Kathleen M. Sullivan is partner and chair of the national appellate practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the nation’s largest law firm devoted solely to business litigation. She was previously Dean of Stanford Law School. The first woman dean of any school at Stanford, she is also the first woman name partner at any American Lawyer 100 firm. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most prominent constitutional scholars and appellate litigators, Ms. Sullivan has been named by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America and recently by Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney as one of the Top 10 Women Litigators in America.
As a professor of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools for nearly three decades, Ms. Sullivan has taught constitutional law to thousands of law students, served as co-author with the late Gerald Gunther of the nation’s leading casebook on Constitutional Law, and
published law review articles on a wide range of constitutional topics, including federalism, separation of powers, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.
Now based in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office, Ms. Sullivan handles appeals and motions and trials in a wide range of business litigation areas well as constitutional law and white-collar criminal defense. She has argued seven cases in the US Supreme Court; numerous cases in the US Courts of Appeals, including the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits; numerous motions in the federal district courts; and various cases in state appellate courts, including a historic victory in the New York Court of Appeals for the power of the New York governor to appoint a lieutenant governor to fill a vacancy in that office. She has also provided pro bono representation in a variety of case involving civil rights and civil liberties.
Ms. Sullivan holds a B.A. from Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar and a Telluride Scholar, an M.A. from Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she won the Ames Moot Court competition. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected Member of the American Philosophical Society.