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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

Hogan Lovells US LLP represents both traditional automotive companies and emerging mobility industry players. It routinely works with leading participants and disrupters across the industry supply chain; and leverages its global team for cross-border work. In Washington DC, the track record of transportation regulatory practice head Latane Montague includes high-stakes transport industry-related safety and emissions crises; and rail practice leader Kevin Sheys is ‘thoroughly versed in railroad environmental law‘. Also integral to the DC office are transport and logistics sector leader, Joanne Rotondi; automotive industry co-head William Yavinsky; and Michael Kidney, who has longstanding experience in defending automotive industry-targeted lawsuits. In New York, John Sullivan acts in franchise litigation and related disputes, while senior counsel Carl Chiappa is a widely respected motor vehicle franchise law expert. In Denver, counsel Emily Kimball has served as outside counsel for the Railway Supply Institute since 2012. Notable growth in DC includes the early 2021 promotion to partner of Ryan Ford, who handles litigation for motor vehicle manufacturers; and the January 2022 elevation to counsel of transportation industry-focused environmental and safety regulation expert, Kathryn Lannon.