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.
Devin earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, before attending Harvard Law School and earning his law degree, cum laude. At Harvard, Devin interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission. He also served as Technical Editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review, a contributing staff member for the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and a student coordinator with the Law & Arts Initiative.
Prior to joining Zausmer, Devin practiced in Chicago with Jenner & Block, where he worked on complex insurance defense and commercial litigation matters, including a $1 billion estate dispute involving a multitude of complicated real estate transfers and trust disbursement issues. He has brought his superior analytical skills, detail-oriented approach, and real-world business sense to his work here, contributing to the exceptional representation the Firm’s clients have come to expect.
- Harvard University 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
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- State Bar of Michigan
Real Property Law Section
- Harvard Law School Association of Michigan
- Ross Club of Eastern Michigan
- International Right of Way Association
Co-Chair, Legal Affairs Committee, Michigan Chapter
- “Do You Hate Lawyers? Learn to Love Them and Create a Cohesive Team in the Process,” Right of Way (IRWA Magazine), May/June 2018
- “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
- “Judges Have the Final Say on How to Value Easements,” International Right of Way Association (Michigan Chapter), Fall Education Seminar, September 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