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TIMOTHY A. KULP

EDUCATION

Timothy A. Kulp received his Juris Doctorate from Chicago – Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1977. He graduated with honors and was a member of the Law Review. He received a B.A., with a major in Economics from Washington and Jefferson College in 1973.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Mr. Kulp was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois in October, 1977. He was admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in January, 1983. Mr. Kulp is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

DISTINCTIONS

  • AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 rating by Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory.
  • 2015 – 2013 – Super Lawyer in the area of personal injury defense.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Top Rated Lawyers in Transportation Law in the Nation, 2015 – 2013.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Top Rated Lawyers in Litigation in the Nation, 2015 – 2014.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law in the Nation, 2015 – 2014.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.
  • Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Committee Hearing Officer.
  • A member of The National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
  • Guest lecturer for Pennsylvania’s continuing educational requirements for lawyers.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION / EXPERIENCE

Timothy A. Kulp has thirty-eight (38) years of defense litigation experience. After graduating from law school, Mr. Kulp remained in Chicago and spent the first six (6) years of his career in practice before the Illinois State and Federal Courts. He still maintains his Illinois license. While in Chicago, Mr. Kulp represented the insurance industry in all aspects of litigation from both an “in-house” perspective as well as in private practice. He argued before the Illinois Appellate Court on the then leading case on the issue of pre-judgment and post-judgment interest pursuant to the Illinois Civil Practice Act. Timothy has also successfully argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on the constitutionality of various provisions of the Illinois Dram Shop Act.

After returning to his native Pennsylvania, Mr. Kulp was Senior Trial Attorney for SEPTA following which he worked for many years as in-house counsel for Cigna and as managing attorney and senior trial attorney for Royal Insurance Company. After entering private practice, he continued to engage in general insurance defense matters wherein he represented and advised various syndicates of Lloyd’s of London and their insureds and various regional insurance carriers. Nine (9) years ago, he joined his wife Dolores in private practice. In the last several years Tim has successfully tried dozens of permanent disability claims.

Tim has a broad base of experience in the defense of common carrier and trucking accidents. Tim also has extensive experience in Dram Shop litigation and premises liability. He has represented many “trendy” Philly clubs on Philadelphia’s Delaware Avenue and Vine Street club strips, involving all types of personal injury claims arising from premises liability, assaults, and Dram Shop matters.

Mr. Kulp has significant experience in construction and property damage claims including personal injury and subrogation claims resulting from fire and water losses. He has also developed unique expertise in dealing with first party claims wherein allegations of arson and fraud have justified denial of major property damage claims.

Mr. Kulp has briefed and argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts and the Federal District Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In Canal Insurance Company v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, 435 F.3d 431 (3rd Cir. 2006), Mr. Kulp successfully argued the application of the personal use exception to an independent trucker’s liability policy. In 19th Street Baptist Church v. Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 2003 WL 22849592 (E.D. Pa. 2003), Mr. Kulp represented the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania involving federal civil rights claims dating back to a Will and Trust Agreement from the 1800’s. (Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss was granted and the complaint was thereafter refiled in State Court.) In Applebaum v. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., 226 F.3d 214 (3rd Cir. 2000), Mr. Kulp successfully argued at the Federal District Court level on behalf of a dealership in a dispute concerning the wording of an early Termination Agreement in a standard Nissan Lease Agreement on the basis it violated the Consumer Protection Laws. In Novey v. Berry, 1990 WL 59347 (E.D. Pa. 1990), Mr. Kulp successfully obtained summary judgment based on the statute of limitations defense. In Capuzzi v. Heller, 558 A.2d 596 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1989), Mr. Kulp was granted judgment on the pleadings involving both non-fatal and fatal injuries arising from an automobile accident under a negligent entrustment theory against a vocational technical school on the basis that damages against the school under the negligent entrustment theory were precluded under the vehicle exception to governmental immunity. In Cipresso v. Dear, 1987 WL 14641 (E.D. Pa. 1987), Mr. Kulp received a defense verdict and successfully defended post trial motions in a case involving personal injuries arising from the operation of a golf cart which allegedly tilted, causing the plaintiff’s leg to stick out in an effort to balance the cart where the allegations were based upon defects in the course and the cart.