Brad Sullivan

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 has received a new Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating. He has joined a select group of lawyers recognized for their legal ability and professional ethical standards. He is the only Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated attorney in San Benito County.
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, 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 has been involved in most major food borne illness outbreaks on the West Coast over the past fifteen years, as well as representing clients in recalls and market withdrawals that did not result in illnesses.

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 sessions in Food Safety and on the Brown Act and conflict of interest law for the California School Boards Association, teaches Agriculture Law at Hartnell College and local agency staff and has been a speaker at the League of California Cities. He is a fifth generation Californian, whose family still owns one of the state’s oldest family farms – Jack Tone Ranch. He enjoys bicycling and sports.

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


  • “REGULATORY PANEL: Regulation, Advocacy & Legal” – Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit, 2015, Gonzalez, CA
  • “Food Safety Liability; Your Exposure in Today’s Market Place” – with Western Growers, Southwest AG Summit, 2015, Yuma, AZ
  • “A New Reality: Food Safety Enforcement, Violations and Prosecution” – with E. Soren Diaz, 2015, Ag Safe Conference, Monterey, CA
  • “What Goes on During a Recall or Outbreak: A Demonstration of the ‘Moving Parts’ “ – presentation with John Massa, ComGro, Trevor Suslow, UC Agriculture Extension, Susan Pheasant, Hartnell College, Dan Flynn, Editor, Food Safety News and Michael Needham, California Department of Public Health, 2015, World Ag Expo, Tulare, CA
  • “Preparing for More Frequent FDA Inspections: Top 5 Steps to Strengthen Operations throughout your Supply Chain to Minimize Litigation Exposure” – ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2014, San Francisco, CA
  • “What are your Legal Responsibilities” – 2014 Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
  • “FSMA Developments: Lessons Learned from Central Coast Recalls and Outbreaks” San Joaquin County Farm Bureau Federation, Spray Safe Conference, keynote speaker, 2014
  • “Screening Tests and Food Safety: Are the Increased Costs Resulting in Safer Products?” 2013 DRI Product Liability Seminar, Washington, DC
  • “Strict Liability in Food Borne Illness Setting” University of California Extension Service training sessions, academic years 2009 – 2013
  • “FSMA Updates – Proposed Produce Safety Rules and Preventative Controls” – 2013 Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
  • “Minimizing Shareholder And Reputational Risk Before, During And After An Incident”, and “Assembling The Crisis Management Team” – Three hour presentation 2013 American Grassfed Cattle National Convention
  • “Coordination with Other Parties in the Chain of Distribution” – Panel moderator, ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2012, Chicago, IL
  • “Feeding the People Without Getting Eaten Alive” – 2011 DRI Product Liability Seminar, New Orleans, LA
  • “Litigation Updates” – 2011 Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
  • “Where Food Regulation & Litigation Meet: Ensuring Compliance with Regulatory Requirements Without Creating a Litigation Roadmap” – ACI Advanced Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2010 Fall Session, Chicago, IL
  • “Advanced Strategies for Tackling the Underlying Science and Defending Against Complex Food Contamination Claims” – ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2010 Spring Session, Chicago, IL
  • “Presentation with William D. “Bill” Marler at the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences on Food Safety and Litigation. 2009
  • “Assessing Causal Link and Disproving Liability In an Era of Improved National Surveillance, Increased Outbreaks, Enhanced Media/Public Scrutiny, and a Growing Number of Claims” – ACI Food-Borne Illness Litigation Conference, 2009, Chicago, IL
  • “Grower Issues in Food Safety Litigation – Tort and Contractual Liability” 2008 Seattle University School of Law’s conference, “Who’s Minding the Store – The Current State of Food Safety and How It Can Be Improved”
  • “Assembling The Crisis Management Team in a Recall or Outbreak Situation” – 2008 Southwest Ag Summit, University of Arizona, Yuma, AZ
  • “Reducing Risks of Contamination in the Supply Chain: Practical and Tactical Strategies” – ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2008, Phoenix, AZ
    Steinbeck Center Ag Forum, 2007 Food Safety Seminar, Moderator, Salinas, CA
  • “Food Liability – New Issues, New Strategies” – 2006 DRI Product Liability Seminar, co-presenters were David J. Herman, Esq., Sr. Director of Claims, Senior Counsel GMA/FPA and William D. Marler, Partner Marler Clark
  • Presentations listed above have also been given to multiple county Farm Bureau and specialty agriculture associations/organizations

Civic Involvement

  • Cornell University, Product Safety Alliance, Board of Advisors (2009 – present)
  • Hartnell College, Agriculture Business & Technology, Board of Advisors (2013 – present); Adjunct Professor (2015 – present)
  • Grower – Shipper Association of Central California, Food Safety Committee (2004 – present)
  • Hollister High School, freshman football coach (2014 – present)
  • Northwest Horticulture Council, on-call food safety attorney (2008 – present)
  • UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, guest lecturer on food safety items (2004 – present)
  • California Youth Soccer Association, Member, Board of Directors, (1994 – 2002
  • Amador County Unified School District, High School soccer coach (1997 – 2003); Board of Trustees (2002 – 2004)
  • Sierra Nevada Alliance, Advisory Board Member (1998 – 2008)
  • Historic Knight & Co., Ltd., Board of Directors (1992 – 1997)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Vestry Member (Board of Directors) (1992 – 1995, 1997 – 2000)