Gary Sullivan
Associate Professor of Law in Residence

Areas of Expertise:
Business Litigation
Commercial Law
Trial Advocacy

Gary Sullivan

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 (1994). 

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 bankruptcy, business and commercial litigation, creditor rights, and trial advocacy.   Professor Sullivan currently teaches Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy, Pretrial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy. His prior teaching experience at the Law School includes Contracts, Secured Transactions, Payment Systems, Sales, and Advanced Commercial Law.  He currently manages the pedagogical trial advocacy program at the Law School, where he serves as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Trial Advocacy Curriculum Committee.

Professor Sullivan has served on various bar and faculty committees.  He recently served as a panelist for the Alabama Bankruptcy Assistant Project (2019), as a Member of the Alabama State Bar Committee for Amendments to the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (2016-2017), and as Chairman of the Faculty Committee for Public Interest (2017 to present).  He has also served as 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) and the ALI Asset Freezing Orders Committee (2013-2015).  Outside of law, Professor Sullivan serves locally as a little league coach in basketball and soccer and is currently Chairman of the Tennis Committee at NorthRiver Yacht Club.

Professor Sullivan’s publications include:

A Fresh Start to Bankruptcy Exemptions, 2018 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 335 (2018)

Bankruptcy and Unbundling:  Oil and Water?, 77 Ala. Law. 344 (2016)

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)