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Barry A. Sullivan, Esq.

Partner

Biography

Barry Sullivan has been practicing law in Hawaii since 1992 and has been a partner in Bickerton Lee Dang Sullivan Meheula since 2004.

Barry has been lead counsel on some of the largest and most complicated hotel and resort transactions in Hawaii, totaling in aggregate over $1 Billion. He has also been counsel on substantial debt transactions, primarily involving securitized commercial loans, representing both borrowers and lenders on more than $3 Billion in originations, refinances and workouts. Representative transactions advising lenders, borrowers, buyers and sellers include:

  • Hualalai Resort & Four Seasons (buy/sell and finance)
  • The Kona Village Resort (buy/sell)
  • The Kahala Mandarin Oriental (finance and buy/sell)
  • Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Maui, Princess Kaiulani (finance)
  • Ritz Carlton Maui (buy/sell)
  • Makena Beach and Golf Resort (finance and buy/sell)
  • Bishop Square, Honolulu (finance)
  • Sheraton Keauhou Beach Resort (buy/sell)
  • Maui Westin Resort (buy/sell)

Barry advises some of Hawaii's largest hotel, resort and commercial landowners regarding ongoing operations, joint ventures, lease negotiations, and development.

Barry also has had substantial success as lead counsel in complicated commercial and real estate litigation. He has obtained multiple settlements or judgments for clients in excess of $5 Million each involving complicated commercial, real estate, or lending disputes; has been lead counsel for lenders or borrowers in substantial commercial foreclosures involving hotels, resorts, apartment buildings, land, office and commercial centers; and has successfully defended cases of all varieties including the defense of environmental, commercial or professional malpractice claims in excess of $50 Million.

Barry graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1988 with a B.A., with College Honors, in Economics. Barry served as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, was Student Body President, Student Trustee on the University Board of Trustees, and received both the Citicorp Scholarship and the Edwin Frank Prize in Finance. Barry was a semi-professional bicycle racer and raced throughout the U.S. and Europe before attending Cornell Law School where he graduated, cum laude, in 1992.

In addition to his legal interests, Barry has consulted with a number of Hawaii startup businesses and entrepreneurs and was the CEO and CFO of a venture-funded, San Francisco-based Internet enterprise software company.

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1992
cum laude
Cornell International Law Journal

Graduate study, Economics and Finance (ABT), University of Cincinnati, 1989

B.A., Economics with College Honors, University of Cincinnati, 1988
Citicorp Scholar in Finance; Edwin Frank Scholarship Winner
Student Body President; Student Trustee; Student Body Vice President

Admission & Courts

Hawaii (all state and federal courts)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships

Hawaii State Bar Association

Urban Land Institute

American Bankruptcy Institute

Legal Publications

Stranger in Paradise? The Role of a Foreign Bankruptcy Trustee in Chapter 15, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2008 (co-author) 27-APR AMBKRIJ 26