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Dustin R. T. Sullivan

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Dustin RT Sullivan is a local Brunswick County attorney who has offices in both Brunswick and Onslow Counties. As the President of the Brunswick County Bar, he is a member of the 13th Judicial District, which encompasses Bladen, Columbus, and Brunswick Counties.


  • 2015 Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • 2014, 2015 10 BEST Client Satisfaction American Institute of DWI Attorneys

  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Avvo Client's Choice 

  • Superior Nationally Ranked DWI Attorney 2014 by NAFDD

  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Avvo Top Contributer for Criminal Defense

  • 2015 Superb Avvo rating

  • 2013 Shorepicks Finalist for Best Attorney by WilmingtonStar


Mr. Sullivan has handled thousands of cases involving criminal defense, taking on a hands-on approach to his clients, dedicating himself to having his clients understand the process of their case. Instead of talking to secretaries and assistants over the phone, Mr. Sullivan encourages a direct mode of communication so clients are more at ease with the pressures that criminal charges cause.

Mr. Sullivan handles a wide variety of cases, ranging from speeding tickets to class B1 felonies. Over the course of his career he has represented a number of clients who make front page news in the Wilmington Star and Brunswick Beacon. Mr. Sullivan has a great deal of trial experience which he brings to the table for each and every client. Focusing his attention to only criminal defense and DWI cases, he fights to make sure his clients' rights are protected.

In 2009, Mr. Sullivan was accepted into the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps. However, after careful consideration and belief in "family first", he thought it appropriate to continue practicing law in the area he calls home.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Sullivan attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, receiving multiple scholarships in football, academics, community service, and leadership. He played football all four years, where his team finished 18th in the nation for Division1-AA. Mr. Sullivan attended the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia where he was awarded for his services in Moot Court and Community Service as well as his membership in multiple organizations.

Dustin Sullivan worked at the Prosecutors Office in Cincinnati, OH for nearly four years and began his career in North Carolina working for the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office and New Hanover District Attorney's Office during and following law school. Mr. Sullivan also was a partner for over three years at Sullivan & Williams focusing on criminal defense.

Dustin RT Sullivan is an active member and strong supporter of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.


Mr. Sullivan's Practice Areas include:

  • Criminal Defense

    • All misdemeanor and felony crimes

  • Traffic Infractions

    • Speeding Citations, DWI's, D.W.L.R. & all other traffic-related matters

  • Misdemeanor Criminal Cases

    • Larceny, shoplifting, assaults, drug possession, B & E, among others.

  • Felony Criminal Cases

    • Felony Larceny, B & E, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Drug Possession, complex financial fraud, embezzlement, among others

  • DWI/DUI Defense

  • Expunctions


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    10 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    10 years
  3. Divorce: 20%
  4. Family: 20%
  5. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    10 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Sullivan Law, PLLC

3490-3 Old Ocean Highway
Bolivia, NC, 28422


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's ChoiceAvvo2016
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Top ContributorAvvo2015
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Clients' ChoiceAvvo2014
Top 100 DUI AttorneyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Featured as Excellent Attorney Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
Finalist for Best Attorney in Cape Fear RegionWilmingtonStarNews2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2012
Top Contributor Criminal DefenseAvvo2012
Moot Court BoardAppalachian School of Law2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSullivan Law, PLLC2015 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneySullivan & Snow, PLLC2010 - 2014
Criminal Defense AttorneySullivan & Williams, PLLC2007 - 2010
Legal AssistantNew Hanover Co. District Attorneys Office2006 - 2006
Legal AssistantBrunswick Co. District Attorneys Office2005 - 2006
InternRep. Steve Chabot, United States Congress2001 - 2001
Legal ClerkDinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Attorneys at Law2000 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
13th Judicial DistrictPresident-Elect2016 - Present
Brunswick Co. BarPresident2012 - Present
13th Judicial DistrictMember2007 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense SectionAssociate Member2007 - Present
North Carolina ASL AlumniPresident2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. MercerN/A
State of North Carolina v. Jenelle Evans23 of 24 charges dismissed or findings of not guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Appalachian School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Dayton School of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Anderson High SchoolN/AN/A1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TBDInterpreting for the Courts2013
Criminal Law PrimerStarting Your Law Firm2013