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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, 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, business litigation, real property and title disputes, and collection actions. He also regularly represents municipalities and individuals in commercial and residential property tax appeals, zoning and wetlands enforcement actions, and zoning appeals. Mr. Pires also has significant experience representing individuals, heirs, fiduciaries and creditors in a variety of probate litigation matters, including contested conservatorships.


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, Second Circuit. He is a member of the American, Connecticut, and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations. He is a member of the Litigation and Planning & Zoning 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.


In 2016, Mr. Pires was re-elected to serve a second two-year term on Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and was elected as the Democratic Minority Leader of the RTM . He serves on the RTM's Legislation & Administration Committee and Special Legislative Management Committee. Mr. Pires is also a member of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee.


Mr. Pires is named a "Rising Star" by Connecticut Super Lawyers (2012-2015) 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 recently named a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune (2015).


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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    8 years
  2. State & Local Law: 20%
    8 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 20%
    8 years
  4. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
    8 years

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Contact info

Cohen and Wolf P.C.

1115 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT, 06604

Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

320 Post Road West
Westport,, CT, 06880



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
New Leader in the LawConnecticut Law Tribune2015
Rising StarConnecticut Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarConnecticut Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarConnecticut Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarConnecticut Super Lawyers2012
CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional LawUniversity of Connecticut School of Law2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCohen and Wolf P.C.2008 - Present
Law ClerkHorton, Shields & Knox, P.C.2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc.Board Member2011 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2009 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Planning and Zoning SectionMember2009 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Greater Bridgeport Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionExecutive Committee2012 - 2014
Moot Court Board, University of Connecticut School of LawMember2007 - 2008
Connecticut Public Interest Law JournalExecutive Editor2006 - 2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Haverford CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Landlord-Tenant Law SeminarCollections: Enforcing Your Judgment2016
Landlord-Tenant Law SeminarLandlord-Tenant Evictions and Litigation2016
Connecticut Legal Services TrainingRepresenting the Respondent in Contested Conservatorships2015
4th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law SeminarEthical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Law2015
9th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law SeminarEvictions: Excuses and Traps When Things Go Bad2014