Known for his ability to solve the most challenging problems effectively and efficiently, Chris Sullivan focuses his practice on guiding a diverse group of clients through complex commercial litigation in California and throughout the United States. Whether he’s representing a Fortune 500 corporation in a high-stakes commercial dispute or protecting a small business or individual facing a once-in-a-lifetime legal crisis, Chris finds inventive and practical ways to help each client get as close to their goals as possible.
Chris has deep experience handling the entire range of claims arising from corporate insolvency, receivership and other financial distress scenarios, with an emphasis on recovering ill-gotten gains from the parties responsible for a company’s failure. He has helped clients investigate and prosecute claims involving virtually every type of corporate fraud, third-party negligence and other misconduct, including breach of fiduciary duties by directors and officers, accounting and legal malpractice that harms the company, breach of contract, misappropriation of corporate assets, fraudulent transfers, plus many more.
In addition, Chris helps owners, partners and shareholders resolve complex business divorce and governance disputes, either by defusing the conflict amicably at the bargaining table or creating a productive strategy to protect his clients’ rights in the courtroom. He literally “wrote the book,” co-authoring Litigating and Judging Business Entity Governance Disputes in California. It is one of the go-to resources for lawyers, judges and arbitrators seeking practice insights and creative strategies for resolving disputes involving the management, ownership and control of all types of California business entities.
Chris also represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of other business disputes, ranging from complex commercial litigation with unique issues and millions of dollars at stake to smaller cases for clients who need an experienced problem-solver in their corner. He has guided business clients to favorable outcomes in a number of areas, including real estate development disputes, IP enforcement, breach of contract, fraud, lender liability and all types of professional malpractice.