Thomas F.Cullen Jr. (Tim)


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Tim Cullen is regularly called on to lead teams and present cases in the most complicated commercial matters, including antitrust (for both plaintiffs and defendants), contract, trade secret, and shareholder disputes. He has tried federal and state jury cases, argued federal appeals, and been lead counsel in U.S. and international arbitrations.

Both in court and in front of arbitration panels, Tim has led cases involving cross-border mergers, joint ventures, licensing agreements, takeover contests, and international trade disputes, arising out of London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Russia, and various parts of Asia.

Tim has been involved in Jones Day's international efforts since the 1980s when he worked on defense of the General Motors/Toyota joint venture and the Gillette-Wilkinson merger, prosecution of Texas Instruments' patent rights, and participated in Jones Day's efforts to develop its offices in London, Paris, and Germany.

For more than 15 years, Tim has been an active member of the Center for Public Resources, a leading group of corporate and firm lawyers focused on alternative dispute resolution, and developed a broad sensitivity to where and how mediation or other alternative procedures are the best way to serve the client.

Jones Day, through Tim and others, has working relations with all of the major arbitration centers throughout the world and with various mediation centers and educational efforts, particularly in China.


  • City of Detroit's chapter 9 plan of adjustment confirmedJones Day served as lead restructuring counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts.
  • GM wins Sixth Circuit appeal affirming dismissal of ERISA "top hat" litigationOn August 6, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of Jones Day's client, General Motors LLC ("GM"), and affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by 113 former executives over changes made to an executive retirement plan during the bankruptcy of General Motors Corporation.
  • Chapter 7 Trustee of Anthracite Capital recovers in excess of $50 million for estateJones Day represented the Chapter 7 Trustee (the "Trustee") of Anthracite Capital, Inc. ("Anthracite") in its chapter 7 bankruptcy which filed on March 15, 2010 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Comcast obtains antitrust clearance from DOJ for NBCUniversal joint ventureJones Day represented Comcast Corporation as antitrust counsel in connection with its joint venture with General Electric to create NBCUniversal LLC, which was cleared by the Department of Justice after a lengthy investigation.
  • Chrysler sold to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" after historic court proceedingsAfter a historic battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court, Chrysler LLC sold substantially all of its assets to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" (Chrysler Group LLC) on June 10, 2009, providing the opportunity for its iconic brands and U.S. operations to survive.
  • Not-for-profit health care systems defend putative class actions challenging hospitals' tax-exempt statusJones Day represented multiple not-for-profit health care systems in putative class actions challenging tax-exempt status of hospitals due to their uninsured pricing and collections practices.
  • Harman International Industries obtains plaintiff's voluntary discontinuance of shareholder class actionJones Day represented Harman International Industries, Incorporated and certain of its officers and directors in this class action lawsuit that was filed on May 8, 2007 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • New England Motor Freight negotiates dismissal from national antitrust class actions involving fuel surcharges on LTL shipmentsJones Day represented a regional motor carrier, New England Motor Freight, Inc., in 50+ national class actions alleging conspiracy to fix fuel surcharges on less than truckload ("LTL") shipments in violation of federal antitrust laws.
  • Onyx prevails in ICC arbitrations claiming breach of representations and warranties for waste facility purchased in MexicoJones Day represented Onyx S.A., a French subsidiary of Veolia Environnement involved in international waste management, with regard to a dispute that arose after it acquired a hazardous waste landfill in Mexico in 2000.
  • Chevron pursues arbitration to enforce contractual right to indemnification against PetroecuadorJones Day represented Chevron Corporation in an arbitration initiated in June 2004 against Petroecuador, the state-owned oil company of Ecuador, to enforce a contractual right to indemnification under a Joint Operating Agreement.
  • Sherwin-Williams resolves antitrust class action litigation involving automotive paint refinishingOn behalf of Sherwin-Williams, Jones Day served as national coordinating and trial counsel in connection with multiple related federal and state class actions alleging price fixing of automotive refinishing paint sold in the U.S.
  • Reader's Digest completes $2.0 billion sale to Ripplewood investor groupJones Day advised The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. in its $2.4 billion acquisition by an investor group led by Ripplewood Holdings LLC.
  • Williams Natural Gas wins summary judgment in action involving 40-year-old natural gas purchase contractJones Day obtained summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action involving the continued validity and enforceability of a 40-year-old natural gas purchase contract and upholding an interpretation of the contract under which our pipeline client Williams Natural Gas Company has complete control over the rate and timing of gas purchases and is not obligated to purchase any set quantity of gas on a current basis.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 29, 2014
      Boston College Law’s Global Practice Forum: The Role of Lawyers in the Globalization of the Law
    • December 5, 2013
      Young Arbitrators Forum
    • April 17-21, 2012
      Jones Day Sponsors the ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting in New York