James W. Sullivan

Practice Areas

  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals


  • JD, Stanford University, 1974
  • BA, Harvard University, 1970


Jim, the manager of the L+G Labor Department, brings more than thirty years of experience as a civil litigator and specialist in labor relations.

Jim has handled numerous labor disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practices and other workplace related lawsuits. Jim has extensive experience in handling agricultural-related crises, including but not limited to food safety issues.

Jim worked as a staff attorney for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board prior to L+G. In 1984, he became vice-president and group general counsel of Castle & Cook Fresh Vegetables, Incorporated, where he was responsible for a full range of legal matters related to this agricultural company, including labor planning in acquisitions and divestitures. From 1988 through 1998, Jim headed the Labor Department for Gilles, Minor and Sullivan, representing employers before state and federal courts.

Jim received his Juris Doctorate in 1974 from Stanford Law School, where he received the Hilman Oehlmann, Jr. Award for excellence in legal writing. Jim graduated from Harvard University cum laude in Government in 1970.

Jim is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar and the Monterey County Bar Association. He is a widely respected lecturer on issues of employment and in his spare time enjoys cycling, hiking and scuba diving.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California – 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Publications and Websites

  • “Recent Reforms Leave “Sue Your Boss” Intact”
    Coastal Grower Magazine, Winter 2004


  • Legal Updates for California Agricultural Employers (1997-2002)
  • Legal Updates for Employees (1996-1998)
  • Effective Responses to Union Organizing (1996)
  • At-Will Programs After the California Supreme Court’s Recent Dore Decision
  • Lorman Seminars – Employment Law (various years)

Initiatives and Accomplishments

  • Coastal Berry v. Agricultural Labor Relations Board (held that strike misconduct was not protected by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board)
  • United Farm Workers of America (Severo Pasillas), (held that the UFW revoked membership and caused the discharge of employees without affording them due process).

Civic Involvement

  • Santa Clara County, Citizens Advisory Committee – Housing and Community Development
  • Planned Parenthood of Monterey County
  • Legal Aid, Monterey County
  • Pacific Grove Recreation League, Youth Soccer and Basketball
  • Pacific Grove Pony Baseball
  • ACTION Council of Monterey County – Board Member
  • Grower Shipper Association – Labor Panel