Attorney Sullivan is a native of Concord; he grew up in Concord's North End close to Whites Park, not more than three blocks from his current office. Chip attended Concord's Parochial Schools and went on to attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he received a degree in Economics, cum laude. Following some travel after college and work for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, he attended the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine.
During his second and third years of law school, Chip worked as a Student Prosecutor for the York County District Attorney's Office, negotiating or trying DWI's and other misdemeanors in the Kittery, Biddeford, and Sanford District Courts in Maine. After law school he worked as a Law Clerk for the State's Superior Court Justices and went on to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, where he worked as Senior Hearings Examiner and Counsel to the Commission for eleven years. After thirteen years in government service, gaining invaluable experience, he opened his own practice in 1999.
Attorney Sullivan taught legal research and writing at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and served on the Board of Directors of the Granite State Independent Living Foundation and the Boy's and Girl's Clubs of Central New Hampshire.
He is the father of two wonderful children and enjoys fly fishing, hunting, fly tying and other outdoor activities in his free time.
HOW SHOULD I CHOOSE A LAWYER?
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information?
- Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice?
- Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - Hourly? Flat fee? Contingent fee?
- What are the hourly fees?
- What services does the flat fee include?
- What percentage is the contingency?
A few questions to get started:
• How long has the lawyer been in practice?
- Attorney Sullivan has been in practice for over thirty years in various aspects of the law.
• How many cases has the lawyer handled?
- Over the past thirty years it's likely Attorney Sullivan has addressed your issue. If Attorney Sullivan does not practice in your area, he knows which other law firm or attorney to refer you to in order to get you the best representation--and he will.
• How often does the lawyer settle cases out of court?
- It is always the client's choice on whether or not to settle the case or go to trial based on their lawyer's counsel, advice, and experience. Most cases settle just for that reason; but when the case needs to go to trial you will also have the benefit of an experienced trial lawyer.
• What are the lawyer's fees and costs?
- Our firm generally charges an hourly rate plus out-of-pocket expenses. The rate charged per hour is dependent on the type of case you have, but generally rates are between $200 to $250 per hour. Some matters, such as DWI, misdemeanor criminal cases, and uncontested divorces, are charged on a flat fee basis. And while it is always the client's choice in a personal injury or auto accident case whether to pay the attorney by the hour or on a percentage basis of the award or settlement most clients choose a contingent fee. Attorney Sullivan generally takes one third of the award or settlement.
• What are the next steps?
- Call for an initial consultation to discuss your matter or fill out the contact form on the Home Page.
210 NORTH STATE STREET - CONCORD - NEW HAMPSHIRE - 03301 - 603.227.0600