Sullivan Meheula Lee, LLLP
Barry Sullivan focuses his legal practice on real estate/real estate finance, corporate structuring, development, and the resolution of complex commercial disputes. In over twenty-five years of practice, Barry has become trusted counsel to some of the most successful and active private equity funds, institutional investors, and developers doing business in Hawaii. His breadth of experience in complex commercial litigation, real estate, hospitality, and Hawaii development and business enables Barry to provide informed, cost-effective and, most of all, useful advice to his clients.
Since 2005, Barry has acted as lead or local counsel in over $9 Billion in real estate and corporate financings and over $5 Billion in real estate sales and development projects. Notable transactions and matters include:
In addition to his work for business clients, Barry has substantial experience as a principal in entitlement, construction and development on Oahu, and as CFO and CEO of a venture-funded technology company, and seeks to apply the lessons he has learned as the “owner/client” for the benefit of his clients.
Barry’s litigation practice started in the early 1990's and included a broad based caseload of state and federal court disputes. His litigation practice currently is limited to co-counsel with his litigation partners on very large, complex disputes. Notable experiences include maintaining a perfect record in defending state court CAAP arbitrations as a young attorney, lead plaintiff counsel on successful ERISA and insurance class actions in Hawaii Federal Court, environmental liability defense, administrative/zoning appeals, lead counsel on over $1 Billion in commercial foreclosures, and lead counsel in substantial commercial and real estate disputes in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Outside of commercial foreclosures, Barry has been lead plaintiff’s counsel in the recovery of well over $60,000,000 for his clients.
Barry has been recognized as a Hawaii Super Lawyer ™ every year since its inception in real estate, selected as one of Hawaii’s Best Lawyers in each of securitization and structured finance law, real estate law, corporate law, and commercial litigation.
Barry earned a B.A. in Economics, with College Honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1988. In addition to his academic work, he served as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, was elected as the Student Body President, appointed as a Student Trustee on the University Board of Trustees, and received both the Citicorp Scholarship and the Edwin Frank Prize in Finance. Barry was a semi-professional bicycle racer and raced throughout the U.S. and Europe before attending graduate school and then law school where he graduated, cum laude, in 1992 from Cornell Law School.