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Attorney Jeremiah J. Sullivan, III was featured on the season finale of “Real World San Diego” after he was retained by a cast member who was arrested and prosecuted in the San Diego Superior Court for assault on a Marine.  Attorney Sullivan’s court appearance can still be seen periodically on MTV.

'Real World San Diego' Cast Member Arrested
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 5, 2003 (10 News)
A cast member of MTV's "Real World San Diego" was arrested early Wednesday morning outside of a Pacific Beach bar. READ MORE>

San Diego 'Real World' Member Faces Judge
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20, 2003 (10 News)
A female cast member of MTV's "Real World" pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor fighting in public for assaulting a 29-year-old Marine at a Pacific Beach bar last summer. READ MORE>

Professional Licenses

• Massachusetts State Bar, 1993
• Maryland State Bar, 2000
• District of Columbia Bar, 2000
• California State Bar, 2002
• United States Supreme Court, 1998
• United States District Court for the Southern 

  District of California, 2002

Jeremiah Joseph Sullivan III was born in Boston, MA on July 8, 1965. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. While attending the University of Massachusetts, he rowed on the Varsity Lightweight Crew Team. Mr. Sullivan received his Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law, Boston, MA in 1993 and was commissioned as a Navy Judge Advocate. 

Mr. Sullivan reported to his first duty station at the Naval Legal Service Office Central New Orleans Detachment, where he served as a criminal defense counsel. He litigated complex felony trials in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee encompassing cases of espionage, rape, child abuse, domestic violence, assault, larceny, fraud, sexual harassment, possession and distribution of controlled substances, and DUI. Mr. Sullivan had complete responsibility for all elements of case management from inception through trial.

 Mr. Sullivan next served at Naval Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia, Naples, Italy where he rapidly advanced to Senior Defense Counsel for all of Europe and Southwest Asia. During this tour, Mr. Sullivan litigated cases throughout Italy, Spain, Greek Islands, and Egypt. Mr. Sullivan set himself apart and achieved acquittals and dismissals of cases throughout the Area of Operation. Subsequently, Mr. Sullivan transferred to the prosecutor's office where he continued to excel in the courtroom. Most notably, Mr. Sullivan prosecuted the high profile homicide case of United States v. Sharon Y. Nelson, 52 MJ 516 (N.M.Ct.Crim.App. 1999).  As a consequence of this landmark decision, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals became the first service appellate court for the United States armed forces to define when life begins for the purpose of prosecution of murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The case was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the highest military court in the land.

After completing a successful overseas tour, Mr. Sullivan returned to the United States and reported for his final active duty tour at Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, headquartered at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA, where he served as the Staff Judge Advocate for a major command and it six component SEAL commands (SEAL Teams ONE, THREE, and FIVE, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, and Naval Special Warfare Units ONE and THREE). He was responsible for the provision of legal advice and counsel within the 1100 man command. In addition, Mr. Sullivan was responsible for training Navy SEALs in the Rules of Engagement, Law of War, International Law, and the Law of Armed Conflict.

Mr. Sullivan was honorably discharged from active duty in 1999. He continues to serve our country as a Captain in the Navy Reserve. As a Reservist, Mr. Sullivan has served as a Judge Advocate with Civil Support Activity 209; Washington, DC; Naval Legal Service Office Southwest, Detachment 119, San Diego, CA; Naval Special Warfare Group ONE; Coronado, CA; Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado, CA; Naval Legal Service Office Southwest, Detachment 219, Port Hueneme, CA; Naval Legal Service Office Central, New Orleans, LA; Naval Legal Service Office Southeast, Charleston, SC; and Naval Legal Service Office Northwest, Bremerton, WA.

Upon completion of his active duty service, Mr. Sullivan relocated to Washington, DC where he resided on Capitol Hill. He further sharpened his trial skills in the Felony Division of the Office of the Public Defender, Annapolis, Maryland where he litigated over 380 felony cases. Most significantly, Mr. Sullivan tried a death penalty case in the matter of State of Maryland v. John Ashby, Case No. K-2000-1931. After delivering his closing argument, the jury found Mr. Sullivan's client, "Not Guilty" of First Degree Murder, "Not Guilty" of Second Degree Murder and "Not Guilty" of Manslaughter. Mr. Sullivan achieved a full jury acquittal of all charges in this contentious death penalty case. This was a momentous accomplishment for any trial lawyer.

In 2002, Mr. Sullivan returned to California and established the Law Offices of Jeremiah J. Sullivan, III in Coronado and San Diego and quickly continued his track record of proven success. In 2003, Mr. Sullivan was retained by a cast member of the MTV reality show, "Real World" who was prosecuted for assaulting a Marine outside of a bar in Pacific Beach. In 2004, Mr. Sullivan obtained a "Not Guilty" verdict for a Marine in a complex "shaken baby" case. During 2004 and 2005, Mr. Sullivan received nationwide attention when he represented two Navy SEALs who were wrongfully implicated in the death of an Iraqi enemy prisoner of war. Both of Mr. Sullivan's clients were fully exonerated, returned to combat, and proudly served our country. In 2006, Mr. Sullivan gained international attention when he was retained by clients in both the Hamdaniya and Haditha war crimes cases.

Mr. Sullivan has lectured at the United States Naval Academy and has served as a Trial Advocacy Instructor in Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Rhode Island, and California.  Mr. Sullivan is active within his local community where he provides pro bono services to the Paralyzed Veteran's of America and to our military community.  He is a member of the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club and has sat on the Eagle Scout Board in San Diego.  Mr. Sullivan has the privilege of serving as the Cubmaster for Pack 170.

 Mr. Sullivan is an avid sailor, kayak fisherman, free diver, kite boarder, and fast draw competitor.  He spends as much time as possible sailing on his 37' Hunter Legend appropriately named, "Alibi."

The Law Offices of Jeremiah J. Sullivan, III has the experience that counts--in court

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State of Maryland v. John Ashby, K-2000-1931

On March 15, 2001, in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Maryland, the State’s Attorneys Office filed the "Notice of the State of Maryland to Seek a Sentence of Death" in the case of State of Maryland v. John Ashby, K-2000-1931. The State was represented by experienced prosecutors who had a mission to convict Mr. Ashby and put him to death by lethal injection.

Attorney Jeremiah J. Sullivan, III was selected to be part of an extraordinary team of trial lawyers who would ultimately save Mr. Ashby’s life. Attorney Sullivan had acquired a vast amount of experience in trying and winning big cases—as a prosecutor and defense counsel. He had also attended a Death Penalty College in Virginia where he studied with a group of top death penalty litigators from across the country. During a year of intense preparation, a team of top expert consultants and witnesses were assembled.

The murder trial commenced in June 2002. On June 20, 2002, Attorney Sullivan was appointed to deliver the closing argument. The jury reached their verdict on June 21, 2002 after approximately 7 hours of deliberations. The jury verdict sheet was read in open court. The jury found:

As to the Charge of Murder in the First Degree—"Not Guilty"
As to the Charge of Second Degree Murder—"Not Guilty"
As to the Charge of Manslaughter—"Not Guilty"

Attorney Sullivan achieved an incredible victory in a capitol murder case—a full jury acquittal. This was a momentous achievement for the trial team.



Attorney Jeremiah J. Sullivan, III has been retained in the largest War Crimes cases to emerge from Iraq to include the Haditha Massacre, Hamdania Murder, “Pendleton 8,” Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal, and the Camp Bucca Prison Riots.



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