Christopher Sullivan is a nationally-known trial and appellate attorney with 30 years of experience in complex national and international business litigation. He is a partner in Herrick's Litigation Department, and also contributes his leadership as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Over his career, Chris has garnered extensive trial experience, taking many jury trials to verdict, as well as handling countless bench trials and arbitrations. His extensive appellate experience includes a number of precedent-setting cases in the Second Circuit and the New York State Court of Appeals.
Chris’ ability to adapt his trial skills from "the courtroom to the boardroom" has made him highly sought after by major public companies and their boards of directors and audit committees, who trust his insights as a crisis strategist and counselor. He handles the entire spectrum of high-stakes matters, from investigations and regulatory actions, to shareholder and corporate governance challenges.
Chris also regularly represents privately held companies, funds and individual clients in significant litigation in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. He has extensive experience with litigation involving troubled or financially weakened companies, and is known for being a highly effective negotiator in business divorce cases.
Fluent in French and Italian, and conversational in Chinese, Chris is a go-to resource for many international clients seeking to advance their interests in the U.S. and globally.
A major focus of Chris’ practice involves corporate board advisory work and investigations, including counseling directors, committees and top executives regarding internal investigations, criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory matters, shareholder demands and governance issues. He also assists with structuring transactions, drawing on insights from the firm’s Corporate, Tax and Real Estate Departments to minimize litigation risks and costs.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Chris counsels many New York City and international banks and financial institutions, and is a recognized authority on litigation relating to loan workouts, distressed debt situations and bank practices and procedures. He is often engaged by lenders and investors for litigation related to complex structured financing transactions.
Chris’ business divorce experience has ranged from break-ups of professional practices to fights for control of privately held businesses. By representing AmLaw 100 firms and individual lawyers, Chris also has helped to shape the rules for the legal profession itself. He was appellate counsel in two of the leading cases in New York regarding the fiduciary duties owed by lawyers to their law firms. One of these cases, Graubard v. Moskovitz, is credited with fundamentally reframing the fiduciary responsibility of lawyers when they leave their firms.