Dana L. Sullivan - Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP

Dana L. Sullivan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 503-974-5023

Dana L. Sullivan has represented individuals in employment and civil rights litigation for seventeen years.  From 1995 until 1997, after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Malcolm F. Marsh, United States District Court Judge for the District of Oregon, Dana practiced with the Washington D.C., firm of Bernabei & Katz. While with Bernabei & Katz, Dana was involved in numerous high-profile employment discrimination suits that garnered national attention. She also served as a contract investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, investigating claims of discrimination filed by federal employees.   In 1997, Dana returned to Portland, and continued her employment law practice with the firm of Hoevet, Snyder & Boise, PC. In 2002, Dana joined the firm of McKanna Bishop Joffe & Sullivan as a partner. She has been a partner at Buchanan, Angeli, Altschul & Sullivan LLP since the firm’s inception in 2008.   

Dana routinely handles litigation matters involving claims of discrimination, violation of family and medical leave laws, constitutional violations, wrongful discharge, whistleblowing, and breach of contract in both the private and public sectors. Dana also represents federal employees in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. In addition to representing clients in litigation, Dana provides advice to employees seeking assistance in the negotiation of employment contracts and severance agreements.  

Dana is an active member of the Oregon, Washington and California bars.  She currently serves as the President of the Multnomah Bar Association.  From 1999 until 2011 she served on the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and she served as the OTLA President during the 2009-10 term.  

Dana is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and has served as a guest lecturer for classes at Portland State University and Lewis & Clark Law School.  Recent topics include family leave and disability laws, sexual harassment claims, the basics of litigating an employment case, proving damages, and issues surrounding expert witness testimony.

Princeton UniversityAB 1989New York University School of LawLL.B 1993
Multnomah Bar AssociationOregon Trial Lawyers AssociationOregon Trial Lawyers AssociationOregon Women LawyersNational Employment Lawyers AssociationAmerican Association for JusticeFederal Bar Association

Client Comments

"Dana Sullivan at BAAS is more than an outstanding attorney. When I was unlawfully terminated, I lost an entire community, my self respect and my career. I found a new community at BAAS and a new friend in Dana Sullivan. Dana possesses a great passion, dedication, and knowledge of the law. I believe that her skills make a positive difference in the legal realm and in this world because she made a significant life-changing difference in mine. She walked me through very difficult and emotional times and helped me confront those who had wronged me. Not only did she aid me in the legal process, but she helped me to find a new job when I believed my career to be over. I will always remember and be grateful to Dana and the staff at BAAS. They saved my career, my confidence, my self respect, and my life. "

"Dana was professional, knowledgeable, and tactful in all her negotiations with my previous employer and me. I am more than happy with the results of our efforts, and I would recommend her to anyone. Thanks, Dana. "

"Dana Sullivan was recommended by a friend who is a lawyer, but who practices in a different field. To many, the route of a whistle-blower is seen as a career suicide; you're either seen as a hero, or many times as a foe by those that long have been thriving within that broken system. I knew I did not have a slum-dunk case, but the whole issue was about finally doing the right thing. What I appreciated about Dana from the get-go was her honest, no-nonsense ability to walk you through a reality check of outcomes. She is a consummate professional who clearly cares about her clients. She demonstrated this by her accessibility and very quick responses to both emails and phone calls. I would highly recommend her in a heartbeat! "

"Dana was a delight. I only interacted with her a few times, but she seemed like an old friend. I immediately trusted that she had my best interest at heart. She comes across as wise, professional, and approachable. I would certainly contact her again, and I appreciate the sound guidance she provided."

"Not only was Dana a joy to work with, she was an excellent writer, and a direct and professional communicator with all parties involved. She was very upfront about the uncertainties of the process and never had a problem repeating information that she had previously provided. I was comforted by the fact that she had gone through this process with so many before me and had real life experiences from which she could reference."

Office Location

321 Southwest Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Individuals of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Dana L. Sullivan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals

Other Information

Gender: Female