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Joan-Marie Sullivan brings more than 27 years of experience as an attorney. For the majority of those years, her practice has focused on family law and she has assisted countless clients with divorce and child custody issues. Ms. Sullivan is also an accomplished appellate attorney. She has filed numerous briefs in all three of Alabama's appellate courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Civil Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Her efforts have resulted in many changes to Alabama's legal landscape over the past two and one-half decades.

Background & Education

Ms. Sullivan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She and her family relocated to Jacksonville, Alabama in 1979. Ms. Sullivan graduated as valedictorian from Jacksonville Laboratory High School in 1982. She then went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama in 1985, then from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1988. While in law school, she received national recognition for her trial advocacy skills.

Renowned Speaker & Educator

Ms. Sullivan is a frequent lecturer on various legal issues. She regularly provides training to judges, lawyers, and lay-people at numerous seminars across the state.

Extensive Legal Experience

Ms. Sullivan previously practiced law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and worked at Lanier, Ford, Shaver, & Payne, as well as at Wolfe, Jones, & Boswell in Huntsville, Alabama. After gaining invaluable experience, she started her own private practice in 1996.

Renowned Speaker & Educator

Ms. Sullivan is a frequent lecturer on various legal issues. She regularly provides training to judges, lawyers, and lay-people at numerous seminars across the state.

Credentials

Memberships & Admissions
• Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1988
• United States District Court, Middle District of Kentucky, 1988
• Supreme Court of Alabama, 1989
• United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1989
• United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1994
• Member, Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, 2003
• Family Law Section, Alabama State Bar, 2005
Awards & Accomplishments
• Phi Beta Kappa, 1986
• Presidential Scholar, University of Alabama School of Law
• John C. Campbell Moot Court Board, 1987-1988
• National Trial Advocacy Team, 1987-1988
• Associate Editor, Law & Psychology Review
• Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Domestic Relations, 1988
• Recipient, George Peach Taylor Award for Outstanding Trial Performance, 1988
• Appointed by Former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to Serve as Specially Appointed Deputy Attorney General, 1984 and 1985

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