Taylor English offers its clients an opportunity that few law firms can provide: the talent, experience and resources of a large law firm with the responsiveness, personal support and value you would expect from a close friend.
Joe Sullivan has been recognized as an elite attorney based on his ability to successfully prevent potentially devastating legal matters from escalating out of control, while at the same time demonstrating the tact and skill required should those legal matters proceed to trial. While Mr. Sullivan thrives on the sometimes frenzied and chaotic aspects of a trial, he is even more driven to obtain successful results for his clients so that trials are not necessary.
Mr. Sullivan represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and related tort claims such as fraud, negligence, professional liability and civil RICO violations. He also assists in the representation of clients in the resort and hospitality industry, specifically in connection with investigations conducted by federal regulatory agencies and state legal departments throughout the United States.
Mr. Sullivan has successfully resolved several national class-action litigations, including the prevention of class certification related to consumer claims under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
In his employment practice, Mr. Sullivan effectively resolves claims relating to race, gender and age discrimination, the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as claims concerning harassment and wrongful termination. He also successfully initiates and defends matters involving the enforcement of restrictive covenant agreements.
Mr. Sullivan appreciates the uncertainty and stress the legal process can cause. That is why he works tirelessly to engage his clients in a cooperative relationship so that they can confront any challenge as a team.
State Bar of Georgia, Member, 2005-present
Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council, 2008-2010; Business Law Committee, 2008-present; Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2005-present
Young Lawyers Division, Labor & Employment Committee: Founder and Co-Chair, 2012-2013; Member, 2012-present
Emory University Litigation Practice Society, Alumni Adviser, 2012-present
Shepherd Center Society, Volunteer, 2011-present
Buckhead Business Association, 2015-present
Obtained a recovery of more than a million dollars for one of the largest ticket brokers in the United States related to the fraudulent sale and exchange of tickets for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Obtained summary judgment for employer in defense of claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil RICO, and punitive damages. As a result of seeking judgment before trial was even made necessary, client was able to secure a victory, forego the expense of trial, and even obtain its attorney’s fees based on the factually lacking allegations asserted.
Successfully moved for summary judgment in favor of employer against disgruntled ex-employee for claims related to intentional infliction of emotional distress. By aggressively defending claim, and refusing to be held hostage to the claims asserted, client was able to obtain victory before trial was made necessary and was awarded more than $100,000 in attorney’s fees in so doing.
After obtaining favorable result on behalf of one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, the plaintiff attempted to back out of the agreement. Client was not only able to enforce the terms and conditions of the agreed upon settlement, but was also awarded all of its attorney’s fees and costs incurred in so doing.
Successfully compelled compliance with client’s restrictive covenants against a group of departing employees before expense of litigation arose. Given the fast and aggressive strategy employed, client was able to prevent the disclosure of its trade secret and confidential information, as well as the solicitation of its existing client base.
Resolved breach of contract, corporate veil liability and fraud claims.
- March 30, 2018
- "Dealing with Negative Feedback Online: A Restaurant's Guide to Taking Legal Action… Or Not," Georgia Restaurant Association’s Legal Knowledge CenterFebruary 1, 2017
- January 2017
- January 25, 2017
- October 13, 2016
- March 31, 2016
- “Controlling Your Destiny: The Importance of Litigation Hold Notices,” ACC Docket, Association of Corporate CounselMay 2015
- April 29, 2015
- April 2014
- December 20, 2013
- "Intentional Spoliation: No Evidence, No Tort, No Problem?" ABA Business Torts Litigation Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4Summer 2012
- February 9, 2017
- December 19, 2016
- December 16, 2016
- December 16, 2016
- October 4, 2016
- October 4, 2016
- September 30, 2016
- September 27, 2016
- "A Pending Bill Would Prohibit Retribution for Negative TripAdvisor and Yelp Reviews," The Washington PostSeptember 23, 2016
- August 24, 2016
- July 21, 2016
- April 7, 2016
- March 10, 2016
- February 22, 2018
- February 23, 2017
- December 13, 2016
- February 19, 2016
- February 20, 2015
- December 1, 2014
- September 11, 2014
- February 21, 2013
- February 28, 2012
- December 22, 2016
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Government and Internal Investigations
- Leisure and Hospitality
Emory University School of Law, JD, 2005
University of Georgia, BA, cum laude, 2001
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Court of Appeals of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Labor & Employment, 2014, Business Law, 2016
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012-2018