Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.



  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1987, J.D.
  • Amherst College, 1981, B.A., magna cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Richard ("Rip") focuses his practice on commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts.  Significant areas of his litigation practice include products liability, intellectual property, construction law, real estate disputes, employment law, professional liability and business tort litigation.

Employment History

  • 1999 - Reed Smith
    • Served five years as the Practice Group Leader of Reed Smith's Virginia/Washington, D.C. Trial Group
    • Member of Reed Smith's Professional Responsibility Committee
  • 1987 - Hazel & Thomas, P.C. (combined with Reed Smith in 1999)
    • Served as co-chairman of Litigation Section

Honors & Awards

  • American Lawyers Media Virginia’s Top Rated Lawyers - Rip was selected as an Honoree in 2012
  • Virginia Lawyers Media Virginia's Leaders in the Law - Rip was selected as an Honoree in 2012
  • Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite – Rip was selected by his peers and the publishers as one of Virginia's best "Civil Litigation" attorneys (2012, 2010, 2008, 2007)
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition – Rip was named a Super Lawyer for his Business Litigation practice (2008). Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers – Rip was named a Super Lawyer for his Business Litigation practice (2007 and 2014)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Rip was named a Super Lawyer in Virginia for his Business Litigation practice (2006 and 2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • United States Institute of Peace International Advisory Council Member
  • Fairfax County Park Authority Board
  • Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Law
  • Virginia Law Foundation – Fellow
  • Virginia State Bar Council – Represented the 19th Judicial Circuit (2 terms: 2003-2009)
  • Virginia Bar Association – former Member, Board of Governors
  • Virginia Bar Association Committee on Federal Judgeships – Eastern District
  • Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course – Faculty Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Fairfax Law Foundation – Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Foundation – Former Board Member
  • Homestretch, Inc. – former Vice Chairman and Board Member (10 years)
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) – former Board Member (10 years) and served as President (2001-2002)
  • McLean Community Foundation – President
  • Potomac Legal Aid Society – former Board Member
  • Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at The University of Virginia – Board Member
  • Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee – Former Chair and 20-year member
  • Virginia State Bar Emergency Legal Services Task Force – Chairman
  • Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services – Member and former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Funding Alternatives Virginia State Bar Special Committee on the Resolution of Fee Disputes – Served five years as Chairman
  • Dranesville (Fairfax County) Budget Task Force – Chair
  • Fairfax County Housing and Redevelopment Authority- Former Vice-Chair
  • Appointed in 2008 to the Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission (served 1 year)
  • Appointed in 2006 by the Governor to the Virginia Commission on Civics Education
  • Appointed in 2005 to the Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission (served 3 years)
  • Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates (2007)


  • Rip lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife Beth and their four children.