John J. Sullivan is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in the Washington, DC office, where he was a partner before beginning five years of government service that culminated with his appointment in 2007 as Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
John's practice focuses on all aspects of global commerce, including litigation and arbitration, import and export regulation, foreign investment in the United States and US economic sanctions issues. He has advised clients on trade and investment issues in markets around the world.
As Deputy Secretary of Commerce, John was instrumental in shaping the development and administration of US trade law and policy. He co-chaired the transparency component of the Bush Administration's Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) with China led by Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson. John led trade missions composed of representatives of dozens of major companies to open foreign markets for US exports; participated by appointment of the President as a senior member of the US delegation to the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem in May 2008; and, as a co-chair of the US delegation, moderated the discussions between US business leaders and senior members of the Iraqi government at the Iraq Business Dialogue in Baghdad in November 2008.
Previously, John was Counselor to Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Luttig, Office of Legal Counsel, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1991-1992; Law Clerk to The Honorable David H. Souter, US Supreme Court, Washington, DC, 1990-1991; Law Clerk to The Honorable John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, LA, 1985-1986.