Brian Sullivan

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  • 275 College Street, P.O. Box 4485, Burlington, VT 05401
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  • Brian J. Sullivan is a Member of Murphy Sullivan Kronk. His practice areas include Land Use and Regulatory Matters, Appellate Litigation and Immigration.
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Brian’s practice focuses on Vermont land use, zoning and regulatory matters and resulting appellate litigation, and immigration law. Brian has appeared before numerous municipal zoning and planning boards in Vermont and has practiced before each of the District Environmental Commissions that are responsible for administering Act 250 (Vermont’s statewide land use law). Through the appellate process, Brian has also represented clients before the Vermont Environmental Court, the former Vermont Environmental Board, the Vermont Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Within the area of land use and zoning law, Brian has developed a further area of concentration representing telecommunications companies in their network development operations, including acquiring real property for the purpose of siting telecommunications facilities, obtaining state and municipal land use permits to enable the development of those facilities, and handling post-approval compliance matters. In his telecommunications work, Brian has represented both wireless communications service providers and developers of associated infrastructure. Through this representation, Brian has acquired significant experience practicing before the Vermont Public Utility Commission (formerly Public Service Board).

Brian also represents businesses and individuals in the process of obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas, both in employment-based and family based cases. He represents individuals in the process of naturalization. Brian has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Labor, USCIS Service Centers, as well as the USCIS St. Albans, Vermont Field Office, several U.S. Consulates and Ports of Entry. Brian heads MSK’s immigration practice and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Brian began his legal career with Sidley & Austin in Chicago. He relocated to Burlington, Vermont in 1989 and joined Burak Anderson & Melloni, where he became a partner and remained until becoming a founding member of MSK in February 2004.

Brian stays active and enthusiastically participates in Cardio Sport fitness classes. Brian has a near fluency in Spanish, French and Brazilian-Portuguese and a strong working knowledge of Italian.

Representative Engagements

- Represented the nation’s largest wireless telecommunications carrier in all of its permitting, environmental compliance and litigation matters over the last 20 years.

- Represented a Vermont developer in connection with development of an office building with national tenants.

- Represented clients in litigation matters before the U.S. District Court for Vermont, the Second Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Vermont Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Land Use and Appellate Litigation
  • Vermont Act 250
  • Utility Regulation
  • Municipal Zoning and Planning
  • Immigration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
802-316-4954  Phone
(802) 861-7000  Phone
802-861-7007  Fax
University Attended:
University of Chicago, B.A., general and special honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Student Marshal, 1984
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1987
Year of First Admission:
1990, Vermont; 1987, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1987, Illinois; 1990, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court

Vermont Bar Association; Chittenden County Bar Association; American Bar Association

Special Agencies:

American Immigration Lawyers Association

English and French and Spanish and Portuguese
Birth Information:
Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 1962
Reported Cases:
Powell v. HEF, et al., 793 F. Supp. 91 (D. Vt. 1992); 835 F.Supp. 762 (D. Vt. 1993); In re Chittenden Solid Waste District, 163 Vt. 185 (1995); In re Appeal of Freeman, 975 F. Supp. 570 (D. Vt. 1997), 204 F.3d 311 (2d Cir. 2000), cert. denied, 121 S. Ct. 276 (2000); Chittenden Solid Waste District v. Hinesburg Sand and Gravel Co., Inc., 169 Vt. 153 (1999); In Re Vermont RSA Limited Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, [Newport Church] 2007 Vt 23 (April 2, 2007); In Re Curtis, 179 Vt 620 (January 19, 2006); In Re Verizon Wireless Barton Permit, 2010 Vt. 62 (2010).
Hobbies & interests:
Latin American culture, travel, soccer, baseball and fitness
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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Burlington, Vermont