Brian J. Sullivan - Murphy Sullivan Kronk

Brian J. Sullivan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 802-861-7000

Brian began his legal career with Sidley & Austin in Chicago. He relocated to Burlington, Vermont in 1989 and joined Burak Anderson & Melloni, where he became a partner and remained until becoming a founding member of MSK in February 2004. Brian's practice focuses on Vermont land use, zoning and regulatory matters and resulting appellate litigation. Brian has appeared before numerous municipal zoning and planning boards in Vermont and has practiced before each of the District Environmental Commissions that are responsible for administering Act 250 (Vermont's statewide land use law). Through the appellate process, Brian has also represented clients before the Vermont Environmental Court, the former Vermont Environmental Board, the Vermont Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Within the area of land use and zoning law, Brian has developed a further area of concentration representing telecommunications companies in their network development operations, including acquiring real property for the purpose of siting telecommunications facilities, obtaining state and municipal land use permits to enable the development of those facilities, and handling post-approval compliance matters. In his telecommunications work, Brian has represented both wireless communications service providers and developers of associated infrastructure. He was recently nominated by the Governor of Vermont to serve on a legislative study committee to review the effect of the Vermont regulatory process on the deployment of telecommunications services.

Brian is currently a member of the Vermont and American Bar Associations. Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the King Street Center and is a member of the newly formed Champlain Area Chapter of the NAACP.  He has been a volunteer youth soccer coach with the Greater Burlington Girls Soccer League and the Nordic Spirit Soccer Club.

Brian graduated from the University of Chicago in 1984, with General and Special Honors after having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa and chosen as a Student Marshall, the University's highest academic honor. In 1987, Brian graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1987, to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 2000.

Brian especially enjoys travel, soccer and Latin American culture.  He recently had the good fortune of experiencing all three as a spectator at the 2014 Men’s World Cup in Brazil and unlikely participant in beach soccer games. 

Brian stays active and enthusiastically participates in Cardio Sport fitness classes. Brian has a near fluency in Spanish, French and Brazilian-Portuguese and a strong working knowledge of Italian. He lives with his wife and three children in Burlington.

Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1987

Office Location

275 College Street
P.O. Box 4485
Burlington, VT 05406-4485
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Burlington Metro Area
Brian J. Sullivan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Other Information

Gender: Male