Born in Jamaica, Queens to working-class parents, Joseph Sullivan became
the second member of his family to attend college and the first to obtain
an advanced degree. He graduated with
cum laude honors from Temple University School of Law. While he was studying law,
he was a writer and editor for the
Temple Law Review.
Joseph started his legal career defending insurance companies and corporations,
which gave him valuable trial experience. In fact, he went up against
and beat some of the top trial lawyers in New York City. He also saw firsthand
how individuals could be outgunned in such litigation.
In 2001, Joseph left his former partners and began focusing on representing
individuals who were injured due to the wrongful acts of others. His experience
as a defense attorney for insurance companies and corporations has given
him a unique and extremely valuable understanding of how the opposition
operates. This, in turn, has given him greater leverage when it comes
to securing maximum settlements and verdicts for the wrongfully injured.
Joseph has obtained numerous significant settlements for clients injured in
fall-down accidents, sexual assaults, and more. He has also secured compensation for individuals
who were injured due to
defective products, barroom assaults, and violations of the liquor law. He has tried cases
in the trial courts of Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Westchester
County, as wells as in all of the boroughs of New York City.
Walking down Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens toward the courthouse,
Joseph is never far from his humble roots. It was on this very street
that his father shined shoes as a kid in the 1950s to help support his
family and overcome homelessness. It was the lessons learned there, and
passed down a generation, that have provided the foundation for the values
upon which Joseph's law practice has been built. These values include
respect and compassion for working-class people, appreciation of the challenges
and struggles that underprivileged people face, and commitment to providing
common folks representation that is normally reserved for the wealthy
Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Law Review: Temple University School of Law, Writer & Editor