Joseph C. Sullivan

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

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 trial, he is even more driven to obtain successful results for his clients so that the time and expense associated with costly litigations are rendered moot.

Mr. Sullivan represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, including:

■ Breach of contract

■ Breach of fiduciary duty

■ Fraud and negligent misrepresentation

■ General negligence

■ Professional liability

■ Civil RICO violations.

In his labor & employment practice, Mr. Sullivan effectively resolves claims relating to:

■ Race, gender, and age discrimination

■ The Fair Labor Standards Act

■ Harassment

■ Wrongful termination

■ Employment and restrictive covenant agreements.

Mr. Sullivan has been recognized as “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend for his representation of clients in both his labor & employment and business litigation practices. He was named a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers every year he was eligible commencing in 2012, and a “Super Lawyer” every year he was eligible commencing in 2020. Mr. Sullivan also serves as Co-Deputy General Counsel to the Firm.

Affiliations

  • Buckhead Business Association, 2015-present
  • Emory University Litigation Practice Society, Alumni Adviser, 2012-present Shepherd Center Society, Volunteer, 2011-present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 2005-present, Business Law Committee
  • Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Young Lawyers Division, Labor & Employment Committee: Past Founder and Co-Chair

Recognitions

  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, Labor & Employment, 2014, Business Law, 2016
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012-2019
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2020-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Business Torts and Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Class and Collective Actions
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate & Shareholder Governance & Liability
  • Employment & Labor Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Government & Internal Investigations
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Securities Litigation and RICO Act Claims
  • Trial Practice
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, JD, 2005
  • University of Georgia, BA, cum laude, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

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State Powers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination and Employee Vaccination Considerations for Employers

2020

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Undressing The Risks Of Naked TM Licensing

2019

Taylor English attorney Joseph Sullivan discusses trademark risks for brand-owners resulting from “naked licensing” in his article,…

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Recent Case Imposes Liability on Amazon for Online Sales

2019

Amazon’s recent classification as a “seller” under Pennsylvania law could expose it to additional liability for product sales made on its…

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Recent Decision Gives Guidance to Brand Owners Policing Online Resales

2019

Brand owners often struggle to maintain their “minimum advertised price” (or “MAP”) in a world of ubiquitous online resellers. A recent…

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Compliance Update: The Consumer Review Fairness Act

2018

The Georgia Restaurant Association’s blog published Joseph Sullivan’s article on the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA.) Previously,…

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The Consumer Review Fairness Act: How Does It Impact Hotels?

2017

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) was introduced in 2014 by a group of bi-partisan legislators in an effort to prevent the ability…

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Dealing With Negative Feedback Online: A Restaurant’s Guide to Taking Legal Action

2017

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