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K. James Sullivan Partner

James focuses his practice on counseling and litigating insurance coverage disputes on behalf of insurance policyholders.  He also litigates general business disputes.  Additionally, he counsels corporate clients on designing and administering promotional sweepstakes.  James leads Calfee’s Insurance Recovery Group.

James is one of the 20 Ohio lawyers certified as insurance law specialists by the Ohio State Bar Association. Ohio Super Lawyers ranked James one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio and one of the top 50 lawyers in Cleveland for 2016.  He was recently selected for Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List.”

James represents closely held and publicly traded business clients on a variety of matters. These include providing insurance coverage services to policyholders; litigating contract, business tort, and equitable claims; advising on contract interpretation; and facilitating alternative dispute resolution efforts.  He has litigated in many Ohio appeals and trial courts, as well as numerous federal trial and appeals courts, including the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Pennsylvania, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Eastern District of Missouri, Middle District of Florida, and 8th and 11th Circuits.  Learn more about the legal services James has provided to Calfee clients.

James is the past Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Insurance Law Section as well as the current Chair of its Committee on Mental Health and Wellness.   He speaks and writes regularly, including co-authoring the featured cover article for the American Bar Association’s Winter 2015 issue of “The Brief”; speaking at the American Bar Association’s 2014 and 2015 annual national insurance litigation seminars; and speaking at seminars sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and Akron Bar Association.  He was also selected for “Best Lawyers in America” for Insurance Law.

James’ community involvement includes representing numerous Legal Aid clients pro bono with consistently favorable outcomes and mentoring City of Cleveland high school students.  He is also an alumnus of the 2008 Cleveland Bridge Builders Civic Leadership Program.

James joined Calfee in 2001 and became a partner effective January 1, 2010.  He serves on Calfee’s Marketing Committee, Associates Committee, and Library Committee, and previously served on the firm’s Hiring Committee.  He also serves as a formal and informal mentor to other Calfee attorneys, including twice mentoring first-year lawyers for the Ohio Supreme Court’s year-long Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program.

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