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

Paul is the managing partner of Zelle’s Boston office. He represents clients in courts around the country in high stakes commercial litigation. His experience includes the representation of insurers in the multi-billion-dollar property damage and time element insurance coverage litigation related to the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Paul has significant experience with property damage and business interruption claims associated with losses at power generation and other commercial facilities. 

In addition to his first party coverage litigation experience, Paul represents insurers in third party coverage litigation and extra-contractual claims, including defense of allegations of bad faith.  

Paul has significant experience representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes outside the insurance context, including antitrust recovery 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

Seattle Tunnel Partners et. al. v. Great Lakes et al. (Representation of insurers in litigation related to $700 million in claims associated with the breakdown of tunnel boring machine under Seattle during SR99 project)

Diamond Ironworks, Inc. v. American Express Company (representation of credit card company in action alleging damages related to Breach of Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, UCC, and Unjust Enrichment) 

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) 

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. Lang Management, Inc. (Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurer in environmental coverage litigation related to contamination of golf course with herbicide) 

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) 

Articles & Presentations

"Civil Authority Coverage for Coronavirus Claims," Zelle Webinar, April 21, 2020, co-presenter

"Manufacturing BI Claims: With or Without Extra Expense," PLRB Claims Conference, April 3, 2019, co-presenter

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

"Applying Ensuing Loss Policy Language to Property Claims," Zelle Insurance Education Webinar Series, March 1, 2016, presenter

"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


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

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