Devin R. Sullivan

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Devin R. Sullivan

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Devin R. Sullivan

Devin Sullivan focuses his practice on eminent domain matters, property law, and commercial litigation in the trial courts, on appeal, and at arbitration.

Devin frequently represents condemning agencies in complex eminent domain cases. He was a key member of the trial team for multiple condemnation trials in Michigan’s Thumb region, each of which resulted in the jury finding the agency’s original offer was just compensation for the property acquired, and that no additional compensation was owed to the property owners. He has also been instrumental in appellate victories in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals, capitalizing on his written advocacy talents to secure successful outcomes for the Firm’s clients.

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Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Education

Harvard Law School
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2010

  • Technical Editor, Harvard Environmental Law Review
  • Staff Member, Harvard Journal of Legislation
  • Student Coordinator, Law & Arts Initiative

University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration with high distinction, 2007

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Harvard Club of Detroit
    • Treasurer
  • Harvard Law School Association of Michigan
    • President
  • Ross Club of Eastern Michigan
  • International Right of Way Association
    • Co-Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, Michigan Chapter

Publications

  • It’s not just “BOILERPLATE”
    Crossroads, (Quarterly Journal of the County Road Association of Michigan), Spring 2021
  • Discovery in the Information Age: Michigan’s New ESI Rules
    Wayne State University, Journal of Business Law, 2020
  • Who Owns that Tree? Legal Issues Regarding Tree Removal in the Right-of-Way
    Crossroads (Quarterly Journal of the County Road Association of Michigan), Spring 2018

Presentations

  • Contract Clauses You Should Know
    County Road Association, Legal Issues Symposium, December 2020
  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project: Condemnation, Relocation, and Valuation Issues
    Colorado Law Institute, CLE International, September 2020
  • Right Tree, Right Place – ITC’s Vegetation Management Program From Conception through Litigation
    IRWA 65th International Education Conference, June 2019, Portland, Oregon
  • 360-Degree View of Easement Valuation
    IRWA, 65th International Education Conference, June 2019, Portland, Oregon
  • Understanding Utility Easements
    Half Moon Seminars, May 2019
  • Maintaining Effective Relationships with Outside Legal Counsel
    County Road Association, March 2019
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition: Knowing the Rules and Avoiding Subject Matter Jurisdiction Issues
    County Road Association, Annual Legal Symposium, December 2019
  • Making Your Case: Testifying at Depositions
    IRWA (Michigan Chapter), November 2019
  • Judges Have the Final Say on How to Value Easements
    International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), Fall Education Seminar, September 2018
  • Do You Hate Lawyers? Learn to Love Them and Create a Cohesive Team in the Process
    Right of Way (IRWA Magazine), May/June 2018
  • Land Ownership Rights in the Right-of-Way
    County Road Association Annual Legal Symposium, December 2017
  • Tips and Tricks for Drafting Utility Easements
    International Right of Way Association (Ohio Chapter) Law Day Seminar, November 2017
  • ITC’s Michigan Thumb Loop
    International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), Fall Conference, October 2017
  • From Legislation to Litigation: Michigan’s ‘Thumb Loop’ Transmission Line
    International Right of Way Association, 63rd International Education Conference, June 2017
  • Adverse Possession & Prescriptive Easements
    International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), May 2017
  • Easement Drafting Nuts & Bolts: How to Draft Utility Easements Ahead of Time to Ensure a Successful Project
    International Right of Way Association, 2nd Annual International Electric & Utility Symposium, April 2017
  • Positioning Your Project to Succeed at Trial
    International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), September 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2018 – 2020
  • Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch – 2020

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