Liberty Station


Leo Sullivan graduated from the University of San Francisco and the University of California at Davis law school, where he was research editor of the law review. For five years he was an associate at Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye (now DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world), then founded Sullivan Wertz McDade & Wallace, a twenty-lawyer firm which he managed off and on for twenty-five years. Leo built the firm’s offices in the Gaslamp Quarter – the first new building in San Diego’s downtown historic district – as a redevelopment project with the City of San Diego redevelopment agency.

Since 2005 Leo has been principal of Sullivan Lawyers, with offices at Liberty Station, ten minutes from downtown, five minutes from the City’s international airport. Formerly the Navy’s west coast boot camp, Liberty station – shown in the photographs on this website – is an award-winning office, commercial, education and arts complex which retains its historic character.

Leo is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the California Political Attorneys Association. He is admitted to practice before the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leo has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association for more than twenty-five years, serving on the commercial, real estate and large, complex case panels.

Leo has served as Judge Advocate of the San Diego Yacht Club, one of the world’s premier yacht clubs and former home of The America’s Cup. He has also served as Chair of the San Diego Library Commission, Vice Chair of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Director of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Leo is a charter member of the Irish American Bar Association. He has been Chair of the San Diego American Ireland Fund, which raises money for peace, culture and charity in all of Ireland without regard to religion or politics. He is a past president and Irishman of the Year of the San Diego Chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the oldest fraternal organization founded in the United States (George Washington was a member). He was founder and managing partner of Reidy O’Neil’s, a famous but now defunct Irish Bar and American Grill in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Leo was student body president at San Diego’s St. Augustine High School, where he later served as a trustee for many years.  He continues to sit on two non-profit boards affiliated with the school, one a charitable foundation, the other in support of Hogar Infantil la Gloria, an orphanage in Tijuana.  Leo was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2005.

A third generation San Diegan, Leo lives with his family in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, ten blocks from where his mother was born in 1913 in the house her father built.

Leo served as an Army captain before law school and was awarded a Bronze Star and Air Medal for service with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam.