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SAC Names Sullivan & Lovich Partners



SAC Names Barry Sullivan and Richard Lovich Partners

Both to Assume Expanded Roles in Management of Firm, Expansion of Practice

Partners left to right: George Colman, Joy Stephenson-Laws, Barry Sullivan and Richard Lovich

September 11, 2013 (Burbank, CA)-The Law offices of Stephenson, Acquisto and Colman (SAC), a nationally recognized healthcare reimbursement law firm,has named, Barry Sullivan,  head of SAC’s Litigation Department, and Richard Lovich, Managing Litigation Attorney,  partners in the firm.   Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Lovich each have been with SAC for over 8 years and have been practicing law for a combined total of over 50 years.

“Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Lovich have both demonstrated exceptional abilities in the area of health care litigation and have contributed greatly to the growth and success of the firm”said Joy Stephenson-Laws, founding and managing partner of the California based firm with more than 100 employees.  “I look forward to Rich and Barry playing a key role in helping to shape the firm’s future.”

Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Lovich will undertake expanded managerial roles at the firm,while overseeing expansion of the firm and ensuring that SAC’s clients continue to benefit from the firm’s rich experience in health care law.

Mr. Lovich has been a trial lawyer for 29 years. Since 1995, he has held a Preeminent A-V rating, the highest possible peer review rating, granted by Martindale-Hubbell, the prestigious national legal directory. He has been named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” and was listed as a “Top Rated Lawyer-Healthcare” in the October 2012 issues of Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer magazines.  He is a Certified National Institute of Trial Advocates (NITA) instructor, and is certified by the California state bar as a provider of continuing legal education programs. Finally, he has served as a superior court-appointed arbitrator on more than 150 judicial arbitrations.He joined SAC in 2005 as senior trial counsel and is currently the Managing Litigation Attorney.While with SAC, he has tried or arbitrated well over 100 cases and has been involved in the successful prosecution of virtually all health care reimbursement issues.

“While I have been trying cases of all kinds for thirty years, representing the healthcare provider community is by far the most fulfilling work I have ever done,”said Richard Lovich. “In addition, having the opportunity to work with SAC, the preeminent healthcare litigation firm; learning from and working alongside Joy, George, and Vince, each one an institution in healthcare law, has been an immeasurable honor.”

Mr. Sullivan has practiced law for 25 years and specializes in all phases of complex business litigation.  Prior to joining Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman in 2005, Mr. Sullivan worked in various AmLaw 100 firms culminating with an eleven year stay at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter& Hampton in Los Angeles. During the Persian Gulf War, he served as a naval intelligence officer aboard U.S.S. Tarawa which was the flagship for the U.S. Navy’s and Marine Corps’ Amphibious Group Three during that war.

Mr. Sullivan currently heads Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman’s Litigation Department.  In that capacity he spearheads the firm’s strategic and tactical efforts at the trial court and appellate levels on behalf of California’s health care provider community.  During his career, Mr. Sullivan has represented such varied institutional clients as The Gillette Company, State Compensation Insurance Fund, ARCO Products Company, and Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. and, of course, most of California’s leading hospitals.  At Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman, Mr. Sullivan has assembled an enviable record at the appellate level, including such cases as Marin General Hospital v. Modesto & Empire Traction Co., 581 F.3rd941 (9thCir. 2009), Catholic Healthcare West Bay Area v. Seafarers Health & Benefits Plan, No. 07-15281, 2008 WL 4951648 (9thCir. Nov. 18, 2008), and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center v. National League of Postmasters of the United States, 497 F.3rd972 (9thCir. 2007).

“I am honored being named a partner at Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman.  Joy, Vince, and George welcomed me eight years ago with open arms, and gave me a great place to practice complex business litigation,” said Barry Sullivan.”My hope is that this new phase in my career will be one which reinforces Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman’s reputation as the pre-eminent law firm for health care providers in their disputes with health plans.”

About Stephenson, Acquisto and Colman

The Law Offices of Stephenson Acquisto & Colman, or SAC, is the leader in healthcare reimbursement law and has been representing the healthcare provider community in California since 1989.  Our seasoned litigators and legal practitioners place our clients first and provide clients with innovative solutions that ensure the appropriate reimbursement.  SAC prides itself on being one of the most automatedlaw firmsin the nation with the ability to generate customized reports, as well as to send and receive electronic records securely through our next generation extranet portal, SACLink. Our dynamic, full-time professional team includeshealthcareattorneys, nurses, and physicians who possess vast experience in all areas of law related to healthcare provider reimbursement issues.

SAC has been growing for quite a few years increasing its attorney count to 20 in 2013.  To accommodate its growth, SAC recently completed expansion of its Burbank offices in June.

SAC’s extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry has lead to the development of specialized litigation and recovery services that optimize results for clients. For more information visit



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