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 48th 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
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, 2021-2022
Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated, 2022
Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney – Appellate, Litigation, 2021
Arlington Magazine, Top Attorney – Litigation, 2019
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
Business Litigation Super Lawyer, 2008
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2019-2022
Virginia Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, 2006, 2014-2022
Lawyers.com, 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