Michael E. Sullivan

After graduating from law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable Connie Steinheimer before joining the Thorndal Armstrong law firm in the Reno office. On January 1, 2000, he joined Robison, Sharp, Sullivan and Brust and became a shareholder in 2003. His law practice is broad and focuses on business litigation, family law matters, including child custody, insurance defense, as well as personal injury and real property. Michael’s clients include the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, commercial real estate developers, construction companies, Costco Wholesale, Enterprise Rental Cars, medical groups, doctors, attorneys, and business professionals throughout the State of Nevada and California. He has been licensed in Nevada and California since 1993 and practices regularly in both state in Federal Court, State Court and administrative agencies. He also provides expert witness services for legal malpractice claims in Nevada. Recently, Michael obtained a published opinion in favor of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners. See Buckwalter v. Nevada BD of Med. Examiners, Case No. 11-15742 (2012). Michael has frequently served as a speaker for the Nevada State Bar on Arbitration, Short Trial Program and Discovery issues.

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Malpractice
  • General Practice
  • Federal and State Court; California and Nevada
  • Real Property
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law – Custody Disputes
  • Expert Witness – Legal Malpractice
  • Mediator for the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program


  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Nevada – B.A. 1988
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • University of San Francisco – J.D. 1992

Admitted to Bar:

  • 1992, California
  • 1993, Nevada, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • 1996, U.S. District Court, Fourth Northern District of California
  • 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • 1997, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • 1998, U.S. District Court, Central District of California


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Bar Associations:

  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California

Memberships & Achievements:

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern Nevada (Current President, 2000)
  • Arbitrator and Mediator in Nevada and California
  • Pro-tem Settlement Conference Judge for Superior Court of El Dorado County, California (1998-Present)
  • Moot Court Honors – Best Oral Argument, 1991, USF School of Law
  • Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program Mediator
  • Counsel for Nevada State Medical Board
  • Published 9th Circuit Decision, Buckwalter v. Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, Case No. 11-15742
  • Expert Witness for Legal Malpractice Claims
  • American Inns of Court