January 24, 2020

Michael D. Sullivan

Michael D. Sullivan has represented journalists, newspapers, syndicated columnists, production companies, networks, and news sources in high-stakes libel, privacy, entertainment, and copyright cases for more than 30 years.

Among other landmark cases, he represented columnist Jack Anderson in the successful defense of a libel suit by the self-described Liberty Lobby. Among his notable media trials, Michael served as lead trial counsel for a Minneapolis television station, obtaining a defense verdict after a six-week jury trial in a libel suit filed by a widow who claimed she had been falsely accused of murdering her husband.

Best Lawyers has reported that “Michael Sullivan is probably the best jury-trial lawyer for a media defendant bar none.” That view was echoed by The Legal 500, which has written that “clients consider him one of the best jury trial lawyers in the country.” Chambers USA has reported that clients have called Michael “a great, great lawyer.” Jack Anderson’s memoir describes him as “the soft-spoken Sullivan, a ferocious defender of the First Amendment.”

Michael has taught media law as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland College of Journalism.

Michael was one of the founding attorneys of the highly regarded First Amendment boutique law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz in 1997, which merged with Ballard Spahr in October 2017.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael D. Sullivan