Bradley W. Sullivan


Sacramento, CA


(916) 858-1212



(916) 527-1252

Bradley Sullivan is the Managing Attorney of the Sacramento office of Borton Petrini, LLP. He is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Brad received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University. Brad decided to stay on the Mission Campus to pursue legal studies. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1983.

Brad has over 30 years of experience as a Sacramento lawyer handling cases dealing with agricultural and food safety law, public entity law, land use and environmental, insurance defense matters, including, but not limited to, product liability, transportation, premises liability, automobile and trucking law, and medical malpractice law.

Brad was lead defense counsel on the 2006 Dole Baby Spinach 26-state E. coli outbreak and has defended West Coast growers in most foodborne outbreak illness cases over the past decade.

Other notable cases as a Sacramento lawyer were gaining entitlement approval for the largest photovoltaic solar farm at that time in world, including defending the approval at the California Supreme Court, defending a municipality at trial level and United States Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit on Clean Water Act challenge, and 250 party Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, (Superfund) plaintiffs’ case as well as state and federal administrative remediation proceedings.

Brad has been City Attorney for Sutter Creek, Greenfield, and Hollister. In addition, he has represented various public entities throughout Central California during his legal career, defending cases through trial in both state and federal courts.

Other public entities that Brad has represented include the County of San Benito, Amador Regional Sewer Association, Union Public Utility District, River Pines Public Utility District, and Mark Twain Hospital District.

Brad has an interest in youth academics and sports. He has recently coached high school football at Hollister High School, and previously coached soccer at Select and High School levels.

He has served on the Amador County Unified School District Board of Directors and taught Agriculture Law at Hartnell College, in Salinas, California.


Multiple articles published in the fields of Agricultural Law and Food Safety published in local Farm Bureau and specialty crop periodicals.

Lectures & Seminars:

“Food Liability – New Issues, New Strategies” – 2006 DRI Product Liability Seminar, New Orleans

“Feeding the People Without Getting Eaten Alive” – 2011 DRI Product Liability Seminar, New Orleans, LA

“Screening Tests and Food Safety: Are the Increased Costs Resulting in Safer Products?” 2013 DRI Product Liability Seminar, Washington, DC.

“Assembling The Crisis Management Team in a Recall or Outbreak Situation” – 2008 Southwest Ag Summit, University of Arizona, Yuma, CA

Steinbeck Center Ag Forum, 2007 Food Safety Seminar, moderator, Salinas, CA

“Reducing Risks of Contamination in the Supply Chain: Practical and Tactical Strategies” – ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2008, Phoenix, AZ

“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

“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

“Where Food Regulation & Litigation Meet: Ensuring Compliance with Regulatory Requirements without Creating a Litigation Roadmap” – ACI Advanced Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conf., 2010 Fall Session, Chicago, IL

“Coordination with Other Parties in the Chain of Distribution” – Panel moderator, ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference, 2012, Chicago, IL

“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

“Strict Liability in Food-Borne Illness Setting” University of California Extension Service training session, academic years 2009–2013

“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”

“Litigation Updates” – 2011 Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA,

“FSMA Updates – Proposed Produce Safety Rules and Preventative Controls” – 2013 Western Food Safety Summit, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA,

“What are your Legal Responsibilities” – 2014 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 Grass-fed Cattle National Convention, San Diego, CA,

“FSMA Developments: Lessons Learned from Central Coast Recalls and Outbreaks” San Joaquin County Farm Bureau Federation, Spray Safe Conference, keynote speaker, 2014, Stockton, CA.

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Santa Clara University, School of Law J.D., 1983
Santa Clara University, B.Sc., 1980


State Bar of California, 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts
U.S. Tax Court, 1985

Business and Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Sacramento County Bar Association
San Benito County Bar Association