- The College of William and Mary, B.A., 1986
- Yale Law School, J.D., 1990
Richard J. Sullivan was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in July 2007 and entered on duty on August 6, 2007. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as the General Counsel and Managing Director of Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk and insurance services firm.
From 1994 to 2005, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and Director of the New York/New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 2003, he was awarded the Henry L. Stimson Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. In 1998, he was named the Federal Law Enforcement Associations Prosecutor of the Year. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorneys Office, he was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York and a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
He is a graduate of Yale Law School and the College of William & Mary. From 1986 to 1987, he served as a New York City Urban Fellow under New York City Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward. Judge Sullivan is a member of the New York American Inn of Court and an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches courses on white collar crime and trial advocacy.