Michael L. “Sully” Sullivan is the President & CEO of ACEC Georgia. Prior to joining ACEC Georgia in August 2012, Sully was an attorney and equity partner at Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., one of Metro Atlanta’s largest full-service law firms, where he headed up the Government Relations, Land Use & Zoning practice and represented clients in all types of government relations matters at both the state and local levels.
Sully’s commitment to public service and community involvement is demonstrated by his current service on the following statewide, regional and local boards: State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2007, reappointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2013); Georgia Transportation Alliance (Chairman); Georgia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Governors & Board of Directors); Council for Quality Growth (Board of Directors); Gwinnett County Water & Sewer Authority (Chairman); and Brookwood Schools Foundation (Board of Trustees).
Sully was named a Georgia Super Lawyer 'Rising Star' by Law and Politics and Atlanta Magazine and has twice been named to James Magazine's annual list of 'Georgia Super Lawyers.'
Sully has been actively engaged in politics for more than 20 years at the local and statewide level and has served as counsel, advisor and campaign manager for numerous elected officials, candidates and political organizations, including serving as the Gwinnett County Campaign Co-Chairman for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue in 2002 and 2006 and as a member of Governor Perdue's Inaugural Committee. Sully served on the Board of Directors and as Campaign Treasurer for Citizens for Transportation Mobility (CTM), which ran the campaign to approve the Transportation Investment Act referrendum in the 10-county Metro Atlanta region in 2012. Sully previously ran the referendum campaign that allowed for the creation of Tax Allocation Districts (“TADs”) in Gwinnett County and has been involved in several Gwinnett SPLOST and E-SPLOST campaigns.
Sully’s political involvement also includes having been previously elected to the Republican National Convention and Georgia Republican Party State Committee; having served as Vice-Chairman of the Athens-Clarke County Republican Party, General Counsel of the Gwinnett Republican Party, Chairman of the Gwinnett Young Republicans and as a member of the Orange County (Florida) Republican Party County Committee. Sully’s political fundraising activities include having served on the boards of several PACs, including the Gwinnett Republican Foundation, Inc. (Director); Lincoln Club of Georgia (Director and Vice Chairman), Republican Leadership Fund (Secretary and General Counsel), and Live Oak Republicans, Inc. (a founder and Director), as well as fundraising work for numerous individual candidates.
Sully’s charitable fundraising efforts have included the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Gwinnett Open Land Trust and the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.
Sully is a “Double Dawg,” having received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Moot Court Team and Federalist Society, and earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Georgia, where he was President of Phi Alpha Delta.
Sully is a registered Georgia lobbyist and is licensed to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Sully is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia (Real Property Law Section and Local Government Law Section), Republican National Lawyers Association and Federalist Society.
Sully and his wife, Rebecca, have two children: Grace and Nash. The Sullivans live in Gwinnett County and attend Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville.