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Dan Sullivan is an Associate with Gentry Locke’s Business Litigation team whose work extends across several different litigation practice groups. His litigation experience includes business, insurance, product liability, and professional liability lawsuits. Dan represents public and closely-held businesses in both straightforward and complex cases in state and federal courts. Dan is fluent in Spanish.

  • Siblings; 1 of 6 boys
  • Continents he has lived and worked in
  • Marathons run
  • If you had chosen a different career path, what would it have been?

    I’d either be a novelist, a coach – baseball, football, ice hockey, wrestling, I love them all – or a musician. I play the Scottish bagpipes.

  • What do you do in your time away from the office?

    I spend as much time as I can outdoors with my wife and two daughters. I love to travel, when I can. I relax by spending time in the kitchen. I prefer to cook, but I’ll wash dishes, too.

  • What’s the top item on your bucket list?

    Right now, to run a marathon in under three hours. (Dan just improved from 3:18 to 3:02:36.)

  • Has speaking Spanish been helpful to you?

    Yes. I spent my junior year of college studying in Galicia, Spain, and I worked in Chile the year after law school. Spanish has enabled me to become involved with many different cases and meet great people.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of South Dakota, B.A., Political Science/Spanish; Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

Experience

  • Successfully defended an international motor parts supplier on a $500,000 business defamation lawsuit filed by a contractor in federal court. Upon receiving the motion to dismiss under Federal Rule 12(b)(6), the plaintiff voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit
  • Represented Fortune 500 manufacturing client defending a products liability lawsuit in federal court
  • Represented international web services company defending breach of contract and business tort lawsuit dispute in state court
  • Represented closely held business in minority shareholder dispute in state court
  • Represented closely held business in breach of insurance contract dispute in federal court
  • Represented publicly held mining and energy company in land and mineral rights dispute pending in three jurisdictions
  • Represented closely held business in breach of contract and maritime law dispute with former business partner in federal court
  • Represented construction firm in federal dispute with regional water authority over multi-million dollar contract
  • Advised closely held and public businesses on pre-litigation matters, including E-Discovery
  • Represented insurance clients in defending multiple federal and state court product liability lawsuits throughout Virginia and the east coast

Affiliations

  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, and Roanoke Bar Association (2011–Present)
  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association Moot Court Committee (2014–present)
  • Graduate, National Trial Advocacy College of University of Virginia School of Law (2015)
  • Member, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adult Ministry
  • Volunteer, Roanoke Bar Association Barrister Book Buddies

Awards

  • Named a “Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2017)
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