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About Me

I am a lifelong North Carolina native. I grew up in Raleigh and moved to Wilmington after law school. My practice is centered around the trial of Criminal and Personal Injury cases throughout the State of North Carolina and in Federal Courts throughout the country.

I am experienced in State and Federal Criminal Defense. I represent clients on cases ranging from routine traffic matters and DWI to Serious Felonies. 

I also represent persons injured in serious accidents as well as families of people who are killed by the negligence of others.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    21 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    21 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    2 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    21 years
  5. Elder Law: 10%
    2 years



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Samuel J. Randall IV

    Dennis makes magic happen for his clients. I would strongly recommend him to anyone facing criminal charges.


    Samuel Randall Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Dennis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Sullivan Law Firm, PLLC

29 N. Third Street
Wilmington, NC, 28401



Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension Stayed
    issued in NC, 2012


    Suspension stayed means the attorney has been disciplined, but that the discipline is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements.

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2011 Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North CarolinaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerSullivan & Wagoner, LLP.2010 - Present
Managing PartnerSullivan, Trabucco & Wagoner, LLP.2008 - 2010
OwnerThe Sullivan Law Firm, PC2001 - 2008
PartnerHall, Horne & Sullivan, LLP.1995 - 2001
AssociateLaw Offices of Alexander M. Hall1994 - 1995
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersBoard of Governors2005 - 2009
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1995 - Present
New Hanover County Criminal Defense LawyersFounder, President1995 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. William HugginsNot Guilty on All Counts
United States v. Michael BandyNot Guilty on All Counts
United States v. George Watkins-LawsonNot Guilty
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Publication NameTitleDate
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Reference MaterialsTools of the Trade2000
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJ.D.1994
North Carolina State UniversityBusiness ManagementB.A.1990
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Issues in Federal Criminal DefenseFederal Criminal Defense- Panel Moderator2009
Federal Criminal PracticeDefense Victories in Federal Cases2004
DWI and District Court Practice in the New MillenniumTools of the Trade2000