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Hogan Lovells US LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment




Over the past 20 years, major automotive companies have turned to John Sullivan to represent them in courts and administrative agencies throughout the U.S. With a focus on franchise litigation and related disputes, John has represented Acura, Ferrari, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volvo.

John has also represented companies in specialized motor vehicle areas, such as ambulances and fire engines. He has written amicus briefs on important issues in the industry for its leading trade association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. In addition to representing automotive clients in litigation, John advises them on the applicable laws of all 50 states to help them fashion national programs and avoid lawsuits by dealers and investigations by regulators.

John attended New York University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, John clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He practiced for many years as a general litigator, handling matters including bankruptcy, class actions, commodities, constitutional law, creditors’ rights, criminal law, directors’ and officers’ liability, employment, intellectual property, legal malpractice, sales, securities, and unfair competition.




J.D., New York University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1980

B.A., Cornell University, with distinction, 1976

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

Providing regulatory advice that shapes the future of mobility, Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s team works with leading participants and disrupters across nearly all levels of the automotive industry supply chain. It also advises on the market’s most significant and high-value rail industry matters. Transportation regulatory practice leader Latane Montague  consistently acts in high-stakes safety and emissions crises; rail practice leader Kevin Sheys  is lead regulatory and railroad counsel on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s planned $5.5bn acquisition of the Washington DC and Richmond (VA) rail line; and Michael Kidney   has over two decades’ experience in defending automotive industry-targeted lawsuits. Also highly regarded are Joanne Rotondi , the industry sector head for transport and logistics; and automotive industry sector co-head, William Yavinsky . In New York, Carl Chiappa is a highly rated motor vehicle franchise law expert, while John Sullivan  focuses on franchise litigation and related disputes. Counsel Emily Kimball in Denver and senior associate Kathryn Lannon are key contacts below partner level. In January 2021, automotive litigation specialist Ryan Ford was made partner. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.