Michael J. Sullivan
- Director & Officer Defense
- Class Action Defense
Michael J. Sullivan, a member of the Firm, is a seasoned litigator and counselor, with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Sullivan specializes in complex litigation, including the defense of D & O matters, class actions, enforcement actions and white collar criminal matters. Mr. Sullivan has tried dozens of cases in federal and state courts, and has acted as lead counsel in arbitrations, mediations, and hearings before administrative law judges and self-regulatory organizations. He conducts internal corporate investigations.
His focus in the securities area has included the handling of matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the Department of Justice. Mr. Sullivan is a co-author of the treatise Bromberg and Lowenfels, On Securities Fraud, Second Edition, a Thomson Reuters Publication. He teaches a course entitled Advanced Securities Litigation at Rutgers University Law School, and speaks frequently on topics involving trial practice, securities litigation, and white collar defense.
After law school, he completed a federal district court clerkship with the Honorable Jose A. Fuste, United States District Court Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Sullivan also acts as outside general corporate counsel handling contract negotiation and drafting, software agreements, employment agreements, and human resources issues.
Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 1989)
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Princeton University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1984)
Recipient, Class Award for Highest Grade Point Average in English Department (1983)
Representative Speaking Engagements:
“Issues in Criminal Tax Prosecutions,” 2015 NJ CLE Seminar
“Relevant Conduct in Federal Sentencing,” 2014 NJAJ Meadowlands Seminar
“Federal Criminal Law Update,” 2013 NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar
“What To Do When the Prosecutor Knocks on Your Door,” 2005 Corporate Counsel Institute
“Insider Trading: Update,” Bromberg and Lowenfels on Securities Fraud, (2015), As contributing Author
“SEC v. Mark Cuban – A Stress Test for the Misappropriation Theory,” Bromberg and Lowenfels on Securities Fraud, (2012), As Contributing Author
Attorneys as Gatekeepers, SEC Actions Against Lawyers in the Age of Sarbanes-Oxley, 37 U. Tol. L. Rev. 877 (2006) (Co-authored with Lewis D. Lowenfels and Alan R. Bromberg).
“The Economic Espionage Act of 1996: A Practical Guide for Corporate Counsel,” The Alert, Newsletter of the Federal Bar Association’s Corporate and Association Counsel’s Division, Volume 6, No. 3, Summer 2001.
State of New York (1989)
State of New Jersey (1993)
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2005)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2005)
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1993)
United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (199)
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1993)
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2004)
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1993)
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1993)
United States Tax Court (2011)
United States Supreme Court (2011)
Awards and Honors:
Selected for inclusion New Jersey Super Lawyers (2007, 2009 through 2015)
Member of Board of Directors, New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers