College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1996
The Citadel, M.A., 2000
University of South Carolina, J.D., Cum laude, 2008
South Carolina Bar
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Charleston County Bar Association
Charleston Lawyers Club
Order of the Wig and Robe
Order of the Coif
Jim Sullivan always knew he wanted to become an attorney, but didn’t take the direct route to get there. Instead, Jim taught English at James Island Charter High School for five years before attending law school. Upon graduation in 2008, Jim joined Howser, Newman, & Besley in their Charleston office.
Jim’s practice primarily involves cases involving construction defect litigation, personal injury defense, and complex insurance coverage issues such as bad faith claims. Additionally, he is a certified mediator. Jim credits much of his success as an attorney to his willingness to spend time combing for the small details that matter. He is committed to the firm’s mission of efficient and effective representation without sacrificing quality and integrity.
While in law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review, and authored the note, L-J, Inc. v. Bituminous Fire & Marine Insurance Co.: A Comedy of ‘Occurrences,’ 58 S.C. L. Rev. 533 (2007).
As an active member of the legal community in Charleston and South Carolina, Jim also acts as the Commissioner of the Charleston County Bar Basketball League.
Jim has an AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell, with a rating of 4.8 out of 5.
He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2024 in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.