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Bernard Pellegrino practices in the areas of land use and zoning, general civil litigation, personal injury, worker's compensation, sports law, labor and employment law, and construction law and litigation. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, at Boston College Law School  in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Connecticut.

In the area of land use and zoning, Attorney Pellegrino has experience appearing before municipal agencies throughout the State seeking approvals for a variety of different real estate developments. The boards he appears before each month include Inland Wetland Panels, Planning and Zoning Commissions and Zoning Appeals Boards. His clients include single and multi-family residential builders, large commercial and retail developers, and educational institutions. He has acted as zoning counsel for Quinnipiac University  for over 15 years, having secured numerous approvals for the school, including the TD Bank Sportscenter complex on the University’s York Hill Campus in Hamden, Ct.

In May, 2009 Attorney Pellegrino was certified as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council , having successfully completed the preparatory review and passed the accreditation exam for this internationally recognized “green” building certification program. As such, he has been certified to advise clients on compliance with the LEED guidelines. Additionally, his clients receive invaluable certifications points towards LEED designation for development projects in which he has been retained. For additional information on our Green Building practice please review our Practice Areas Overview.

Attorney Pellegrino is the founder of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the ABA's Forum on the Sports and Entertainment Industries. He is a noted speaker and author on issues related to the law and business of the sports industries. As a member of the Professional Hockey Players' Association workers’ compensation panel, Attorney Pellegrino has represented professional hockey players before the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. Mr. Pellegrino has served as an adjunct professor of Sports Law at the University of New Haven and Sacred Heart University .

Noted for his community involvement, Bernie is the Past-President of the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Past -President of the Board of Directors of the Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., and former counsel of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Haven. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Town of North Haven, Water Pollution Control Authority. He is also the Chair of the North Haven Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 corporation that raises funds to support educational initiatives for school children in the Town of North Haven. He is a life-long resident of North Haven where he presently resides with his wife and three children, Brett, Daphne and Clara.


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A. - 1985

Classes & Seminars

  • "Architect/Engineer and Construction Manager Disputes", Construction Contract Litigation Seminar, Georgetown University Law Center, 1989 to 1989
  • "Construction Law: What do you do when...?", Connecticut Construction Law, National Business Institute Seminar, 1990 to 1990

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Past-President, Walter Camp Football Foundation
  • Past-President, Board of Directors, Clifford W. Beers Child Guidance Clinic, Inc.
  • Chair, North Haven Education Foundation, Inc.

Published Works

  • "The Sprewell Ruling: An Opportunity Lost for Professional Sports Leagues", The Connecticut Lawyer, April, 1998
  • "The Practical Impact and Historical Significance of The National Football League Free Agency Compromise After McNeil v. National Football League", Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law, 790 F. Supp. 871, D. Minn., Vol. 4, No. 1, 1992
  • "Baseball's Antitrust Exemption--Not Player Greed-- Doomed the 1994 Baseball Season", The Connecticut Lawyer, December, 1994
  • "Assessing The Impact Of The NFL Free Agency Compromise in McNeil v. National Football League", The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Summer, 1993
  • "Will This Be The Summer Of The National Hockey League's Discontent?", The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Spring, 1991
  • "New Requirements for New Home Contractors", The Connecticut Lawyer, September, 1999
  • "Representing Institutional Applicants before Municipal Land Use Agencies", The Connecticut Lawyer, October, 2002

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section, Founder
  • Sports Lawyers Association, Member
  • ABA's Forum, Sports and Entertainment Industries, Member
  • Sports and Entertainment Industries, Member
  • Home Builders Association of Greater New Haven, Former Counsel
  • Home Builders Association of Greater New Haven, Member
  • USGBC, Leadership in Energy and Environmental and Design, Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Member

Practice Areas

  • Land Use and Zoning
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Sports Law
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Connecticut