Firm Profile

Sullivan, Ward, Patton, Gleeson & Felty, P.C.


400 Galleria Officentre, Suite 500
Southfield, MI 48034-2179
United States
(248) 746.0700

Firm Details

Founded in 1951, Sullivan, Ward, Patton, Gleeson & Felty, P.C. is a business and litigation law firm serving national corporations, businesses of all sizes, families and individuals in a wide variety of legal matters. We assist clients across the country from our offices in Southfield and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our firm numbers nearly 25 attorneys, supported by 25 staff and legal professionals.

Sullivan Ward has earned the prestigious AV rating for legal excellence by Martindale Hubbell. Several of our members are nationally recognized as among the top practitioners in their fields by The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Thomson Reuters (publishers of Michigan “Super Lawyers” and Michigan “Rising Stars”), DBusiness Magazine and many others. Sullivan Ward has also achieved Tier One Status in the US News and World Report Ranking.

We are known for the diverse backgrounds and broad work experience of our attorneys. Combined with our legal acumen and training, these attributes bring an industry insider’s perspective to the practice of law. It is the hallmark of our firm, and a reflection of our founders’ philosophy of “doing what we know best.”

Our attorneys possess experience beyond book training, including real-world work experience and accumulated knowledge relevant to their areas of practice. Before practicing law, many of us owned, operated or directed family businesses, oversaw corporations, founded start-ups and ran entrepreneurial enterprises. We worked for engineering firms, insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions. Our attorneys previously served in municipal government, state legislature and legislative agencies; were commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the military; and managed and directed healthcare institutions and charitable organizations.

At Sullivan Ward, we surround ourselves with like-minded people who appreciate our roll-up-the-sleeves environment. From attorneys to staff, each day we re-dedicate ourselves to the success of our clients. Their hard work inspires, motivates and challenges us to demand equal measure of ourselves. For every one of us, it is the very reason we do what we do.



Women: 8

African-American: 1

Men: 19

Caucasian: 26

Of Counsel

Men: 1

Caucasian: 1


Women: 2

Men: 3

Caucasian: 5

Other Lawyers

Men: 6

Caucasian: 6

Management / Department Heads

Women: 2

Caucasian: 2


Women: 2

Caucasian: 2

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 32

African-American: 2

Asian: 1

Hispanic: 2

Men: 1

Caucasian: 28


  • 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register Preeminate Lawyers
  • 2018 "Best Law Firms" Rankings

    National Tier 3

    Metropolitan Tier 1 Detroit

    Metropolitan Tier 2 Detroit

    Metropolitan Tier 3 Detroit

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2017
  • Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • dBusiness Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers in Detroit
  • 2017 Leading Lawyers Magazine, Michigan Edition


Lee C. Patton
President & CEO

Firm Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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Grand Rapids, MI

801 Broadway Avenue, NW, Suite 215

Grand Rapids, MI 49504-4463

United States

(616) 459.9040

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Southfield, MI

400 Galleria Officentre, Suite 500

Southfield, MI 48034-2179

United States

(248) 746.0700

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