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Patrick Sullivan, Esq.

Patrick J. Sullivan is proud to serve his community’s legal needs and does so with
passion.  His father, retired Lt. Commander William J. Sullivan, moved the family
to Virginia Beach in 1984.  He graduated from Cox High School in 1995 and
received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from
Belmont Abbey College in 1999.  

He attended Barry  University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, where he later
became a Public Defender.  Upon returning to Virginia Beach in 2007, he
expanded his practice to the areas of Family Law and Civil litigation, while
continuing to succeed in the areas of Criminal and Traffic defense.  Mr. Sullivan
enjoys being in the courtroom and has experience at all levels of court. He is a
court appointed attorney in the city of Virginia Beach and a proud member of the
Virginia Beach and Virginia State Bars.  
What Can You Expect from Me:

1. Understanding – I understand that for all my clients, their forced
introduction or return to the legal system can be frightening and stressful.  In
these difficult times, I will use my experience and knowledge of your legal matter
to assist you in reaching your goals.  Family law matters especially, have a way of
forcing you into difficult decisions that are fraught with emotions.  I look forward
to being there with you to help you along the way.

 2.
Education – I cannot state how often clients come to my office with the story
of, “ I am not sure what happened in court.  Last time the lawyers got together
and talked,” or “ I don’t know what happened, but this is what the piece of paper
says.”  While I will be the first to admit, that I too attempt to work with my
colleagues in the legal profession to bring about solutions of an equitable (and
ultimately cheaper for the client) outcome, I want the client to understand why.  
The outcomes of these suits affect your everyday life.  I strive to explain to clients
the “why” behind each of our decisions.  You should feel informed and apart of
every decision throughout the process.

 3.
Communication – Communication between us is paramount to building our
relationship of trust.  It is important that I understand your goals for a particular
case.  It is also important that, based on the facts and goals you have presented,
that I give you a realistic expectation of how your case may be resolved.  By
staying in contact with each other, we will both be well prepared for court.

What I expect from you:

1. Truthfulness and Cooperation – There is an old saying that you should
never hold back from two people in your life, your doctor and your lawyer.  I ask
that when you communicate with me, you do so openly.  In order to understand
your goal for the case and to most effectively represent you, I need to be familiar
with the facts we are facing, good and bad.  
That means working with me to best prepare your case for trial.