James F. Sullivan

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James F. Sullivan practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial and corporate, professional and product liability, employment, consumer, construction, municipal land use litigation. He received his education and J.D. with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Connecticut Law Review and had received numerous academic awards. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College in its honors program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the Scholar of the College Award.

Upon graduation from Law School, Attorney Sullivan clerked for Justice Robert J. Callahan of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Attorney Sullivan has lectured and given seminars on trial practice, legal ethics, legal writing, and various aspects of civil litigation before a number of groups. Attorney Sullivan is nationally board certified in trial practice by the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Attorney Sullivan has published a number of articles in the field of civil litigation, products liability, corporate liability, employment and constitutional law in the Connecticut Bar Journal, The Law Tribune, ABA Litigation Monograms, and The Connecticut Lawyer. He has tried many cases to verdict or judgment.  He co-authored a book “Connecticut Legal Ethics and Malpractice,” the first such treatise of its kind in Connecticut. The second edition of this book was released in December 2014.

Attorney Sullivan is active in a number of professional and civic organizations. He was recently elected to the House of Delegates of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is a past President of the Hartford County Bar Association and is chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee.  He is the past president of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Connecticut Bar.   He is on the board of editors of the Connecticut Law Tribune. Since 1993, he has been an Editorial Board Member of the Connecticut Bar Journal and serves as its survey editor. He is a former member of the Common Council in the City of New Britain. He was past Chairman of the Ethics Commission, City of New Britain, and represents political officials in government ethics related matters.

He regularly represents attorneys before the Statewide Grievance Committee and in attorney presentment proceedings. He represents children, through their parents, who have been bullied at school.

Attorney Sullivan is an active, nationally ranked, triathlete who was recognized as an All American by the United States Triathlon Association for 2009 and 2010. He completed his second Ironman in Lake Placid, New York in July 2010 and was one of the top finishers from Connecticut.  He is past president and co-founder of a local triathlon club that has over 150 members.  He is a board member of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.  He is the immediate past president of the parish counsel at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife Elizabeth and children Irene, Daniel and Grace.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • New Britain Bar Association
  • Supreme Court Historical Society

Community Involvement and Public Service

  • Past Member of Common Council, City of New Britain
  • Past Chair of Claims Commission, City of New Britain
  • Past Chairman of Ethics Commission, City of New Britain
  • Past President, University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association
  • Board Member, Hartford Marathon Foundation
  • Board of Editors, Connecticut Law Tribune
  • President, parish council, St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Seminars

  • Motion Practice in Connecticut – Topic: Trial Motions, Lorman
  • Automobile College of Law – Topic: Biomechanical Experts, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Legal Ethics and Law Office Management – Hartford County Bar Association

Publications

  • Connecticut Legal Ethics and Malpractice, Connecticut Law Tribune 2013
  • Successor Corporate Liability In Product Liability Actions in Connecticut, 73 Conn. Bar J. 297 (1999)
  • The Scope of Procedural Rule Making in Connecticut, 65 Conn. Bar. J. 297 (1992)
  • Initial Automatic Disclosure Regime of Federal Rule 26, Conn. Lawyer (May 1996)
  • Can You Recover Exemplary (Double) Damages Under FLSA and CMWA?  (CBA Employment Quarterly 2010)
  • Determining Who Has a Claim in Shareholder Derivative Suits (Connecticut Law Tribune 2009)

James F. Sullivan

P: 860-525-3101 x233
F: 860-247-4201
jfs@hksflaw.com
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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • State of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Education

  • J.D. The University of Connecticut School of Law (Honors)
  • M.A. The University of Connecticut (Honors)
  • B.A. (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) Boston College

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