Stephen J. Tully

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Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Westlake Village, CA

Garrett & Tully
 | 4165 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Suite 201
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: 805-446-4141
Fax: 805-446-4135
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2012, 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (60%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Stephen J. Tully is a shareholder in the Westlake Village, California, office of the firm Garrett & Tully. Mr. Tully handles a broad range of business litigation cases, including a specialization in defending clients in cases of professional liability, including legal malpractice and accountants' liability.  In addition to his considerable experience trying a wide variety of cases involving bankruptcy, taxation, business acquisitions, lending matters, and other business, corporate and shareholder disputes, Mr. Tully is a skilled appellate lawyer who has handled appeals before federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court of California.

    A number of Mr. Tully's appellate cases have resulted in published opinions which have helped to shape professional liability law.  He has also lectured before the AICPA, DRI and other organizations on professional liability topics, and has been the subject of articles on litigation-related topics in legal periodicals.

    Mr. Tully maintains active membership in numerous professional organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Ventura County Bar Association, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the New York State Bar Association and multiple sections of American Bar Association. He volunteered on the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization Evaluation Subcommittee, lending his insight to administering the accreditation process for attorneys seeking certification in professional liability and accounting law.

    Mr. Tully is admitted to practice before New York and California state courts; Washington, D.C.; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the 8th Circuit. On account of his accomplished career and professionalism, he has been honored with Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent* peer-reviewed rating.

    *AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Civil Litigation
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 10%General Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2012, 2015 - 2020

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    About Stephen Tully

    Admitted: 1983, California

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    • AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
    • Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
    • Ventura County Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section
    • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
    • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
    • State Bar of California, Real Property Section
    • Member, American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law, Tort and Insurance Practice, and General Practice
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California
    • District of Columbia
    • New York
    • California

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Risk Management and the Litigation Mindset", AICPA Major Firms Group Meeting, Dana Point, California, July 29, 2010
    • "Defending Accountant Malpractice Claims", DRI Professional Liability Webcast Series, Chicago, Illinois, November 29, 2013
    • Evaluation Subcommittee for Accreditation of Specialty Certification Program for Attorneys in Professional Liability/Accounting Law, State Bar of California, 1997
    • "Attorney and Accountant Malpractice", Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 24, 1997
    • "Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation", Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 3, 1998
    • "Accountants Escape from Investment-Advice Claim", Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 5, 1999
    • "Key to Victory: Turning the Table", Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 17, 2000
    • Featured speaker on Presentation and Trial of Defense Cases at the 2003 AICPA, National Business Valuation Conference
    • "Best Practices/Malpractice Avoidance/Quality Control" AICPA National Forensic, Accounting Conference on Fraud & Litigation Services, Las Vegas, Nevada, September, 2008

    Representative Clients:

    • Scott v. Schrader (1992) 8 Cal.App.4th 1679
    • International Engine Parts, Inc. v. Fedderson & Co. (1998) 64 Cal.App.4th 345
    • International Engine Parts, Inc. v. Fedderson & Co. (1995) 9 Cal.4th 606
    • Neu-Visions Sports, Inc., et al. v. Soren/McAdam/Bartells, et al. (2000) 86 Cal.App.4th 303
    • Curtis v. Kellogg & Andelson (1999) 73 Cal.App.4th 492
    • In re: Torrez (1991) 132 B.R. 924 (E.D. Cal.)
    • Smith v. Commonwealth (1986) 177 Cal.App.3d 625
    • Czajkowski v. Haskell & White (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 166

    Educational Background:

    • California State University at Northridge, B.A., 1978
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    Office Location for Stephen J. Tully

    4165 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard
    Suite 201
    Westlake Village, CA 91362

    Phone: 805-446-4141

    Fax: 805-446-4135

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