Mark J. Sommaruga, is with the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. Mark has provided legal counsel to Connecticut municipalities and school boards, other public sector clients, and private sector clients for more than 25 years. His extensive experience with these clients includes labor, employment, education, civil rights, special education, municipal law, construction law, tort matters, worker’s compensation, and assorted other litigation in the state and federal courts on both the trial and appellate court levels, as well as before various state and federal agencies such as the State of Connecticut and U.S. Departments of Education. He routinely counsels school district clients on a wide variety of education law issues relating to student discipline, special education, discrimination, abuse/neglect, residency/school accommodations, and policy review. He has been a presenter at numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on municipal, education, special education, labor and employment law issues, including those sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He is a frequent presenter at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s annual convention. Mark has written numerous articles on employment law and school law issues in various trade journals and newsletters and is the author of Understanding the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Meeting and Records (Fourth Edition, 2013).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mark Sommaruga is a member of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mark Sommaruga is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association; Hartford County Bar Association; National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys; and Connecticut Council of School Attorneys.