Community Service Award, 2015
Massachusetts Bar Association Recognition of 50 Years of Practice, 2013
Certificate of Appreciation – Law Day, 2005
San Juan Center Community Service Award, 1993
Hartford Evening Lions Club Community Service Award, 1992
25 Year Service to Community Plaque – Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., 1991
Community Service Award, Hartford Columbus Day Celebration Committee, 1989
Plaque for Services as President of Community Care Mental Health Center, Inc., 1984
National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators – Senior Arbitrator, 1988
Professional Associations and Memberships
Connecticut Bar, Member, 1963 – Present
Minnesota Bar, Member
Massachusetts Bar, Member
Spanish American Merchants Association, Board of Directors
Ebony Horsewomen, LLC, Board of Directors
High Hill Association, Board of Directors
Hartford County Bar Association, 1963 – Present
American Bar Association, 1963 – Present
American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), 1988 – Present
Past Employment Positions
United States Air Force, 1963 – 1966
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Attorney, 1966 – Present
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Executive Director, 1969 – 1974
Pro Bono Activities
Representation of non-profit organizations, 1974 – Present
Representation of individuals, 1974 – Present
Phi Epsilon Pi