PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Accounting, financial, tax and legal professional, business advisor and organization leader with skills and experience in high-pressured business and legal environments requiring risk management, negotiation, collaboration, problem-solving, due diligence, tax planning, financial analysis, persuasion, decision-making and other financial and legal advisory services and consultation

Professional Licenses: 

  • Certified Public Accountant (South Carolina)
  • Attorney (South Carolina, District of Columbia-active) (Colorado-inactive)
  • Registered Securities Representative (Series 7 and 63 – South Carolina)
  • Real Estate Broker (South Carolina)

Professional Designations/Accreditations

  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP)

Education

LL.M.-Taxation (magna cum laude), University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Courses included Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, Tax Procedure, Tax Accounting, Capital Transactions, State and Local Taxes, International Tax, and Executive Compensation. GPA 3.728 (scale of 4.0)

Securities Regulation, LL.M. – attended Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Juris Doctor, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina

Master of Accountancy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Oxford University Summer Abroad Program – Attended Queens College

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Other – University of North Carolina – Certificate in Capital Markets (Current)

 

Experience

Sullivan Law Firm, PC, Columbia, South Carolina
Attorney and Counselor at Law, 1995- present
Established and operating law firm representing a diverse clientele in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, taxation (planning and controversy), and litigation.

  • Representing clients in IRS audits, administrative proceedings, US Tax Court, US District Court, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Representing clients in various state courts, appellate courts, federal court
  • Successfully negotiated and closed several multi-million dollar transactions as counsel for buyers and sellers
  • Participated in all phases of litigation including preparation of pleadings, discovery, depositions, motion practice, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, opening statements and closing arguments
  • Successfully litigated shareholder’s derivative claim resulting in a favorable settlement at mediation
  • Successful defense of CPA Firm in a tax malpractice lawsuit
  • Successful defense of majority stockholder in a suit brought by minority stockholder
  • Established Sullivan Advisory Group, PC, offering consulting services to clients with needs in mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, investment counseling and interim CFO services

Other Legal Experience

Collins and Lacy, PC, Columbia, South Carolina
Of Counsel – Represented diverse clientele in business matters, transactions, taxation and litigation

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, Columbia, South Carolina
Associate Attorney – Developed wide-ranging successful practice including representation of clients in Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate law, tax planning, securities regulation, and litigation.

Other Accounting and Financial Experience

Suburban Propane Gas, Inc. and Affiliates, Sumter, South Carolina (later sold to SCANA) Controller – Directed preparation of monthly and annual financial statements and budgets. Advised senior management in financial, investment, and tax matters. Supervised a staff of 5 accountants and 15 cashiers/posting clerks. Reviewed and analyzed monthly financial reports, developed and implemented internal controls, and monitored data processing functions.

Clarkson, Harden & Gant, Certified Public Accountants, Columbia, South Carolina (later merged with Big 8 Firm and Columbia, SC office subsequently closed)
Senior Accountant – Supervised audits for the purpose of issuing opinions on financial statements. Prepared and reviewed financial statements and corporate, partnership, and subchapter S income tax returns

Bar Memberships, Professional Affiliations, Publications

  • Member, South Carolina and District of Columbia Bar Associations
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Author of “Glass-Steagall Update:  Proposals to Modernize the Structure of the Financial Services Industry” published in the November-December 1995 issue of The Banking Law Journal

Civic Organizations & Activities

  • Rotary Club of Five Points, Past President, Columbia, South Carolina
  • New York City Marathon Runner to raise donations for leukemia patients (1994) and needy children (2016)