James P. Cullen, Jr.


James P. (Jim) Cullen joined Methfessel & Werbel as a partner in 2021.  Prior to this, Mr. Cullen exclusively practiced in subrogation, for 28 years at Cozen O’Connor, where he was a shareholder.

Jim graduated cum laude from Villanova University and summa cum laude from University of Dayton, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Law Review.  He attended both institutions on academic scholarships.  Upon graduation, he joined Cozen’s Subrogation Department and focused his practice on the prosecution of construction defect, explosion, flood and product liability claims.  He has handled all types of subrogation cases from residential losses, to the Times Square Collapse (1998), Danvers/CAI explosion (2006), Boston Back Bay/Beacon St Fire (2014), and Merrimack Valley/Columbia Gas Explosion (2018).

Jim has arbitrated, mediated and tried cases in both state and federal court throughout the Eastern United States.  He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In OneBeacon Ins. Group v. RSC Corp., 69 Mass. App. Ct. 409, 868 N.E.2d 644,  he obtained the first reported jury verdict for code upgrades and established as a matter of law the recoverability of code upgrade expenses in Massachusetts.

Jim has been certified as an Arbitrator by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and has served as a Chairman of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).  He is a frequent lecturer on subrogation issues to include Basic and Advanced Theories of Recovery, Discovery of Electronic Data, Daubert, Implied Co-Insured Issues, Expert Reporting and Evidence Preservation/Spoliation. Jim has presented to the Loss Executive Association’s Annual Convention; NASP’s Annual Convention and various Chapter Meetings; the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), and New England Claims Association, as well as conducted numerous private client seminars.

Jim is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, a college-preparatory school for low-income students, where he served on the Governance and Executive Committees, and the proud father of three sons.  Pro bono interests include Autism advocacy and Veteran’s rights.