Richard J. Sullivan was appointed judge to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 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, Sullivan was 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 New York City Bar Association. Sullivan was named the Federal Law Enforcement Associations Prosecutor of the Year in 1998. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s 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 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sullivan earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from the College of William and Mary. From 1986 to 1987, he served as a New York City Urban Fellow under New York City Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward. He is a member of the New York American Inn of Court and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses on white collar crime and trial advocacy.