Profile of Timothy R. Sullivan

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile attorney and Consulting Editor of CEB’s new Property Insurance book Timothy R. Sullivan:

CEB: What are your practice areas and how/why did you choose or start in your practice area?
Tim: I started in insurance defense because I wanted to be in court.When I got out of law school, I had never even heard of insurance coverage. My firm asked me to work in coverage, and I really enjoy it. Now my practice is dedicated to insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Over the years, I have been fortunate to be able to represent both policyholders and insurers. Our practice has grown to include both first party and third party claims under a wide range of policy types, so in that respect, my practice area is still evolving.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Tim: I don’t want to sound like Charlie Sheen, but I like winning. I also think coverage attorneys get to see the most interesting cases and characters, with fact patterns that sound like law school exams. Some of the most creative arguments are made to try to trigger coverage. I like the fact that I have to learn something new every day. What I like least is having to account for my day in 6-minute increments. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Helen Leah Conroy

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Helen Leah Conroy:

CEB: What are your practice areas and how/why did you choose or start in your practice area?
Helen: I negotiate transactions for and with internet service and media companies. Some are agreements with vendors providing traditional services, in many instances, outsourced; others involve internet-based services in support of operations (e.g., payment processing, billing and collections, etc.). I also negotiate agreements dealing with internet content, both on the provider and the publishing side, as well as agreements for software-as-a-service.  I was a commercial litigator for 15 years, trying cases involving software channel/distribution disputes. I figured it would be a lot more fun to negotiate clearly drafted agreements that are carefully thought through, than to fight over poorly drafted ones (the only ones that are ever litigated). I was right. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Jeffrey D. Wohl

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Jeffrey Wohl:

CEB: What are your practice areas and how/why did you choose or start in your practice area?

Jeff: I’ve practiced management-side employment law my entire career, with occasional forays into commercial and civil rights litigation and transactional work. I also served as the General Counsel of my prior law firm, which made me something of a generalist. (Having lawyers as clients certainly kept me on my toes.) Employment law provides everything that a great law practice should have: interesting cases and characters; law that is always developing; and the opportunity to work with clients from a wide range of industries and endeavors. I can’t think of a field with a broader impact on people than employment law. And, as a junior lawyer coming up the ranks, employment law (which, in those days, meant single-plaintiff wrongful termination and discrimination cases) gave me the opportunity–in spades–to run my own cases. As a result, I grew up professionally very quickly. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Cynthia E. Fruchtman

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Cynthia Fruchtman:

CEB: What are your practice areas and how/why did you choose or start in your practice area?

Cynthia: I started my practice as a civil litigator.  Although I was successful in employment defense, my employer clients kept getting sued, so I expanded into labor and employment compliance. I also have an assisted reproduction practice in which I represent egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donors, agencies, medical practitioners, and infertile people who want to have families, which is an outgrowth of my first career as a cytogeneticist and my ongoing service on various bioethics committees. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Arnold Levinson

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Arnold Levinson:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Arnie: My practice focuses exclusively on insurance bad faith matters. I represent insureds that have been denied their coverage, and justice, by the big insurance companies. While I came upon the practice by happenstance, I quickly decided it was my calling. I love being in a cutting-edge area of litigation where we can make change for the better, obtain justice for individuals, and work to bring balance to the profit-driven interests of many insurers. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Leslie A. Baxter

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Leslie Baxter:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Leslie: I practice real estate and business law.  Before law school, I worked in the urban redevelopment field, so real estate and business law was a natural fit.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law? Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Alexander H. Lubarsky

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Alex Lubarsky:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Alex: My firm started as an immigration firm handling deportation defense because I had lived for a period of time in Northern Argentina and learned Spanish. We now offer criminal defense and debtor-side bankruptcy and have grown in the Asian and Russian communities due to attorneys and paralegals who are natives from those areas climbing aboard with us. I am a tech geek and have a concurrent career as an electronic discovery consultant.

CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?

Alex: California Criminal Law and Procedure – it has clarified what was a new and nebulous area of law. I study it before almost every appearance in the criminal courts. The forms manual companion has saved me (and my client) more than once. Continue reading

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