Joseph P. Sullivan

Joseph P. Sullivan

Partner

Office: IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6559 F: 312.781.6630

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Joe has extensive experience litigating product liability, transportation, asbestos, construction defect, professional liability and employment liability matters. He has been involved in the defense of a wide variety of toxic tort cases for 25 years, including single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff claims. He has taken cases to trial in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Michigan successfully defending his clients.

Practices

  • Represent a major oil company regarding release of gasoline from an underground storage tank (UST) resulting in litigations involving EPA and state’s attorney general including claims of property damage and personal injury from explosions and fires as a result of gas vapor intrusion into homes
  • Defended catastrophic injury case involving double amputation from paper recycling baler
  • Litigated wrongful death case resulting from improper maintenance on a street cleaning truck
  • Defeated breach of warranty action involving fires on two tractor trailers
  • Represented insurance broker on negligent failure to bind allegations in personal injury matter
  • Defended case of electrocution with resulting amputation from contact with a utility line while using a rental lift
  • Obtained defense verdict in consolidated asbestos case involving five plaintiffs in one of the first asbestos cases tried in Delaware County, Pennsylvania
  • Won directed defense verdict against first plaintiff in consolidated two-plaintiff case in Philadelphia, and, after two weeks of trial, a defense verdict against the remaining plaintiff
  • Successfully argued a motion to bar the plaintiff’s medical expert testimony in regards to client in Illinois mesothelioma case, resulting in dismissal due to lack of causation evidence
  • Successfully represented clients in appeal to the Eighth Circuit in product liability matter regarding a medical device; the court upheld the doctrine that an entity supplying a non-defective raw material or a non-defective component part is not strictly liable for defects in the final product over which it had no control