O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss, a litigation law firm located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, has been recognized by its clients and peers for its litigation work and reputation by being named in the 2023 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers®“Best Law Firms” rankings released on November 3, 2022. The firm was awarded a top tier ranking in the Hartford metropolitan region for its work in Commercial Litigationand Insurance Litigation.
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O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss attorneys represent clients in litigation, arbitration, and risk management and risk avoidance. Our commercial litigation practice includes representing businesses and individuals in complex disputes, such as contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, unfair trade practice, unfair competition, misappropriation of trademarks, commercial defamation, as well as securities, investment products and other financial services and financial products litigation.
In our insurance litigation practice, we represent corporate and individual insurance policyholders in insurance disputes to maximize the recovery of insurance coverage and benefits under insurance policies that are intended to protect against exposure to liability damages, expenses and losses, including: director and officer and entity liability, commercial liability, professional errors and omissions liability, business interruption loss, property loss, and disability and life loss. You can learn more about our litigation services here.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss is pleased to congratulate its four shareholders for being recognized as 2022 Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the following practice areas:
William O’Sullivan – Business Litigation
Michael McCormack – Insurance Coverage
Timothy Jensen – Administrative Law
Amy Markim – Employment Litigation: Defense
Super Lawyers® recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in specific practice areas. Selection as a Super Lawyer is based on independent research, peer nomination, and peer evaluations, with inclusion limited to the top 5% of attorneys in various practice areas.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss is proud of the recognition that each of our shareholders has achieved.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss PC is proud to congratulate two attorneys who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®:
Michael McCormack was recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2023 Insurance Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford. This is the first time Mike has received this award. Only a single attorney per practice area in each region with the highest overall feedback from their peers receives this honor. Mike was also named The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Litigation for the sixth consecutive year for his experience representing clients in Insurance Litigation matters.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss congratulates Michael McCormack on his selection as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. As a Fellow, Michael is also a member of the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute, an association of trial lawyers whose primary purpose is to perpetuate, elevate and preserve the art of trial presentation and techniques. The Diversity Law Institute is a nonprofit international association of lawyers and law firms committed to diversity in all aspects of the legal profession and justice systems in the United States and Canada.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss PC is pleased to announce that Amy E. Markim has been elected a Shareholder of the firm. Amy has practiced at OMJB since 2018 after spending the first part of her career at Hinckley Allen. She is an experienced business advisor, litigator, and trial attorney. She regularly counsels and defends employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring and firing, leaves of absence, anti-discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and non-competes. Amy is a talented trial advocate with trial experience in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Amy earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund and has been named a Super Lawyer™ multiple times. Amy currently serves as co-chair of the Hartford County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Committee. She volunteers her time as a youth softball coach and member of the Haddam-Killingworth Little League Board of Directors.
Bill O’Sullivan was a featured speaker at a retreat held by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Litigation Section. As part of the retreat’s Continuing Legal Education program, Bill gave a presentation about recent developments in Connecticut business litigation law.
Bill O’Sullivan was the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Connecticut Bar Association Business Law Section. In his presentation, Bill provided a 2020 “Year in Review” summary of significant decisions by the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court in the realm of business law.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss PC is honored to have been recognized again by its clients and peers for its work and reputation in the Eleventh Edition of U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® listing of Best Law Firms. The firm’s Tier I recognition in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for Litigation-Insurance in the Hartford, Connecticut region is based on an evaluation from clients and peer reviews from leading attorneys. To be eligible for inclusion in “Best Law Firms”, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who has received high enough peer review to be included in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers®. Earlier in 2020, Michael McCormack was selected for inclusion in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers® for his work in insurance litigation and William O’Sullivan was selected for inclusion for his work in commercial litigation. For more information about Best Law Firms, please visit https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss shareholders William O’Sullivan and Michael McCormack were recently named to the list of 2020 Connecticut Super Lawyers for their work on behalf of clients in the areas of business litigation and insurance law, respectively. Bill represents clients in business and property disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes. Michael represents businesses and individuals concerning claims for recovery of insurance benefits under various types of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, commercial property, director and officer liability, professional liability, life, disability and title insurance. He also counsels businesses on their insurance portfolios and risk management issues. This is the tenth consecutive year in which Bill has been recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer, and Michael has been so recognized for eight consecutive years. For more information on the selection process, please visit https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html
Michael McCormack’s article Will your insurance cover coronavirus-related losses, lawsuits was published in the April 6, 2020 edition of the Hartford Business Journal. The article addresses the various types of insurance coverage that businesses should consider for claims and losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael was also quoted on this issue in an April 10 article in the Hartford Courant addressing insurance coverage issues small-businesses face arising from loss of business income from government ordered shutdowns.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss PC is honored to have been recognized by its clients and peers for its work and reputation in the Tenth Edition of U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® listing of Best Law Firms in the area of insurance litigation. The firm’s Tier I recognition in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for Litigation-Insurance in the Hartford, Connecticut region is based on an evaluation from clients and peer reviews from leading attorneys. To be eligible for inclusion in “Best Law Firms”, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who has received high enough peer review to be included in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers®. Earlier in 2019, Michael McCormack was selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers® for his work in insurance litigation. For more information about Best Law Firms, please visit bestlawfirms.usnews.com
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss attorney Amy Markim was a panelist at Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Business of Law Program, part of the law school’s Bridge to Practice Series for recent and soon-to-be graduates. Amy, who is a 2008 graduate of QUSL, provided the attendees with real-world practice insights, such as tips for surviving the first few months of practice, time management, and marketing.
Attorney Michael McCormack was selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers of America in the area of insurance litigation. Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer review publications in the legal profession. Lawyers included in the Best Lawyers of America are selected based on an exhaustive peer review process which includes lawyers evaluating their peers with more than 62,000 lawyers named as Best Lawyers from more than 8 million votes, which is approximately 5% of the lawyers in private practice in the United States. This is the third year in which Michael has been recognized in Best Lawyers for his experience representing clients in insurance litigation matters. For more information about Best Lawyers, please visit www.bestlawyers.com.
Attorneys William O’Sullivan and Michael McCormack were appointed to the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Section. Bill and Michael continue their service on the Executive Committee. Bill recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Litigation Section. Michael was also appointed to another term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association Insurance Law Section. He is a former chair of the Insurance Law Section and has been actively involved with the section for many years.
Attorney William O’Sullivan’s article Business Litigation: 2018 in Review was released by the Connecticut Bar Journal. This is the tenth consecutive year in which Bill’s annual summary of case developments in business litigation from the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court has been accepted for publication in the Connecticut Bar Journal, a publication of the Connecticut Bar Association. Bill’s article will appear in Volume 93, Number 3 of the Connecticut Bar Journal.
O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss congratulates our former shareholder and friend, Raymond Bliss on his retirement from the practice of law. Ray practiced law for thirty-five years, twenty which were with O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss PC (formally Baker O’Sullivan & Bliss PC). His focus was on bankruptcy, commercial law and small business formation. We wish Ray well in his retirement.
Attorney Michael McCormack spoke at an insurance law presentation sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association Insurance Law Section at the Connecticut Legal Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Michael and the other panelist addressed issues insurance policy conditions in various types of insurance policy and the risks associated with not complying with insurance policy conditions when seeking coverage for insurance claims under various types of insurance policies.
Attorney Michael McCormack obtained a judgment in favor of O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss’s client denying an insurance company’s claims for damages for alleged bailment and negligence arising from a fire at the client’s facility. The insurance company was contractually required to pay property damage to its insured after the insured’s property stored at the client’s facility was damaged in the fire. After paying the insured’s claim, the insurance company filed litigation against our client to recover the insurance proceeds it was required to pay, claiming that the fire was caused by the negligence of O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss’s client and that the client owed a heightened duty to the insured as an alleged bailee of the insured’s property. After a trial on the merits, the court denied the insurance company’s claims in their entirety and entered judgment in favor of the firm’s client.
Attorney Michael McCormack spoke at the Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Retreat in Chatham, Massachusetts on insurance issues for litigators. Michael’s presentation addressed various types of claims that arise in lawsuits which may or may not be covered under various types of insurance policies, including personal liability, commercial general liability, professional liability, and director and officer insurance policies. William O’Sullivan also attended and spoke briefly at the retreat as Chair of the Litigation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.