Christopher D. Sullivan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Diamond McCarthy LLP
 | 150 California Street, Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-692-5200
Fax: 415-263-9200
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Christopher D. Sullivan is a partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP, located in San Francisco, California. Representing clients throughout the state and around the country, he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, handling a variety of cases involving such matters as intellectual property, bankruptcy, franchising, real estate transactions and professional malpractice in both state and federal courts.

    Mr. Sullivan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in 1985. He thereafter pursued his legal education at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. While in law school, Mr. Sullivan served as editor-in-chief of the Hastings Law Journal from 1989 to 1990. He was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1990 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif as a result of his scholastic achievements. After graduation, Mr. Sullivan served a clerkship with a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit before going into private practice. Since that time, his client base has included individuals, small businesses and large corporations. Representative clients have included American Express, 7-Eleven Inc. and American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

    Admitted to practice law in California, Mr. Sullivan is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is regularly asked to speak before groups of fellow professionals on topics related to his practice area. An active participant in several professional organizations, Mr. Sullivan is a past president of the Northern District of California Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a current member of its executive committee.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Business Litigation
    • 20%Professional Liability: Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021

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    About Christopher Sullivan

    Admitted: 1990, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Thurston Society, Top Ten Award, Hastings Law School, 1990
    • Top 100 California Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2013
    • The Best Lawyers in America, 2015
    • Northern California Super Lawyer AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 2000
    • Top 100 California Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • Executive Committee Member, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • Executive Committee, Bankruptcy Section of the National Federal Bar Association
    • Past President, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California
    • California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of California
    • Mediator, Northern District of California ADR Panel
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference
    • Panelist, Getting Employed and Getting Paid in Bankruptcy Cases, Bar Association San Francisco, 2013
    • Presenter, Class Action Litigation & Management Conference, 2013
    • The International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWRC)
    • Taught Legal Writing and Research as well as an undergraduate class at Stanford, Law and Literature in Society, 1990-1991, Teaching Fellow, Stanford Law School
    • Round Table Contributor, Stanford Law School Roundtable, Stanford Center On The Legal Profession And Bentham Capital, 2014
    • The California Bankruptcy Forum's Insolvency Conference, 2014
    • Speaker, Dealing with Defendants in Bankruptcy, Class Action Litigation & Management Conference, 2013
    • Bridgeport Moderator, An Inside View of the Ninth Circuit, 2013


    • Borman v. American Honda
    • In re Heller Ehrman, LLP
    • In re Tri Valley Growers

    Representative Clients:

    • In re Tri Valley Growers
    • Southland, the 7-11 franchisor
    • In re Heller Ehrman, LLP 
    • American Express
    • American Honda

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Teaching Fellow, Stanford Law School: Taught Legal Writing and Research as well as an undergraduate class at Stanford, Law and Literature in Society, 1990, 1991
    • Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Law Journal, 1989

    Educational Background:

    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., 1985
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    150 California Street
    Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    Phone: 415-692-5200

    Fax: 415-263-9200

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