Dustin R.T. Sullivan

Dustin R.T. Sullivan

Bolivia, North Carolina
910-253-8100 (Toll Free)

Mr. Sullivan has handled thousands or cases involving criminal defense, taking on a hands-on approach to his clients, dedicating himself to having his clients understand the process of their case. Mr. Sullivan has earned a number of awards on a national, state, and local level for his work in DWI Defense and Criminal Defense.

Mr. Sullivan handles a wide variety of cases, ranging from speeding tickets to class B1 felonies. Over the course of his career he has been televised on national television outlets for his criminal defense and has been television on MTV's "Teen Mom 2". Mr. Sullivan has a great deal of trial experience which he brings to the table for each and every client Focusing his attention to only criminal defense and DWI cases, he fights to make sure his clients' rights are protected.

In 2001, Mr. Sullivan was accepted into the United State Army Reserve JAG Corps. However, after careful consideration and belief in "family first", he thought it appropriate to continue practicing law in the area he calls home.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Sullivan attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, receiving multiple scholarships in football, academics, community service, and leadership. He played football all four years, where his team finished 18th in the nation for Division1-AA. Mr. Sullivan attended the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia where he was awarded for his services in Moot Court and Community Service as well as his membership in multiple organizations.

Dustin Sullivan worked at the Prosecutors Office in Cincinnati, OH for nearly four years and began his career in North Carolina working for the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office and New Hanover District Attorney's Office during and following law school. Mr. Sullivan also was a partner for over three years at Sullivan & Williams focusing on criminal defense.

Dustin RT Sullivan is an active member and strong supporter of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Driving While Impaired (DWI/DUI)
  • 35% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Traffic
  • 5% Expunctions

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2007
  • Alaska, 2016


  • Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia - 2006
    • Honors: Moot Court Award
    • Honors: Community Service Award
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, 2006
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: History

Representative Clients

  • Jenelle Evans - Star of MTV's Teen Mom 2


  • Hon. Judge Ola M. Lewis - Resident Sup. Court Judge
  • Hon. Judge Fred Gore - District Ct. Judge
  • Hon. Judge Scott L. Ussery - Cheif Dist. Ct. Judge
  • Hon. Judge Jason Disbrow - Dist. Ct. Judge


  • Starting Your Own Law Practice, Appalachian School of Law, 2016
  • Starting Your Own Law Firm, Criminal Law Primer, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star in DWI Defense - Super Lawyers of North Carolina, 2017, 2017 - 2018
  • Pro Bon Publico- Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2014 - Present
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2014 - 2015
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice, 2012 - 2018
  • Avvo Criminal Defense Top Contributor, 2012 - 2018
  • Superb Rating as Top Attorney in Criminal Defense
  • 2013 Shorepicks Finalist for Best Attorney by Wilmington Star
  • 2017 Finalist for Best Attorney in Cape Fear Region by Wilmington Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brunswick County Bar, President, 2012 - Present
  • 13th Judicial District, President / Past President
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Appalachian School of Law NC Division, President, 2007 - Present
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense, Member, 2014 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army Reserve JAG Corps
  • Sullivan & Snow, PLLC, Owner, 2010 - 2014
  • Sullivan & Williams, PLLC, Owner, 2007 - 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2012 - Present


  • English
  • Spanish