Kevin P. Sullivan

- Partner

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State Bar of Texas, 1990

State Bar of California, 1995
U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992

U.S. District Court, California Southern District 1996 

U.S. District Court, Texas Northern District 1991 

U.S. District Court, Texas Western District 1993
University of California, San Diego (B.A., with honors, 1986)

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1990) (law review)

Summary of Practice

Kevin P. Sullivan joined Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP as a partner in 2017. Mr. Sullivan’s practice experience has primarily focused on land use and environmental permitting and litigation, public agency and municipal law, regulatory compliance, and real estate.  Mr. Sullivan has represented numerous developers, land owners, and public agencies on land use and environmental permitting and litigation matters, as well as on real estate leasing and purchase and sale agreements.  Mr. Sullivan also has represented clients on a variety of telecommunications, residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects throughout San Diego County and elsewhere in California.  His work experience includes representation of development interests in due diligence, permit processing, advocacy with agency staff and before agency decision makers, CEQA, Planning and Zoning Law, Subdivision Map Act, and Coastal Commission Act matters, and in all forms of challenges to project entitlements and approvals.  

Mr. Sullivan has been a (contract) Deputy and then Assistant City Attorney of the City of San Marcos.  He also has acted as outside counsel to the City of San Diego, San Diego Centre City Development Corporation, County of Imperial, City of Chula Vista, City of Indio, and City of El Centro, among other public agencies, on municipal law, land use, and environmental law matters. 

Mr. Sullivan’s public agency experience has included Brown Act, public meeting protocols, public records requests, conflicts of interest and financial interests, public property acquisition and disposition, prevailing wage, and other matters.

Mr. Sullivan served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the California State University San Marcos Foundation, including three years as Chair.  He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce for many years.
Awards/HonorsAV/Preeminent Rated (Martindale-Hubbell)

Top Lawyer in Land Use in San Diego by San Diego Magazine 2013-2017

Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning 2012-2017 by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines 

Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law in 2013-2017 by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines
Reported OpinionsCounty of San Diego v. Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Dist. 
(2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 86

Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District v. City of Indio 
(2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 12

San Elijo Ranch, Inc., et al. v. County of San Diego 
(1998) 65 Cal.App.4th 608

Industrial Clearinghouse, Inc. v. Browning Manufacturing
953 F.2d 1004 (5th Cir. 1992)
Professional Affiliations1990 to 1995: Associated with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

1996 to 2002: Member of Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak, LLP

2003 to 2017: Member of Schwartz Hyde & Sullivan, LLP

2017 to the present: Member of Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP