Timothy Richard Sullivan

Timothy Richard Sullivan

Counsel at McCormick Barstow LLP
  • Insurance Claims
  • California
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Summary

Mr. Sullivan began his practice with McCormick Barstow in 1986. After practicing elsewhere, including being a founding partner in a small firm, he returned to McCormick Barstow in 2008. Although he has tried cases to verdict in many subject areas, including real estate disputes, agent errors and omissions, title insurance disputes, and a wide range of business related litigation ranging from breach of contract to fraud and unfair business practices, his practice now focuses upon insurance coverage and bad faith. In addition to over 25 jury trials, Mr. Sullivan has also tried numerous bench trials involving breach of contract and declaratory relief. His trial practice has taken him from the federal courts to county courts throughout the San Joaquin Valley. He has also handled appeals in the California Supreme Court, the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Fresno, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit. Mr. Sullivan has often spoken at training seminars for both insurance professionals and lawyers on subjects pertaining to insurance and trial practice. He has also written chapters on property insurance, liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, title insurance and bad faith for five books published by the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), a program administered by the State Bar and the University of California. Mr. Sullivan is admitted to practice law in California (1987); the U.S. District Courts, Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Area
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Area
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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9th Circuit
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Education
University of Missouri School of Law
Juris Doctor (1986)
Honors: Tim was selected to represent Mizzou in the Nelson National Moot Court Competition. Tim and his partner beat out teams from some of the most prestigious law schools in the nation to receive the "Best Brief" award.
Activities: Tim completed the Clinical Law Program and Internship in the Office of the Public Defender of Boone and Callaway Counties, and received recognition for his "high academic achievement and faithful service."
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University of Missouri
B.A. (1983) | Political Science
Honors: Tim was awarded an Honors College Certificate [more than 20 units of Honors College courses, and a GPA over 3.5].
Activities: Tim served as a Legislative Intern for Missouri State Senator Harriett Woods. He testified before a joint Senate/House subcommittee regarding the fiscal impact of one of Senator Woods' bills. He also received an award for "extraordinary service" from the Missouri House of Representatives.
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Awards
Northern California Super Lawyer
San Francisco Magazine
Tim was selected for inclusion as a 2008 Northern California Super Lawyer in the field of Insurance Coverage by the publishers of Law and Politics and San Francisco Magazine. No more than 5% of the lawyers in Califorina can qualify for this honor.
Professional Associations
Fresno County Bar Association
Vice President
- Current
Activities: Tim was elected as First Vice President of the Fresno County Bar Association for 2009-2010.
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Real Property Law Section, California State Bar
Member, Executive Committee
- Current
Activities: Tim was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar. His term runs from 2007 to 2010.
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Fresno County Bar Association
Director
- Current
Activities: Tim was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fresno County Bar Association in 2005, and is still a Director.
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Association of Business Trial Lawyers (San Joaquin Valley Chapter)
Member
- Current
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California State Bar # 128467
Member
- Current
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Fresno County Bar Associaton
Member
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Association of Defense Counsel
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation
CEB
Real Property Sales Transactions (4th Ed.)
CEB
ABCs and BOPs: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs to Know About Property Insurance
California State Bar, Section Education Institute
Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation
CEB
"CLRA" Can Be A Four Letter Word For California Businesses
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Landlord Liability Insurance: Why an Old Lease May Need to Learn New Tricks
California Real Property Journal
Environmental Liability: Financing and Insurance Issues
California State Bar, 2008 Annual Meeting
Office Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease
CEB
Bad Faith Insurance Claims in California
National Business Institute
California Title Insurance Practice (2d Ed.)
CEB
LiveVault, Lojack, RemoteKill, Oh My! How Can You Protect Your Computer Data?
Fresno County Bar
"Claw Backs" and "Safe Harbors": The New Federal Electronic DIscovery Rules
Fresno County Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
McCormick Barstow LLP
5 River Park Place East
P.O. Box 28912
Fresno, CA 93729-8912
USA
Telephone: (559) 433-1300
Fax: (559) 433-2300