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  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., Duke University, 2010, magna cum laude

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Sally J. Sullivan

Associate, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-7810 | v-card | PDF

Sally J. Sullivan is an Associate in Caplin & Drysdale's Complex Litigation and Bankruptcy practice groups. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she practiced civil litigation and white collar criminal defense at an international law firm in Washington, D.C.


Ms. Sullivan's practice focuses on representing an array of clients, including individuals, corporations, and nonprofits, in all aspects of litigation at both the state and federal levels. She works to protect the rights and interests of creditors, tort claimants, official creditors' committees, and labor unions in mass tort bankruptcies. Ms. Sullivan also counsels clients on regulatory compliance issues and advocates for them in regulatory enforcement actions. She has been active in:

  • representing a private equity firm in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration disputes over a partnership interest;
  • representing a U.S. pension fund in defeating an attempt by a foreign entity to enforce a foreign judgment in the United States;
  • representing a beneficiary nonprofit organization in a dispute with trustees over management and distribution of trust assets;
  • representing the official asbestos creditors’ committees in the Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., The Fairbanks Company, and Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC bankruptcy proceedings;
  • representing asbestos claimants in appellate proceedings involving constitutional standing and due process issues;
  • advising international clients in settlement discussions and corporate governance disputes arising from large-scale real estate investments; and
  • advising a national nonprofit credit counseling organization on state and federal regulatory compliance issues and representing the organization during state regulatory enforcement proceedings.


Ms. Sullivan earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. While in law school, she interned for the Federal Public Defender's Office in the Western District of Virginia and represented indigent clients in state court as a participant in the Criminal Defense Clinic. During her time at the University of Virginia, Ms. Sullivan served as president of the National Trial Advocacy Team and advanced to the Semi-Finals of the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition. She also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Politics.

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  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., 2019

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