Dennis M. Sullivan


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Practice areas

  • Business law
  • Tax law
  • Corporate law
  • International law
  • Civil trial practice
  • Appellate practice
  • Probate law
  • Partnerships
  • Limited liability company law
  • Real estate
  • Real estate transactions
  • Litigation
  • Wills
  • Trust law
  • Trust litigation
  • International business law
  • Personal transactions
  • Federal practice
  • Litigation in U.S. Courts


  • California, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1996


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.


Associations & memberships

  • State Bar of California (Executive Committee Member, International Law Section, 1989-1992)

Biographical details

Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Business Fraternity; Alpha Sigma Nu – Jesuit National Scholastic Honor Fraternity; Scabbard & Blade – National Scholastic Military Honor Fraternity; Order of the Coif – Top 10 percent; Thurston Honors Society. Recipient: Dirksen Academic Scholarship; Crown Zellerback Academic Scholarship; Santa Barbara Medal; Dean Snodgrass Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Listed, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Distinguished Military Graduate, U.S. Army Reserve. Author and Member, Editorial Board, Hastings Law Journal. Senior Accountant, Boitano & Sargent, Santa Clara, California. Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, California, 1971-1974. Partner, Sullivan, Nakahara, Dubois & Hove, Oakland, California, 1974-1980. Judge Pro Tem, Oakland-Piedmont Municipal Court, 1978-1982. Court Commissioner Pro Tem, Local and District Courts, Federal Republic of Germany, 1977—. Court Arbitrator, Alameda County and San Francisco Superior Court, 1980—. Commercial Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, 1982—. Investigation Referee, California State Bar Court, 1982-1984. Special Master and Hearing Referee, California State Bar Court, 1984-1989. Seminar Presentations: “Drafting International Contracts” (2003); “Foreign Bank Accounts and U.S. Tax Compliance” (February 2006); “International Currency Transactions and the Bank Secrecy Act” (May 2006); “Tax Strategies for Structuring, Growing and Selling Privately Owned Business” (November 2006); “Structuring the Sale of Private Companies” (October 2007); “International Estate Planning” (November 2007); “Real Estate Leasing for Non-Profits” (January 2008); “Essential Commercial Lease Terms for Tenants” (April 2008). Legal Advisor, Consulates General, Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland and Brazil (San Francisco). Past Special Counsel, Office of the Commission of the European Union (San Francisco).

Military service

  • Active Duty, U.S. Army, 1970-1971 (Captain, Military Intelligence/Armor), Trial and Defense Counsel, XVIII Airborne Corps

Law Offices of Dennis M. Sullivan serves clients in San Francisco and throughout California.