Kent C. Sullivan: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Kent C. Sullivan

Kent Sullivan

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Crisis Management
  • Energy Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.470.6122
Fax: 713-654-1301
University University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1982, Texas

Professional Activities

Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (2013-present)
Appointed by Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz
Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee (2003-present)
State Bar of Texas
Vice-Chair, Pattern Jury Charge, Oversight Committee (2003-present)
Presidential Task Force, Regulation of Referral Fees and Lawyer Advertising (2004)
Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow
Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee (2000-2002)
Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, Civil (1995-1996)
Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, Volume I (1991-1992)
Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, Volume III (1993-1994)
Board of Directors (1999-2002)
Executive Committee (2000-2002)
Chair, Legislative Policy Committee (2001-2002)
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Foundation Life Fellow
Board of Directors, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (2001-2002)
Administration of Justice Committee (1989-1996)
Texas Center for the Judiciary, Board of Directors (2005-2006)
Trustee, J. Schuyler Alland Endowed Scholarship Fund, University of Virginia (1992-present)
Member and Director, Executive Committee, Houston Society for the Performing Arts (1995-2007)
Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation (2002)
Director, Downtown Houston Association (2001-2003)
Member, International Association of Drilling Contractors

BornLouisville, Kentucky, February 20, 1956

Kent Sullivan advocates for clients in complex commercial and civil litigation where he provides a second-to-none understanding of litigation and the Texas legal landscape. He also advises clients on government relations matters, ranging from inquiries to investigations. He has held positions of significance in almost every area of the legal profession, including almost 25 years as a lawyer in private practice, government service as the Texas First Assistant Attorney General, and as a judge on both the trial and appellate benches.

From 2008 to 2010, Kent served as a justice for the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston, where he participated in the disposition of hundreds of appeals and personally authored more than 75 opinions. From 2003 to 2006, he served as a district judge where he presided over multiparty cases to verdict involving such diverse subject matter as intellectual property rights and casino management fees.

In 2006, Kent was appointed by the Texas Attorney General to serve as First Assistant Attorney General, overseeing both the legal and administrative functions of the 800-attorney agency. He was also actively involved in the coordination of multistate legal disputes, often working with other state attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Kent was a trial lawyer in private practice where his complex civil litigation experience includes commercial, environmental, toxic tort and products liability matters.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of commercial litigation (2015)

Recipient of the Presidential Citation by the State Bar of Texas for service to the Bar (2004, 2006)

Client Tools
Crisis Response & Incident Investigation (Also at Austin Office)

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#1,463 in weekly profile views out of 26,562 lawyers in Houston, Texas
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Office Information

Kent C. Sullivan

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 3700
HoustonTX 77002-6760


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