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Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.

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Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr. is a shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman, practicing in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He has represented clients in Virginia and...


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LATEST NEWS / May 22, 2024

Understanding “Equitable Distribution” in Virginia Divorce

Divorce is not just a separation of two lives but also the division of their shared assets, including property and debts accumulated during the marriage. In Virginia, this division is governed by a principle known as "equitable distribution." Unlike the term might suggest, "equitable" does not mean "equal" but rather what the court deems fair based on several factors enumerated… Read more
LATEST NEWS / May 20, 2024

Critical Contract Terms for Construction in 2024: Legal Strategies for Navigating Uncertain Economic Waters

We have recently discussed the 2024 construction market and economic conditions, the impact of the same locally and resulting risk issues, and examined the second order impacts from the state of the economy. We now will focus on specific critical contract terms and suggestions that developers and contractors should focus on in the current environment.   Preserving Bond and Lien… Read more
LATEST NEWS / May 1, 2024

Business Owners: Yes You Still Need to Disclose Who Owns Your Company

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) was adopted to bring more openness into the business world by making companies disclose their true owners. This initiative aimed to thwart crimes like money laundering by removing the veil of anonymity that some business owners exploit. The law's relatively straightforward path hit a major snag after a trial court ruling in Alabama found the… Read more
LATEST NEWS / May 1, 2024

Embracing the Future: The Role of Data Centers in Virginia’s Economic and Technological Landscape

Introduction As Virginia continues to establish itself as a central hub in the digital economy, data centers have become critical to supporting our extensive digital needs. These facilities are essential for cloud computing, internet services, and managing the vast amounts of data generated by businesses and consumers. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) further highlights the strategic importance of these… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 29, 2024

Spousal Support: Navigating Uncertainties in Virginia Divorce

Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, can be one of the more contentious and unpredictable aspects of a divorce in Virginia. Unlike child support, which follows relatively straightforward guidelines, spousal support considerations are more nuanced, with significant discretion left to the court. This blog aims to shed light on how spousal support is determined in Virginia, helping you navigate… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 30, 2024

Navigating Second-Order Economic Impacts on Construction: Strategic Legal Insights for 2024

We recently discussed the general construction market in 2024 by sector and the specific economic impacts at play in the construction market. We now turn to discussing some of the second order effects that these economic factors are having in the Washington, DC construction market here in April 2024. We will then raise some specific areas of legal concern implicated… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 29, 2024

Arlington County’s Strategic Response to Rising Office Vacancy Rates

Arlington County is pursuing measures to address the challenges of increasing office vacancy rates, influenced by changing work patterns and economic conditions. The county has implemented several strategic initiatives aimed at revitalizing its commercial real estate sector. These measures include adaptive reuse of obsolete buildings, enhancements to density allowances in Rosslyn, and updates to parking standards for compact cars. These… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 24, 2024

Economic Dynamics and Risk Management in Construction: A Legal Perspective for 2024

In our last article, we discussed the general state of the regional construction economy and how that applies to specific industry vertical markets. We now turn to specific national macro-economic trends and discuss how these trends in turn impact the current regional construction economy. As part of this dialogue, we also discuss how these specific trends point towards specific contract… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 22, 2024

Arbitration: The Strategic Avenue in Business Dispute Resolution

At Bean, Kinney & Korman, my experience as a litigator has provided me with countless opportunities to observe the transformative power of arbitration in resolving disputes outside the traditional court system. Arbitration is a strategic choice for businesses. Arbitration comes in a variety of forms, each designed to cater to the specific needs and circumstances of the disputing parties. Let’s… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 17, 2024

Is a Private School’s 501(c)(3) Status Enough to Subject it to Title IX Compliance Obligations?

In a decision of significance for private schools and other tax-exempt organizations, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth Circuit”) decided recently that merely having 501(c)(3) tax status is not a form of “federal financial assistance” sufficient to subject a tax-exempt school or organization to compliance obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 15, 2024

Advanced Mediation and Collaborative Divorce: Tailoring Solutions for Complex Situations

Navigating divorce can be challenging enough without adding to the additional stresses and expenses of the judicial system and litigation. What you may not know is, there are other options! When considering options, consider advanced mediation or collaborative divorce. Both options offer a more nuanced and cooperative framework than traditional litigation or simple mediation, making them ideal for couples facing… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 10, 2024

EEOC Doubles Enforcement Effort Against Employers in FY2023

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently released its FY 2023 Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) Annual Report reflecting the agency’s litigation efforts to enforce federal anti-discrimination laws for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023.It shows that the agency doubled the number of lawsuits filed against employers. The EEOC is responsible for enforcement of many federal employment laws,… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 9, 2024

Safeguarding Your Construction Business Against Third-Party Bankruptcy

The ripple effects of a bankruptcy in the construction sector can be far-reaching, impacting not just the entity filing for bankruptcy but also its partners, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners. The financial stability of your construction business can be severely affected by the bankruptcy of a third party, regardless of its tier in the construction process. However, with… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 4, 2024

The Data Center Boom in Prince William County: Growth, Challenges, and Community Impact

The emergence of Northern Virginia, specifically Prince William County, as a burgeoning data center hub encapsulates a dynamic intersection of technological advancement and community response. This region, on track to surpass Loudoun County as the data center capital of the world, exemplifies the massive infrastructural and economic transformations driven by the digital era. With over forty-five existing data centers and… Read more
LATEST NEWS / April 3, 2024

Getting to Yes: Traditional Negotiation vs. Mediation in Virginia Divorces

As you navigate the complexities of divorce in Virginia, understanding the best path to reach an agreement on issues such as property division, child custody, and support is crucial. Two primary approaches to resolving these disputes are the traditional negotiation process and mediation. This blog will explore both methods, highlighting their benefits and considerations, to help you choose the path… Read more
LATEST NEWS / March 6, 2024

What to Expect from Divorce Proceedings in Virginia

Divorce represents a major change in a family’s structure. Naturally, going through the divorce process is a challenging life event that not only has emotional complexities, but also financial and legal implications. Understanding the divorce process in Virginia is one way to help remove some of the anxieties surrounding the divorce process. This blog aims to provide a guide on… Read more
LATEST NEWS / February 27, 2024

Navigating “Pay-if-Paid” and “Pay-when-Paid” Clauses in DC, Virginia, and Maryland: A Guide for Construction Professionals

In the fast-paced world of construction, managing financial risk is paramount for both general contractors and subcontractors. A critical aspect of this risk management is understanding the contractual mechanisms in place, particularly "Pay-if-paid" and "Pay-when-paid" clauses. These clauses can significantly impact the cash flow and financial stability of the parties involved. Here's what you need to know about these clauses… Read more
LATEST NEWS / February 21, 2024

Avoiding the “Sunk Cost Fallacy” in Legal Disputes

When considering a settlement proposal, businesses and individuals alike often fall into the decision-making trap termed the “sunk cost fallacy.” This article will discuss what the sunk cost fallacy is, provide common examples, and explore strategies for avoiding its pitfalls. What is the Sunk Cost Fallacy? The sunk cost fallacy is a concept in economics and behavioral science that describes… Read more
LATEST NEWS / February 7, 2024

What is a “Low Wage” Worker and Why It Matters to Virginia Employers

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) announced recently that the average weekly wage, which is used to define “low wage employee” in the Commonwealth would increase to $1,410 per week in 2024, up from $1,343 per week in 2023. Why might that matter if you are a Virginia employer? Since 2020, Virginia law has prohibited employers from entering,… Read more

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