After nearly 20 years, Pullman & Comley has a new leader. James T. Shearin has been named as the firm's chairman, succeeding Rob Morris, who held the job for the past two decades.

Morris will remain on the firm's Executive Committee and will continue to lead the Tax Section of the Business Organizations and Finance Department. "Pullman & Comley is my home away from home and I am honored to succeed Rob Morris as chairman," said Shearin. "I am proud of our firm's long and distinguished history and am committed to ensuring that we remain one of the region's premier firms."

With nearly 90 attorneys, Pullman & Comley ranked No. 7 on the Law Tribune's list of the highest grossing firms in the state, with 2012 revenues of about $37 million. A news release put out by the firm said the promotion of Shearin, who is known as "Tim," is part of a carefully planned succession of the firm's leadership.

"Tim has been a leader for many years, not just at Pullman & Comley, but in the legal community and through his work with many nonprofit organizations," said Morris. "The firm will be in great hands under Tim's direction."

Shearin joined Pullman & Comley in September 1988, and has served in leadership roles at the firm. He has been on the Executive Committee since 1998 and has chaired the Litigation Department since 1995. He has experience in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and before arbitration and mediation boards, representing clients in a wide variety of litigation, including commercial and business, intellectual property, internet piracy and computer crimes, banking, securities, antitrust and products liability.

Shearin is a former winner of the John Eldred Shields Professional Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Association for outstanding service to the legal profession, the members of the CBA and the greater community. He currently serves as vice president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and is a past chairman of the Connecticut Legal Services Corporation.

He has been appointed by Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program Advisory Board. He has also served as a member of the state's Judicial Compensation Commission.