Joseph A. Sullivan
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 the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Community Legal Services, the Homeless Advocacy Project (ex officio and as past president) and Inn Dwelling (a community development organization for which he is board chairman), and he is active in a number of other organizations, including the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program. Mr. Sullivan is co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Civil Gideon Task Force. He is a former member of the Association’s Board of Governors and is past counsel to the Board. He has served as an independent counsel to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and as a legal advisor to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
Mr. Sullivan is a recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wachovia Fidelity Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to improving the administration of justice through voluntary activities rather than services rendered as a paid professional. He also 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.
B.A. 1980 Columbia University
J.D. 1987 Columbia Law School; editor-in-chief, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
1987-89 Law Clerk to Hon. Anna Diggs Taylor, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania