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Attorney Timothy Sullivan has a wide-range of practical experience in the defense of criminal cases.  His background includes a focus on the specialized and unique training law enforcement relies upon in making a DUI arrest.



Subsequent to graduating from law school, Tim was sworn in as a Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney. As a prosecutor, Tim learned street-level DUI enforcement tactics from the inside.  He quickly rose through the ranks in the State Attorney’s office and was selected to run the North County Traffic court division. Tim was promoted to “Lead Trial Assistant” and supervised other Assistant State Attorneys in their prosecution of DUI cases.


Tim has invaluable insight into the strategies often employed by both police officers and prosecutors. He completed the same specialized DUI education and training that law enforcement officers attend. Tim became certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000. However, his training did not end there.  He went on to achieve state inspector certification necessary to review the maintenance and calibration of breath testing machines before they can become legally employed by a police department to gather evidence in DUI cases.


Tim received a scholarship from the University of North Florida to attend the “DUI Drug Recognition Expert Program.” There, he studied alongside DUI Squad Officers in the complex area of Drug-Impaired Driver detection.


Tim’s focus and concentration in the area of DUI and criminal law did not go unnoticed in the legal community. Tim began training prosecutors at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center. Later, Tim was called upon to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Tallahassee Community College. In that capacity, he taught prosecutors from across the State on how to most effectively prosecute DUI cases.


As a DUI Defense attorney, Tim has handled hundreds of DUI offenses.  In this regard, Tim has successfully litigated Motions to Suppress his clients' breath and blood tests.  He has also successfully argued to have his client's field sobriety tests excluded from evidence.  Tim has also successfully sought acquittals for his clients in jury trials. 




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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    7 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
  4. Juvenile: 5%
  5. Appeals: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Thomas Graham Coale

    I endorse this lawyer. Tim Sullivan is one of the smartest lawyers in the field. He is a man of great integrity and character. Any person in need of legal help would do well to make Tim Sullivan their first call.


    Thomas Coale Land Use & Zoning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Nicolas Stephen Robinson

    I've known Tim for many years, both personally and as an attorney. Having watched him in trial numerous times, I can say with confidence that he is the most knowledgeable DUI attorney in the area, especially when it comes to technical issues. I recommend Tim to anyone with a DUI or other criminal case.


    Nicolas Robinson Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Russo & Russo, PA

9721 Executive Center Drive North, Suite 120
St Petersburg, FL, 337022470

Russo & Russo, P.A.

Ulmerton Road & 58th Street North
The Summit Building
Clearwater, FL, 33760



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star in DUI DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
"Up and Comer" nomineeTampa Bay Business Journal2012
Outstanding Service as an Assistant State AttorneyState of Florida2011
Agency Inspector PermitFlorida Department of Law Enforcement2009
Intoxilyzer 8000 Breath Test Operator PermitFlorida Department of Law Enforcement2009
Law Firm - AV ratingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense AttorneyRusso & Russo, PA2011 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of Russo and Russo2011 - Present
TreasurerCampaign to Re-Elect Judge William Overton2012 - 2012
Juvenile ArbitratorSixth Circuit of Florida2012 - 2014
Lead Trial AttorneyState Attorney's Office2008 - 2011
Law ClerkRusso & Russo, P.A.2006 - 2007
Paralegal/AbstractorSayles & Evans, Attorneys at Law2004 - 2005
ParalegalMcNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall2001 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2015 - Present
Florida Association of Drug Court ProfessionalsAttorney Member2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseN/A2011 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationAttorney member2008 - Present
Student Bar AssociationStudent member2005 - 2006
Pre Law Society - Lycoming CollegePresident2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. TarverFavorable.
State v. GammaFavorable
State v. LopezFavorable
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Publication nameTitleDate
Russo & RussoThe DUI Double Standard2012
Russo & RussoDUI Checkpoints are not Always Legal2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2007
Lycoming CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Seminole Community CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
St Petersburg CollegeN/AAgency Inspector Course--Intoxilyzer 8000N/A
University of North Florida/Institute of Police Technology and ManagementN/ADrug Recognition Expert Recertification ClassN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Skills WorkshopCross Examination2012
Great American Teach InBeing a Criminal Defense Attorney2012
DUI Caselaw UpdateDUI2011
Prosecutor's Guide to Appellate ProcedureAppellate Procedure2010
Prosecuting the Drugged DriverDrug Recognition Expert Testimony2010
Introduction to DUI ProsecutionDUI2010
DUI Trial Advocacy SchoolBreat testing Instruments2010
Cross Examination of Defense ExpertsTrial Advocacy Techniques2009