James B. Sullivan

Attorney at Law

Jim is the second of six children (five boys, one girl) born into an Irish Catholic family living in a working-class neighborhood in Massachusetts. Jim was 15 years old when his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Atlanta, Georgia. Because his mother’s poor health prevented her from working, and because his father struggled with alcoholism most of his life, he seldom worked or paid child support, Jim took jobs after school and on weekends to help support the family. Upon graduation from high school, Jim worked in construction including working as a ditch-digger, dry-wall hanger, framer, rough carpenter, as well as doing other manual labor, for the going rate of $3.00 an hour.

After two years working in construction, Jim enlisted in the US Navy and volunteered to be a torpedoman on a nuclear powered fast attack submarine. After boot camp and additional training, Jim was assigned to the USS Tautog (SSN 639), home-ported at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Jim did well as a sailor, and his solid work and leadership led to his rapid advancement through the enlisted ranks, going from Recruit (E-1) at the time of his enlistment, to Torpedoman 2nd Class (E-5), at the time of his discharge from active duty, four years later. While onboard Tautog, Jim was made the lead torpedoman, qualified as expert with small arms, and was trained as a Navy SCUBA diver. Jim’s submarine voyages took him to many places across the Pacific Ocean, including Guam, Hong Kong, Kenya (Africa), the Philippines, and South Korea. These experiences exposed Jim to different cultures, governments, languages, religions, and, of course, people. Accordingly, Jim uses his life’s experiences to further grow and strengthen his law practice by representing anyone who has been injured by another person’s negligence, without regard to culture, language, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Jim attended the University of Georgia (Athens) on the GI Bill. He went straight through school and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science), and then went to the College of Law at Georgia State University (Atlanta). Jim paid for law school by working in the law department of Georgia Pacific, one of the world’s largest paper products companies. After graduating from law school and passing the Georgia Bar Examination, Jim began his career as an attorney. In his many years of practice in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, Jim has represented people who suffered injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. His clients’ injuries have ranged from soft tissue bruises and scratches to amputations, broken bones, burns, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and death.

Having seen the world from the bottom up, and a lot of the world through his own eyes, Jim uses this experience in a positive way to guide and inform him in his practice of law, respecting everyone who seeks his counsel, working for the best results for his clients, and being ethical and honest in all his endeavors.

Education: University of Georgia 1980; Georgia State University College of Law 1988

Military Service: US Navy submarine service, torpedoman, and diver; honorable discharge 1974-1978

James B. Sullivan is a member of these organizations:

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Clayton County Bar Association

James is admitted to practice in all Georgia Magistrate Courts, Georgia State Courts, Georgia Superior Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the US District Court, Northern District of Georgia, and US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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