Nora Sullivan practices in state and federal courts on a variety of complex commercial disputes and tort matters. Ms. Sullivan has represented a wide range of individual and corporate clients on matters ranging from complex business litigation, contracts, employment, and unfair competition claims to products liability, torts and insurance, and pharmaceutical/medical device defense.
Ms. Sullivan joined the firm from the Washington D.C. office of Jones Day. At Jones Day, Ms. Sullivan helped defend a U.S. government subcontractor in a negligence suit arising from Hurricane Katrina. Before practicing at Jones Day, Ms. Sullivan clerked for the Honorable Robert G. Doumar on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Ms. Sullivan grew up in Greensboro and is a double Tar Heel. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law with Honors. In law school, she earned a position on the University of North Carolina Law Review, for which she served as Symposium Editor. As an undergraduate, Ms. Sullivan double majored in broadcast journalism and political science, and she anchored UNC’s weekly newscast, Carolina Week.
Before law school, Ms. Sullivan worked in the commercial real estate finance industry coordinating CMBS loan defeasance transactions. Defeasance is a process by which a borrower substitutes U.S. government securities for real property as collateral on a securitized commercial mortgage loan.
Ms. Sullivan is a board member of Women for Success, a fundraising arm of Dress for Success Triangle. She is also a graduate of Leadership Raleigh’s 31st class.
Awards and Honors
- Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Young Guns (2015, 2017)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, "Rising Stars" list, Personal Injury Products: Defense (2016-present)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, 31st Class of Leadership Raleigh
- Defense Research Institute
- North Carolina Bar Association
- 10th Judicial District Bar Association
- Wake County Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
- "Attention Manufacturers: Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument to Resolve Circuit Split on Scope of Personal Jurisdiction", June 2017
- "Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable Under CAFA: A Unanimous Decision of the United States Supreme Court Has Broad Implications for Businesses," Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Newsletter, March 2014
- "D.A.R.E. to Market Off-Label Uses of Prescription Drugs? Make Sure You are in the Second Circuit:United States v. Caronia and the New Off-Label Landscape," The Whisper, Volume 9
Prior Legal Experience
- Associate, Jones Day
- Clerkship, The Honorable Robert G. Doumar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Virginia, 2010
- North Carolina, 2011
- District of Columbia, 2012
- United States District Courts
- Western District of North Carolina
- Middle District of North Carolina
- Eastern District of North Carolina
- Eastern District of Virginia
- Western District of Virginia