Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.
t: 703.525.4000
f: 703.525.2207


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 federal courts for over thirty years. He has extensive trial experience and is also an expert in alternatives to litigation for resolving commercial disputes. He served for years, and at one point chaired, the Bar’s Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and helped craft the rules on mediation and arbitration in Virginia. Additionally, he taught negotiations at George Mason Law School.

Rip represents a wide variety of clients as a commercial litigation attorney including technology companies, banks, construction and real estate firms, government contractors, and nonprofits.

In addition to his law practice, Rip is a member of the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 6th District in the House of Delegates. He is also active in numerous community, civic, and professional organizations.

Beyond the Suit

Rip lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Beth. They have four children.


  • Products Liability/Mass Tort – Member of a nationwide trial team defending a large pharmaceutical company in a multi-billion-dollar diet drug litigation.
  • Defense counsel for a large Northern Virginia hospital system and its related entities, physicians and staff for seven years, defending medical malpractice cases in the state and federal courts of Virginia.

Bar and Court Admissions

Virginia, 1987

District of Columbia, 1999


Amherst College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1987

Awards and Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Real Estate, 2021-2024

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated, 2022-2023

Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney – Appellate, Litigation, 2021

Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney – Litigation, 2019, 2022-2023

American Lawyers Media Virginia’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012

Virginia Lawyers Media Virginia’s Leaders in the Law, 2012

Virginia Business Legal Elite in Civil Litigation, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2020, 2023

Business Litigation Super Lawyer, 2008

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2019-2024

Virginia Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, 2006, 2014-2024, AV Preeminent Rated


United States Institute of Peace International – Advisory Council Member

Fairfax County Park Authority Board – former Board Member

Virginia Law Foundation – Fellow

Virginia Bar Association – former Member of the Board of Governors, former member of Committee on Federal Judgeships – Eastern District

Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course – former Faculty Member

George Mason Law School – former Adjunct Faculty, teaching negotiation

Fairfax Bar Association

Fairfax Law Foundation – former Board Member

Federal Bar Association

McLean Community Foundation – former President

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at The University of Virginia – former Board Member

Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee – former Member and former Chair

Virginia State Bar Emergency Legal Services Task Force – former Chairman

Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services – former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Funding Alternatives

Fairfax County Housing and Redevelopment Authority – former Vice-Chair

Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission – former member

Virginia Commission on Civics Education – former member

Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission – former member

Legal Services of Northern Virginia – former President and Board Member

Potomac Legal Aid Society – former Board Member

Virginia State Bar Council – Represented the 19th Judicial Circuit (2003-2009)

Alexandria Bar Foundation – former Board Member

Homestretch, Inc. – former Vice Chairman and Board Member

Virginia State Bar Special Committee on the Resolution of Fee Disputes – former Chairman

Dranesville Budget Task Force – former Chair


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