Brad Sullivan

Managing Attorney

Hollister Office
Phone: 831.630.9444
Fax: 831.754.2011

Practice Areas

  • California Environmental Quality Act Review, Compliance and Litigation Foodborne Illness Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Land Use Entitlement and Planning
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation


  • JD, Santa Clara University, 1983
  • BS, Santa Clara University, 1980

Brad is the Manager of L+G's Hollister office, overseeing a variety of business and litigation matters in San Benito County. In addition, Brad is a member of the litigation team at L+G, having been involved in more than fifty jury trials, successfully representing individuals, corporations and public agencies not only on the Central Coast, but state-wide and nationally in the area of food safety and foodborne illness litigation.

His civil trial experience includes food safety (product liability) issues, professional negligence, products liability, construction defect, writ of mandate, land use, environmental contamination and commercial litigation. He has also tried cases in state and federal courts relating to the California Environmental Quality Act, United States Clean Water Act and EPA-CERCLA Superfund matters. Brad's litigation successes include the case of Russell Evett v. City of Sutter Creek, where he successfully helped to define the scope of a citizen's action under the United States Clean Water Act in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining L+G, Brad spent more than twenty years in general civil practice and as the City Attorney for Sutter Creek. He has provided special and general counsel services to other public agencies such as River Pines Public Utility District, Union Public District, Mace Meadows Community Services District and the Bear Valley Sewer and Water Districts.

Brad received his Juris Doctor Degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983. Prior to law school, Brad studied at Brigham Young University and subsequently graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Economics. In addition to his legal career, Brad conducts training session on the Brown Act and conflict of interest law for the California School Boards Association and local agency staff and is a frequent speaker at the League of California Cities.

A fifth-generation Central Californian, Brad began his education at the Monterey Peninsula College, where he was an All-Coast Conference football player. In his spare time, Brad continues his love of sports by assisting with youth sports programs.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California State Bar - 1983
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • "Preventative Measures to Protect Against Liability Relating to Food-Borne Illness"
    Coastal Grower Magazine, Spring 2004
  • "Avoiding Malpractice Suite: Common Sense Tips"
    Coastal Grower Magazine, Spring 1990
  • "National Practitioner's Date Book: Effect on Practice of Healthcare Quality Supplement Act"
    Physicians and Surgeons Magazine, Fall 1986


  • California Cattlemen's Association - panelist,
  • California League of California Cities - panelist,
  • Participation on selected panels
    - Director, "Casinos Represent A Poor Solution"
    - Environment Now, Agricultural-Urban Interface
    - Panelist addressing inadequacies of Right to Farm ordinances
    and impacts on each other's uses

Civic Involvement

  • Amador County Unified School District, Member, Board of Trustees, 2003-2004
  • California Youth Soccer Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1994-2002
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