Joseph A. Sullivan

Joseph A. Sullivan

Special Counsel
Director of Pro Bono Programs

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4304    Fax: 215.981.4750

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.

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.


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1987, editor-in-chief, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • Hon. Anna Diggs Taylor: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1987-89