Dan Sullivan has over 25 years of experience litigating a diverse range of cases on behalf of corporate and institutional clients. He has tried more than 25 matters to verdict, final judgment, or final arbitration decision. He is the immediate past chair of Robinson+Cole's Insurance + Reinsurance Group.
Mr. Sullivan has extensive experience representing insurance companies in complex insurance coverage and extracontractual claims litigation. He has been counsel for insurers in significant cases arising from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. He has litigated cases involving losses to residences and businesses arising from catastrophic fires and explosions, mold contamination, and construction defects as well as claims under liability, marine, boiler and machinery, and builders risk policies.
His experience includes coordinating the investigation, coverage analysis, and litigation regarding claims for damages associated with Chinese-made drywall for a major insurer; representing a commercial property insurer in a case involving a $100 million claim by a publicly traded company for claimed losses arising from an arson fire; and representing an insurance carrier in coverage litigation initiated by a major Roman Catholic archdiocese seeking coverage for a multimillion-dollar settlement with alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.
In addition to his work on significant cases in the Northeast, Mr. Sullivan has successfully litigated coverage matters arising from substantial fire loss claims in the Middle District of Georgia and the Northern District of Alabama and significant claims for storm damage in cases brought in the Southern District of Texas, the Northern District of Florida, and the Eastern District of Louisiana. In one of those matters, he served as part of the trial team in a multimillion-dollar Hurricane Katrina coverage and bad faith case successfully tried to verdict in federal court in New Orleans.
Mr. Sullivan has also represented other businesses in a broad spectrum of litigation. He was lead litigation and trial counsel for an international pharmaceutical company in its initial response to, investigation of, and litigation resulting from an explosion that resulted in serious personal injuries and significant property damage. He has represented financial institutions in challenges to the validity of mortgages and the MERS system. Most recently, he assisted in the successful defense of an actuarial firm in a malpractice case involving a municipal pension system. His other case experience includes the trial and appeal of dissolution and shareholder derivative actions that established the scope of the business judgment rule in Connecticut and a murder case that was a case study on the issue of time of death in Dr. Henry Lee's book Cracking Cases: The Science of Solving Crime.
Mr. Sullivan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Insurance Law since 2006 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) and in Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Insurance Coverage since 2007 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). For ten years, he was a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he developed and taught a graduate-level course in property insurance law. He frequently speaks on insurance and litigation-related issues to bar and industry organizations and provides in-house training sessions to insurance company personnel on coverage issues and trial tactics. Mr. Sullivan previously served as co-chair of the firm's Litigation Section.