Timothy J. O’Sullivan, the former Executive Director and Counsel for the New York Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, was awarded the prestigious Isaac Hecht Award for 2019 during the NCPO’s Fall Workshop in Princeton this past September.
Tim began his legal career as a summer intern with the New York Lawyers’ Fund in 1985, following his second year at Albany Law School. Immediately upon graduation the Fund hired Tim to serve as Deputy Counsel. In 2000, the Board of Trustees appointed Tim as Executive Director and Counsel, which he fulfilled with distinction until his retirement in July 2018. Under his quiet and steady leadership, and clear vision, the New York Lawyers’ Fund has become one of the foremost client protection program in the nation.
In addition to lecturing throughout the State, participating with bar associations, and continuing legal education programs, Tim was instrumental in creating invaluable cooperation with Disciplinary Committees and local prosecutors resulting in a unique coordination that has facilitated efficient and rapid assistance to victimized law clients.
Tim created a Digest of Precedents as a resource for the Trustees of the New York Lawyers’ Fund. A redacted version of this document has been made available to ABA and NCPO membership as a resource template. Tim co-produced regulations leading to the Statewide adoption of policies and procedures permitting distribution of over $5 million in missing law client funds for the benefit of law client victims, and he helped develop and propose streamline procedures for securing post-discipline attorney restitution Court orders in cases of attorney resignation.
At the national level, Tim has had extended participation and leadership with the Standing Committee on Law Client Protection of the American Bar Association, as well as serving for 12 years as the Treasurer of the National Client Protection Organization. Congratulations, Tim!