Assistant Professor of Law in Residence
Areas of Expertise:
Debtor and Creditor Rights
Gary Sullivan is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., 1996). During law school, Professor Sullivan served as Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review, was elected to Order of the Coif, and earned distinctions as a Hugo Black Scholar and recipient of the M. Leigh Harrison Award. Professor Sullivan also earned a B.A. (Chemistry) from Huntingdon College (1992) and an M.B.A. from the Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama (1993).
Professor Sullivan began practicing law with Balch & Bingham LLP in 1996, and he was a founding member of Sullivan & Gray LLC in 2006. His practice and scholarly interests focus on creditor rights, bankruptcy, U.C.C. and commercial litigation. Professor Sullivan currently teaches Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy, Payment Systems and Sales. His prior teaching experience at the Law School includes Trial Advocacy I, Trial Advocacy II, and Advanced Commercial Law.
For the past several years, Professor Sullivan has served on various bar committees. He was an Observer to the Study Committee on Wage Garnishment, Uniform Law Commission (2012-2013), a Member of the ALI Article 9 Amendments Committee (2011-2012), as well as a Member of the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (2011-present). He also currently serves as Member on the Faculty Committee for Public Interest (2010-present) and the ALI Asset Freezing Orders Committee (2013-present).
Professor Sullivan’s publications include:
Lien Subordination in Municipal Bankruptcy: Viewing CAPEX Through the ‘Necessary Operating Expenses’ Lens of 928(B), 32 Oct. Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 34 (2013)
Purchasers Lacking Privity Overcoming ‘the Rule’ for Express Warranty Claims: Expanding Judicial Application of Common Law Theories and Liberal Interpretation of U.C.C. 2-318, 5 Drexel L. Rev. 49 (2012) (co-authored with Braxton Thrash)
Inevitably Imminent as ‘Exigent’? Impending Foreclosures as Grounds for Waiver of the Credit Counseling Requirement, 31 Nov. Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 30 (2012)
Alabama Tax Certificate Investors Beware: Negotiating Through the Labyrinth of, and Important Limitations to Recovering Money in, the Redemption Process, 73 Ala. Law. 416 (2012)
Purchasing from Merchants on eBay and the Implied Warranty of Merchantability, 70 Ala. Law. 266 (2009)
Thin Red Line: An Analysis of the Role of Legal Assistants in the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process, 23 J. Legal. Prof. 15 (1999) (co-authored with David Epstein)
In Defense of Recoupment: Why ‘Setoff’ of Prepetition Utility Deposits Against Prepetition Debt is not Subject to the Automatic Stay, 15 Bankr. Dev. J. 63 (1998)