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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


60 Maple Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 912, Morristown, NJ 07963-0912

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Automobile
  • Arson
  • Bad Faith
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Dram Shop
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • Excess and Umbrella
  • First and Third Party Matters
  • Homeowners
  • No-Fault
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Fraud Investigations and Restitution Actions

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About Us

Sullivan and Graber serves as defense counsel to major national and international insurance companies doing business in New Jersey and New York. We offer our clients skilled, aggressive, responsive and efficient legal services in all areas of insurance law.

In addition to general casualty work, we are recognized as a leader in the specialty practice of insurance fraud. We use innovative techniques, advanced technology and hard work to fight insurance fraud. Our firm pioneered the use of large declaratory judgment actions to combat large fraud schemes involving multiple claims including actions against fraudulent medical providers and participants in staged automobile accident rings. We have utilized intervention motions to protect insurance companies against collusive lawsuits. We have helped carriers use the provisions in their own policies as effective weapons to defeat fraudulent claims.

We provide timely and succinct coverage opinions to primary and excess insurance companies. Our coverage work includes duty to defend analysis, bad faith claims, contractual coverage, policy conditions, fiduciary responsibility, first party coverage litigation, business interruption coverage and mass plaintiff and toxic tort cases.

We have extensive experience litigating insurance claims in all courts. Our firm includes certified civil trial attorneys.

With offices conveniently located in Morristown, New Jersey and New York City, we are easily accessible and available to meet with individuals personally. New Jersey counties that we practice in include but are not limited to Hudson, Essex, Union, Morris, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Bergen, Passaic, Warren, Sussex, Monmouth and Mercer. In New York City, we practice in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, and the counties of Westchester and Rockland. For further information about our insurance defense, coverage and fraud law practice, please contact us today.

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Additional Locations

  • New York, New York
  • 33 West 60th Street, 4th Floor
  • New York, New York 10023
    • Telephone: 347-618-5987

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Members of the Firm


James F. Sullivan

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Morris County (Chairman, Civil Practice Committee) Bar Associations
  • Worrall F. Mountain American Inn of Court (Master)
Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Trial Attorney Certification
Education:
  • College of the Holy Cross, A.B., 1972
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1975

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Gordon S. Graber

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
Additional Biographical Details:

Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown (Attorney-Trustee, 1990-1994); Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (Trustee, 2004-Present); Morris County Assistant Prosecutor, 1978-1980

Memberships:
  • American, New Jersey State, New York State and Morris County (Trustee, 2003-2007) Bar Associations
  • New Jersey Supreme Court District X (Chair, Ethics Committee, 1993-1994)
  • Morris County Bar Foundation (Trustee, 2010-Present)
Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Trial Certification
  • Approved R. 1:40 New Jersey Superior Court Mediator
Education:
  • University of Rochester, B.A. (with distinction), 1973
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1977
Clerkship:
Law Secretary to New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Thuring, 1977-1978

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Lee Scott Befeler

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

Frequent Lecturer to Insurance Industry

Memberships:
  • Morris County Bar Association
Certifications:
  • Approved Mediator for Superior Court under R. 1:40
Education:
  • Bennington College, B.A., 1984
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1987
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli, Law Division, Hudson County, 1987-1988

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Associates



Christine C. Ryan

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2012
  • New York
Education:
  • Rutgers College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2001
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2012
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruno Mongiardo, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, 2012-2013

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Danyelle H. Golland

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2013
Education:
  • American University, School of Public Affairs, B.A., 2008
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 2012
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Reisner, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, 2012-2013; Law Clerk to the Honorable Jerome St. John, J.A.D., Appellate Division, State of New Jersey, 2013-2014

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Rafael A. Llano

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2015
Education:
  • Western New England University, B.A. Political Science (cum laude), 2011
  • Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 2014

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Kelly Sherwood

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2011
  • New York, 2012
Memberships:
  • Sussex County Bar Association (Trustee)
Education:
  • University of Scranton, B.A., 2008
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2011

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James F. Sullivan, Jr.

Morristown, NJ

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • New York, 2009
Memberships:
  • Morris County Bar Association
Education:
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 2002
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 2008
Language:
  • Mandarin Chinese

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