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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 is a lecturer of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches professional responsibility, and for many years has been co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as co-chair of the Association's Task Force on Civil Gideon and Access to Justice. Mr. Sullivan is an active board member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and is also a board member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), a national and international organization of legal professionals working full-time as counsel and directors of pro bono programs at private law firms.

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

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