Samuel K. Cullan M.D., J.D.
Dr. Sam Cullan is a trial attorney, medical doctor, and engineer, who handles catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. Licensed in Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, Dr. Cullan’s extensive legal and medical knowledge combined with years of trial experience make him a formidable advocate for injured victims and their families. Dr. Cullan has obtained multi-million record setting verdicts and awards enabling his clients to obtain the justice and the financial compensation they need in order to overcome or meet the extreme physical and financial challenges that they have been forced to endure.
Recognized by the National Board of Advocacy as a board-certified attorney, and by the American College of Legal Medicine as Board Certified in Legal Medicine, Dr. Cullan is a nationally renowned advocate for brain and spinal cord injury victims – particularly children who have suffered birth injuries including, cerebral palsy, hypoxic brain injuries and brachial plexus injuries due to medical malpractice. He han
Education and Professional Background
Before earning his law degree, Dr. Cullan graduated, with honors, from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a major in engineering and a minor in nuclear engineering. At the age of 22, he ran for public office and was elected to the Nebraska State Senate. He served two terms as a senator and, despite his young age, quickly became a leader in the Senate chairing the Health and Welfare Committee and co-chair of the Appropriations Committee. As a Nebraska state senator, Dr. Cullan successfully sponsored and pushed through landmark legislation to fund cancer research, protect the public health and fought on behalf of farmers and other Nebraskans to protect the natural resources of the state.
In 1982, Dr. Cullan earned a law degree with honors from Creighton University School of Law. He entered private practice with his brothers Dave Cullan and Dr. Dan Cullan. While still practicing law, he enrolled in medical school, where he was president of his senior medical school class and a recipient of the Upjohn Achievement Award. In 1987, Dr. Cullan graduated from Creighton University Medical School. He was offered a position with one of Kansas City’s largest insurance defense firms. Dr. Cullan worked with the firm for two years where he gained valuable experience and insight into how large law firms operate in defending medical malpractice cases and serious personal injury claims.
In 1990, Dr. Cullan founded his own firm concentrating his practice on fighting insurance companies on behalf of injured persons and their families. Dr. Cullan has collected tens of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients in many different types of cases from birth injuries and other types of medical malpractice to semi-truck accidents, and wrongful death.
Dr. Cullan is often asked to lecture at legal seminars and at medical schools. The firm also sponsors free seminars each year for parents of special needs children, including neonatal and pediatric CPR classes and seminars regarding brain injury.
- 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Kansas City for Medical Malpractice by Best Lawyers in America
- Named “Top 10” Attorney in Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers® (2009, 2011 and 2012)
- Named Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas for ten consecutive Years.
- Named Super Lawyer for Arizona
- Voted to “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas City Business Journal for Nine consecutive years.
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Professional Memberships/Bar Associations:
- American Association for Justice
- Arizona Bar Association
- Maricopa County Bar Association
- Missouri Bar Association
- Missouri Association for Justice
- Kansas Bar Association
- Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Nebraska Bar Association
- Wyandotte County Bar Association