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 cum laude from Temple University School of Law. While there, he was a writer and editor of the Temple Law Review.
"There is no challenge that cannot be overcome with commitment, hard work and perseverance."
- Attorney Sullivan
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 automobile accidents, construction accidents, scaffolding accidents, fall-down accidents, sexual assaults, and more. He has also secured compensation for individuals who were injured due to medical malpractice, 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 and powerful.
Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
J.D., cum laude
Law Review: Temple University School of Law, Writer & Editor