Prior to focusing on planning matters, Mr. Sullivan routinely handled complex litigation, much of which involved issues that are relevant to his current planning practice. For example, he has:
» Acted as creditor’s counsel and debtor’s counsel regarding various debtor-creditor issues, both in and out of bankruptcy court, and including collections, lender liability, and pre-judgment asset freeze matters.
» Been involved in voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy cases, including discharge-of-debt and fraudulent transfer litigation.
» Represented parties in civil and criminal offshore trust litigation.
» Been involved in pre-mortem and post-mortem estate litigation.
» Represented parties in complex civil racketeering (RICO) cases arising out of alleged fraudulent transfers and money laundering.
» Represented parties in other RICO matters arising out of oil and gas "top-leasing" activity.
» Litigated partnership, indemnification, securities, and other business disputes.
» Participated in many complex financial discovery proceedings, including interstate and international discovery.
Although Mr. Sullivan typically no longer handles litigation matters as counsel of record, his prior experience in the litigation trenches gives him insight into how planning structures will fare when actually tested in court. Further, he still consults on litigation matters, will sometimes actively participate in motion and brief writing, and will sometimes appear as counsel of record in matters of special interest to him. In sum, he can work closely with litigation co-counsel because he is a planning attorney who understands litigation.