A Leading, Award-Winning Law Firm In North Carolina

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Dustin R.T. Sullivan

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
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Mr. Sullivan has handled tens of 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.


  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2007
  • Alaska, 2016


  • Expertise.com - Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Wilmington --2021
  • Rising Star in DWI Defense - Super Lawyers of North Carolina
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice
  • Avvo Criminal Defense Top Contributor
  • 2017 Finalist for Best Attorney in Cape Fear Region by Wilmington Star
  • Pro Bon Publico- Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Superb Rating as Top Attorney in Criminal Defense
  • 2013 Shorepicks Finalist for Best Attorney by Wilmington Star

Classes and Seminars

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


  • English
  • Spanish

Practice Areas

  • Driving While Impaired (DWI/DUI) 50%
  • Criminal Defense 40%
  • Traffic 10%

Professional Associations

  • Brunswick County Bar, President, 2012 - 2019 (approximately 100 members)
  • 13th Judicial District, President / Past President, 2016 - 2019 (approximately 200 members)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member, 2007 to Present
  • Appalachian School of Law NC Division, President, 2007 to Present
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense, Member, 2014 to 2016

Representative Clients

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


  • Hon. Judge Jason C. Disbrow- Resident Superior Court Judge of Brunswick County, NC
  • Hon. Judge Fred Gore- North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Hon. Judge Scott L. Ussery- Chief District Court Judge 13th Judicial District
  • Hon. Judge Bryan Wilson- District Court Judge 13th Judicial District
  • Hon. Judge Wil Callihan- District Court Judge 13th Judicial District
  • Hon. Judge Calvin Chandler- District Court Judge 13th Judicial District
  • Hon. Judge Sarah McPherson- District Court Judge 13th Judicial District

Past Positions

  • Sullivan & Snow, PLLC, Owner, 2010 to 2014
  • Sullivan & Williams, PLLC, Owner, 2007 to 2010

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2012 to Present