Joseph A. Sullivan, an experienced litigator and pro bono attorney, is special counsel and director of pro bono programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Mr. Sullivan manages Pepper’s firm-wide pro bono programs. He supervises and coordinates all aspects of the delivery of pro bono legal services, including the internal reach and effectiveness of the programs, as well as outreach to bar associations, public interest law firms, business entities and community organizations. Mr. Sullivan also actively participates in pro bono engagements.
Mr. Sullivan serves on the boards of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, the Homeless Advocacy Project (ex officio and as past president), and Inn Dwelling (a community development organization for which he is board chairman). He is also an active board member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and Friends of Farmworkers. He is a past counsel to the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and he has served as an independent counsel to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and as a legal advisor to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
In 2010, Mr. Sullivan was presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association Fidelity Award, recognizing significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.
He is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Louis J. Goffman Award (the highest honor for pro bono service) and its Pro Bono Award for Philadelphia County.
Mr. Sullivan joined Pepper from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia, where he was counsel and served as an administrator of that firm’s Litigation Services Department and director of its pro bono program.
Mr. Sullivan is a 1987 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. After law school, he spent two years clerking for the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Sullivan received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1980. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New York (inactive) bars.