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Matthew Atherton Sullivan

About me

Aggressive, creative, and tireless defense of all criminal charges, from serious felony cases to misdemeanor DUI. Mr. Sullivan has successfully defended many clients, including small business owners, business executives, college students, firefighters, police officers, attorneys, and regular citizens. Mr. Sullivan is a University of San Francisco Law School graduate. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the California DUI Lawyers Association. Prior to opening his own office he was a trial attorney in the Marin Public Defender's Office, and he also worked for a private criminal defense firm in San Francisco on serious state and federal criminal matters.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    9 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    9 years



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Daniel Alexander Flores

    Matt Sullivan is a dedicated and passionate criminal defense attorney. He seems to never stop thinking of creative ways to tackle challenging cases and get the best result for his clients.


    Daniel Flores Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joshua Beal Davis

    I endorse this lawyer. I would not hesitate to refer a client to Mr. Sullivan. He is a very hard-working and bright defense lawyer. He has obtained great trial results in seemingly impossible cases. He also talented in obtaining creative and favorable case settlements.


    Joshua Davis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1388 Sutter Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA, 94109

175 N Redwood Dr # 250
San Rafael, CA, 94903



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Certificate of Attendance, Opening StatementsTrial Lawyer's College2011
Admission to PracticeU.S. District Court, Eastern District of California2011
Letter of Appreciation, Moot Court JudgeUSF Law School2010
Certificate of Attendance, Discovering the StoryTrial Lawyer's College2010
Letter of Appreciation-Moot Court JudgeMarin Superior Court2009
Admission to PracticeU.S. District Court, Northern District of California2009
Certificate of AppreciationSan Francisco Public Defender2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Matt Sullivan2011 - Present
AttorneyBay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC2009 - 2011
Deputy Public DefenderMarin County Public Defender's Office2008 - 2009
Volunteer Deputy Public DefenderSan Francisco Public Defender's Office2007 - 2007
Law ClerkGonzalez & Leigh LLP2006 - 2007
Law ClerkOffice Of The Public Defender, San Francisco2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsMember2014 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubAttorney Member2013 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Criminal Justice SectionAttorney Member2013 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember-Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee2011 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
California Public Defender AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Domestic Violence, Injury AllegedComplete dismissal of all charges. Client exonerated.
Assault and BatteryCase dismissed on morning of trial
Domestic Violence w/InjuryCase Dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bar Association of San Francisco BulletinSeven Tips for Civil Attorneys for When Your Clients Are Under Criminal Investigation2016
Bar Association of San Francisco BulletinBail and the Criminal Justice System2015
USF Law School Forum Newspaper"No Place to Hide"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Colorado - BoulderN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo and Small Firm Section CLEEffective Opening Statements-Moderator2015
USF Criminal Law Society MeetingFocus Group Presentation2013