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Shaun Anderson Sullivan

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   21 reviews

also known as The Sullivan Defense

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Shaun

Learn Shaun’s areas of practice.

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  1. Criminal defense
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    Proven track record of not guilty verdicts (including potential life sentence cases). Ask to see our stats.

    13 years, 500 cases

When your parent is a carpenter, you "measure twice and cut once." When your parent is an auto-mechanic, you change your own oil. And when your parent is a trial lawyer, you know your way around a courtroom.

 

Shaun A. Sullivan's father wasn't just any trial attorney, though. Mark J. Sullivan, aka "The Perry Mason of Palm Springs," began teaching his son trial advocacy almost twenty years ago. Thanks to his father's tutelage, Shaun won his first life-sentence trial at age 28.

 

In 2017 Shaun filed suit against the City of Coachella challenging their "prosecuting for profit" practice. Since then the case has garnered national media attention. 

 

Shaun has been quoted in a number of publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Journal, USA Today, The Desert Sun, and NPR News.

 

Shaun was on San Diego Law Review while at USD School of Law. His B.A. in English comes from Colgate University, where he was a varsity oarsman for the crew team. He currently lives in La Jolla with his wife and dogs.

 

Shaun practices statewide throughout California Superior Courts and federally in U.S. District Courts. His firm, The Sullivan Defense, is located in Bankers Hill, San Diego, right next to Balboa Park. For questions about your case or this article, contact The Sullivan Defense at, on Facebook at , or on Instagram @thesullivandefense.

 

 

 

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Shaun's father Mark (a Corvette enthusiast) groomed Shaun to be a trial attorney from an early age.

Location

The Sullivan Defense
2445 5th Ave.
Ste. 330
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Jody | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent & Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
He has fought for me from the 1st day and is still fighting on my behalf. We communicate with each other I trust he has got my best interest in heart he doesn't give in to the DA he tries 2 get all his cases dismissed by it even go to trail. He's a great litigations attorney I couldn't ask for better he's the bomb!
Posted by Veronica | February 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
God Bless this Man
Sean has helped me and my daughter so much. He said he would stand behind her and take it all the way and he did he bought for her. He was open. He left the communication open between me and him and my daughter. He was there for her all the way. He got her off. With little time when they were trying to give her 10 years and serve 85% of it. And he told me told us that he could get it down and he was true to his word. He is a good lawyer. He's one of the best. He says what he means and means what he says. So, thank you Sean. Thank you for being there for myself and my daughter God bless you.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
REVIEW OF SHAUN SULLIVAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW
I hired Mr. Sullivan to defend us against an aggressive Homeowners' Association Board, which was threatening to come onto our property and remove items belonging to us. He was caring, quick, and efficient, as well as easy to reach. He returned calls and e-mails, and sent a letter which provided a line by line rebuttal of the Board's allegations against us. He also returned a portion of our retainer! How many businesses and professionals these days keep an honest accounting of how they have spent what you paid them, and then been honest enough to refund some of that? WOW! All in all, working with Mr. Sullivan provided a very satisfying outcome and overall experience!
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Posted by Jordan | September 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer of choice!
Quality lawyer you can trust! I had a strategy in mind to beat my case and sure enough Shaun executed it perfectly and was able to get the case dismissed. Give him a call!
Posted by Kathleen | June 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HE'S AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Shaun stepped into a traumatic and literal "life or death" legal issue for a loved one. He did so on a moment's notice and worked like lightening. Shaun stayed in constant contact with me, and the issue was resolved in a matter of hours. His legal acumen and personal connections made for a swift and positive outcome. He genuinely cares about his clients, and he works tirelessly to help them. My family is forever in his debt. Shaun is one of the White Hats in this world. If he accepts your case, you'll be lucky to have him as your lawyer.
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Posted by Jason | May 9, 2017
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Great Lawyer, Great Person
I hired Shaun after being arrested for: felony resisting arrest, two counts battery of a peace officer, and obstruction. He walked me through all the steps my case would take leading up to trial and knows how the system works. Our first conversation, Shaun told me common strategies a prosecuting attorney takes so I was not intimidated by the charges or deals I was offered. Shaun worked his ass off prepping for trial and, ultimately, got all my charges dismissed. Shaun was worth every penny and certainly went the extra mile for me. He was intelligent, hard working, and quick to respond to any communication I needed. To top it all off he's a great person and just plain fun to be around. If you ever find yourself in a tough situation down in San Diego, this is the man to talk to.
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Posted by Cody | February 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional and easy to work with
I called Shaun for a d.u.i case in november he was extremely professional was able to help me with everything I had quetions with, along with being very knowledgeable with the court lingo. He was able to make it understandable to me while being able to tell me step by step on how to correctly go about taking care of my problems. I would highly recommend Mr. Shaun Sullivan to anyone looking for a lawyer
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Posted by Ricardo | December 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Save yourself, call him
To whom it may concern, I have known for a while that from time to time, we regular folks for reasons that may or not have merit, find ourselves in need of professional help. By now, you probably have information on some of these professionals; a Doctor, an Accountant, Dentist, etc. You call them at regular intervals or when a postponable need arises. Now, I am not sure just how often you need a Lawyer, specially one that specializes in criminal law. I am 48 years old and never had the need for one, until recently. I have a couple of friends who happen to be lawyers but do not specialize in criminal law. Another friend told me about the best criminal lawyer he had met once over 20 years ago. His last name was Sullivan. I look him up, but unfortunately he passed away some years ago. Then I learned that all that knowledge and experience had not just faded away with his departure. He had a son who became a lawyer, a criminal law lawyer. Granted, you may like lawyers as much s you like a tax audit, or a root canal. But when you find yourself against the full force and resources of the government (again; for reasons that may or not have merit) what you need is the best lawyer you can find. Knowledgeable, passionate, experienced, compassionate, and with a zero-lost record. You need my lawyer; Shaun A. Sullivan. I can speak only highly of this outstanding person, fine gentleman, and superior lawyer. My case dragged for almost two years, and at the end, the District Attorney (DA) had no choice but to ask the Judge to dismiss the case. Believe it or not, he was a bit disappointed that the DA folded. My advocate had already sharpened the long knives and was ready to go to battle for me. Just like that: Case Dismissed. I walked out of court feeling redeemed and breathing easier. Do yourself a favor; if you ever find yourself in need of a true life-changing professional, call the best, call my lawyer. Most sincerely, Ricardo
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Posted by Elias | January 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very helpful and totally went the extra mile
Shaun was very knowledgeable in the DUI field. He had many ideas and was able to reduce my penalties by a lot. Super friendly and totally felt like he had my back and even was willing to help with my alcoholism problem. If I had the urge to drinking to give him a call any time.
Posted by William | November 8, 2014
An true advocate when you need one!
Mr. Sullivan was extremely professional and works at an incredible pace. He helped me during a hard time in my life and treated my situations if it were gapping to himself. I would undoubtedly use him again in the future. A true cut above the rest!
Posted by Nick | November 7, 2014
Awesome!!!
I would definitely recommend Shaun to anyone because of the great speedy and professional service he provides to each of his clients. Won my case thanks to him and his team :)
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
Saved me!
Shaun Sullivan was my lawyer for a speeding ticket I had received in San Diego. He was not only extremely supportive and attentive, but is the sole reason why I do not have a point on my driving record! I highly recommend him!
Posted by Robert | November 6, 2014
An amazingly proficient attorney
Shaun Anderson Sullivan represented me in a high profile criminal case. He and his team did an outstanding job presenting my case, which resulted in a speedy trial, and a verdict of Not Guilty. He listened carefully to all input I had to offer, and kept me, as well as my family, very informed throughout the process. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by Jason | October 28, 2014
Thank you Mr. Sullivan!
Was charged with felony criminal threat. Mr. Sullivan reviewed the phone records in my case and discovered that some evidence against me had been tampered with. That allowed us to resolve everything to my highest expectation, and the DA dropped the felony. Professionalism, presentation, made me feel comfortable through the whole process. Would highly recommend. Almost made me feel like a family member. Again, thank you to Mr. Sullivan and his wonderful staff!
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2014
Minor in Possession Dismissed
I was cited with a minor in possession at age 18. I went to arraignment alone and pled not guilty. The judge informed me that if I was convicted I would lose my driver's license for a year. Out of fear, I sought out Mr. Sullivan for legal representation. He prepared for my court date, keeping me in the loop on our strategy, and in the end my charge was dismissed.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
A Highly Effective, Tireless Professional!
Shaun proved to be an excellent attorney, always forthright, determined, and hardworking. He carefully and patiently explained options and possible outcomes. He balanced a realistic, positive, and hopeful approach, always giving his utmost attention, both professionally and personally. Always going the extra mile, Shaun guided us through procedures and kept the family well informed of details and schedules. He was readily available, even returning phone calls after hours and weekends. He demonstrated skill as a researcher, advocate, and negotiator. I highly recommend Shaun Sullivan as a creative, articulate, and caring attorney. Having a high degree of professionalism, Shaun worked effectively and tirelessly for us. We remain very grateful for his help!
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Posted by Elliot | December 26, 2013
Took care of everything.
A former employee of the company I own went rouge and stole many of our customers accounts. When a police report was made against him, he tried to get a restraining order against me. Shaun guided me through the whole process, was knowledgeable about it, and gave me confidence in the case. Ultimately the judge denied any and all claims against me and did not even grant a temporary restraining order (almost never heard of) thanks to Shaun. He is honest and will work hard for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2013
Excellent & Caring Lawyer!
Shaun made me feel at ease the moment I walked into his office. He is smart, caring and passionate about what he does. I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Sean | December 13, 2013
A Life-Raft Named Sullivan!
I'm not one to post a false review, as it's misleading to others, and generally dishonest. So please know that when I say Mr. Sullivan was not only a pro and much needed breath of fresh air, he was, at the time, a godsend. Mr. Sullivan was firm but understanding, hopeful but realistic. He singlehandedly turned my fears into hope. Months later, I was able to get back on my feet and move forward. Later, it was Shaun's knowledge and education and personal advice that helped me move forward and eventually thrive! While I haven't been in need of legal advice of this sort in the past, I do know that if more people in any industry were as insightful and understanding as Mr. Sullivan, the world would be a much better run place, if not happier. I was so grateful for Mr. Sullivan's help, I had no choice but to recommend him to the son of one of my oldest, and dearest friends. I'm sure he'd give the same review. While that is a private matter, I can tell you their family is more than happy with the fair and just outcome. They did mention that it was Shaun's youth that gave their son the trust he was looking for in a lawyer. Certainly experience counts for a lot, however, indifference and bitterness are never welcome at anyone's table, especially when family is involved. I pray I never have to call Mr. Sullivan for legal help again, but it's his business card I keep in the front of my wallet. Not just for me, but for anyone that finds themselves in unfamiliar legal waters. Thanks again Shaun!!
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Posted by JP | December 6, 2013
Great attorney who cares!
Shaun Anderson Sullivan is a wonderful attorney! I called his message service and he got back to me the same day on a Sunday (no less)! He is very prepared and has a wonderful disposition! He helped me with a issue I had with a retail neighbor who had just moved in. My establishment had been there 14 years. The new neighbor broke their lease agreement, as we had an exclusive on bath and body products in the building. When I notified my property manager regarding the issue, the neighbor retaliated by filing a restraining order saying I held her against her will while she did a pedicure. Though the temporary restraining order was denied, they still wanted to go to court. Shaun was so prepared I never had to utter one word to the judge. Shaun is very personable, professional, and an amazing attorney. I would recommend him completely! A 15 out of 10. A+++.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Lawyer
  • The Sullivan Defense
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bracamontes & Vlasak, PC
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Hanna/Brophy
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Mark J Sullivan, Attorney At Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • San Diego County Alternate Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Mark J Sullivan, Attorney At Law
  • 1999 - 2008
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Colgate University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Resisting Arrest
  • Dismissal
  • 3rd Strike Aggravated Mayhem Gang Case
  • Hung Jury: 9-3 in favor of "Not Guilty"
  • Battery on a Peace Officer
  • Not Guilty to Battery on a Peace Officer
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Associations

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Central District California
  • Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2018
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • San Diego Law Review
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Honors in Trial Advocacy
  • University of San Diego, School of Law
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Buehler's Day Off (Sports Radio)
  • Eb O'Bannon v. NCAA
  • 2014
  • Buehler's Day Off (Sports Radio)
  • Donald Sterling Appealing NBA's Order
  • 2014
  • Buehler's Day Off (Sports Radio)
  • Colin Kaepernick Accused of Wrongdoing
  • 2014
  • Buehler's Day Off (Sports Radio)
  • Donald Sterling Controversy
  • 2014
  • Buehler's Day Off (Sports Radio)
  • Oscar Pistorius Trial
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (37)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cares deeply about his clients and their issues. Highly ethical."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and well respected attorney."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaun's continuing dedication to the law and clients is admirable. We wholly endorse his practice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Shaun Sullivan for over ten years, both personally and professionally. I have watched him succeed time and again. As a lawyer, Shaun epitomizes the skilled, ethical and perceptive lawyer we all want to be. He is respected by the judiciary, the prosecution and his colleagues on the defense bar. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Attorney Sullivan. This attorney is an excellent advocate for his clients, and is a top-notch attorney like his late father was. He is already achieving amazing accomplishments and winning trials."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaun is a skilled trial attorney and the guy you need to have in your corner. I would recommend him to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaun Sullivan is an intelligent and dedicated attorney who shines in the courtroom. You can see the intensity in his eyes when he feels his client is being wronged and he jumps to their aid in a professional and zealous manner. I enthusiastically endorse Shaun."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaun is the advocate you want on your side. I wholeheartedly endorse Shaun. Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is a pleasure to endorse Shaun Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan a force of nature in the courtroom- a truly gifted trial attorney and deft litigator. In addition, Shaun possesses high character and practices from a place of personal integrity. While I know Shaun to fight tenaciously for the rights of his clients, he does not sacrifice honesty or personal accountability in order to win. More than a great legal talent, Shaun Sullivan is a true professional by any standard of definition. I endorse Shaun Sullivan wholeheartedly."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sullivan is a excellent attorney. He is intelligent, honest, and persuasive. He will be dedicated to your case and will get you great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shaun wholeheartedly - law runs in his blood and he'll always go the extra step for a client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A constant and dedicated professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sullivan is a personable and intelligent attorney who cares about his clients. I met him on my home turf, outside of his home jurisdiction, in court, winning for his clients. From experience, that is not easy. I was very impressed with this attorney and endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Shaun work hard these past couple of years, learning the criminal defense trade. I've heard from several sources that he gets excellent results for his clients and I know he is not scared to fight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Shaun Sullivan is a natural born advocate. The son of one of the most prominent criminal defense attorneys in the Coachella Valley, Mr. Sullivan didn't fall far from the tree. He is an extremely talented and capable attorney and is the first call I would make if I was in need of a criminal defense attorney. Feel very confident choosing Mr. Sullivan to represent you."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shaun Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan is an excellent advocate for all of his clients. I have and will continue to refer all inquires regarding criminal matters to Mr. Sullivan without hesitation. I have had nothing but positive feedback from the referrals I have sent to him. Hire Mr. Sullivan without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shaun is a passionate attorney that really cares about his clients. He takes the time to research their case, strategize, and develop a comprehensive game plan to provide the best possible defense. He is an attorney that clients can trust!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shaun has all of the skills I would want in a lawyer if I were a client. He is honest, tenacious, knowledgeable and dedicated to his clients."
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