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Edward J. Sullivan

Edward J. Sullivan

Retired Owner - Portland

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
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Edward Sullivan specialized in land use law for over 45 years and is a retired owner who previously practiced in the Portland Office of Garvey Schubert Barer.  Before going into private practice, he served as assistant county counsel and county counsel for Washington County, Oregon, and as legal counsel to the governor of Oregon.

Professional Activities

  • Elected, Regional vice-president, 9th circuit, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Board Member, Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association; Chair, Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee, 2000-2010
  • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, 2003-present
  • Regional Vice President, Ninth Circuit North, International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA); Member, the International, Awards, and Planning, Zoning and Land Development Committees; Chair, Planning, Zoning and Land Development Committee, 2005-2006; Co-Chair, Annual Meeting Host Committee, 2006
  • Chair, Section on State and Local Government Law, American Bar Association, 2006-2007; Vice-Chair, 2004-2005; Secretary, 2003-2004; Council Member, 2000-present; Member and Vice-Chair, Land Use Committee, 2002-2003; Chair, Subcommittee on Comprehensive Planning and Urban Growth, 2002-2005
  • Chair, Housing Land Alliance, 2004-2009
  • Chair, Advisory Committee, Urban Lawyer
  • Chair, 120-Day Club, 1991-present
  • Editor, Land Use, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education publication, 1975, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2010 Editions
  • Contributor and Associate Editor, Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Law Digest, Oregon State Bar, 1979-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, 1973-present; Administrative Law, 1980-2000; Oregon Land Use Law, 2000-present
  • Instructor, Planning Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, 1987-present
  • Instructor, Planning Law, Willamette University, 1984-1988
  • Member, American Planning Association, Legislative and Policy Committee, 2014

Community Activities

  • Chair, Parish Council, St. Patrick's Catholic Parish, Portland, 1984-2009
  • President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of Oregon, 1984-2008



  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1969
  • University College (London), LL.M., 1978
  • Portland State University, Urban Studies Certificate, 1974
  • University College (Oxford), Diploma in Law, 1984
  • University of Durham, M.A., Political Thought, 1998
  • Portland State University, M.A., 1973
  • St. John's University, B.A., 1966


  • Not Practicing Law 

Professional Recognition

  • Named Best Lawyers® Portland, OR, "Lawyer of the Year,” in the area of Administrative Law, 2012, 2015; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, 2013
  • Named by peers to Best Lawyers© in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law, 2007-2015; Administrative Law, 2011-2015
  • Award of Recognition, Oregon City Attorneys Association, May 4, 2012
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2014; named among the Top 50 Oregon Super Lawyers, 2007-2013; named among the Top 10 Oregon Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Named as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014
  • Voted by peers to receive "Best of the Bar" Award in the area of Real Estate and Land Use in Portland Business Journal, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated