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Paul Sullivan
Partner
Boston
161 Worcester Road
Suite 502
Framingham MA 01701
TEL: (781) 466-0734
FAX: (781) 466-0701
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Paul Sullivan

Paul handles a variety of complex litigation matters with an emphasis in insurance coverage.  He was a member of the team that represented a major property insurer in the multi-billion dollar coverage and subrogation litigation related to the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Paul was involved from start to finish, nearly 100 hearing days, in the appraisal of the property and time element losses associated with the destruction of the World Trade Center.  Given the high stakes, the appraisal process dealt with nearly every conceivable construction and property insurance coverage issue. For a description of the World Trade Center appraisal process, See "Appraising the 9/11 Damages to the World Trade Center," Dispute Resolution Journal, August/October 2007 issue. 

Upon settlement of the World Trade Center insurance coverage litigation, Paul became involved in the negotiation of damages issues in the multi-billion subrogation action related to the losses sustained on September 11, 2001. The litigation settled for $1.2 billion, reportedly the largest subrogation recovery ever obtained.  Based on these experiences, Paul has developed considerable expertise in the analysis and presentation of complex damages issues. 

In addition to his first party coverage experience, Paul has also successfully represented insurers in third party coverage litigation, including environmental and contractor claims, and extra-contractual claims, including defense of allegations of bad faith.  Paul also has significant experience in antitrust and class action cases.

Prior to entering private practice, Paul served for five years as an assistant prosecuting attorney. In that position, he was responsible for the prosecution of serious felonies, including homicides, and tried over 20 cases to juries.

Representative Matters

Laureate Education, Inc. v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (Obtained partial summary judgment in insurance coverage litigation of complex valuation issues related to $10.6 million Chilean earthquake claim)

Allianz Insurance Company v. World Trade Center Properties LLC (insurance coverage action and related appraisal involving destruction of World Trade Center complex on 9/11 and claims in excess of $7 billion for property damage and time element losses)

Port Authority 9/11 Litigation (insurance coverage action and appraisal relating to multi-billion dollar insurance claims made by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for property damage and business interruption caused by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack)

In re September 11 Property Damage and Business Loss Litigation, United States District Court, Southern District of New York ($2 billion subrogation action from 9/11 terrorist attack)

Royal Insurance Company of America v. Kerramerican, Inc. (represented liability insurer in multi-million dollar environmental coverage litigation)

Technical Papers Corp. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (Obtained summary judgment for insurer on negligence, negligent misrepresentation and bad faith claims by insured seeking recovery in excess of stated policy limits)

Articles & Presentations

"Contra Proferentem Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Against the Insurer’," Insurance Law360, June 21, 2016, co-author

"A Review of Ensuing Loss Case Law: 2010 to Present," ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's The Brief, Spring 2014, co-author

Professional Affiliations

Noteworthy

Paul was named a Rising Star by Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2007.

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