Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Science and Commerce Degree (Accounting/Economics): University of Santa Clara. Honors: Dirksen Academic Scholarship; Crown Zellerbach Academic Scholarship; Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Business Fraternity; Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit National Scholastic Honor Fraternity); Distinguished Military Graduate – United States Army Reserve; Santa Barbara Medal; Scabbard & Blade (National Scholastic Military Honor Fraternity); Biographee, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Postgraduate Studies

Studies in Public and Private International Law, International School of Law, The Hague, Netherlands; Juris Doctorate Degree, University of California, Hastings College of Law. Honors: Dean Snodgrass Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement; Order of the Coif (Top 10%); Thurston Honors Society; Author and Member of Editorial Board, Hastings Law Journal.

Professional Employment

Senior Accountant, Boitano & Sargent, Santa Clara, California; Admitted to California and Federal Bar 1970; Active Duty, United States Army 1970 – 1971 (Captain, Military Intelligence/Armor) Trial and Defense Counsel, XVIII Airborne Corps; Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, California 1971-1974; Admitted to United States Supreme Court (1978) and United States Tax Court (1996); Partner, Sullivan, Nakahara, DuBois & Hove, Oakland, California 1974-1980; Law Offices of Dennis M. Sullivan, San Francisco and Oakland 1980 –; Judge Pro Tem Oakland-Piedmont Municipal Court, 1978 -1982; Court Commissioner Pro Tem, Local and District Courts of Federal Republic of Germany, 1977 –; Court Arbitrator, Alameda County and San Francisco Superior Courts 1982 –; Commercial Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association 1982 –; Investigation Referee, California State Bar Court 1982-1984; Special Master and Hearing Referee, California State Bar Court 1984-1989; Executive Committee Member, International Law Section of the State Bar of California 1989-1992.

Law Practice – Private

General Counsel to Business and Non-Profit Organizations, including Corporations, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies; Real Estate Transactions and Litigation; Mergers and Acquisitions; Employment Law: International business and personal transactions; Civil and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts.

Law Practice – Government

Legal Advisor, Consulates General of Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil (San Francisco); Past Special Counsel, Office of the Commission of the European Union (San Francisco); Currently represent and advise numerous agencies and instrumentalities of foreign governments in all aspects of public and private international law, including litigation in United States Courts.

Instructor – Seminars and Continuing Education Classes: Drafting International Contracts; Foreign Bank Accounts and U.S. Tax Compliance; Bank Accounts and U.S. Tax Compliance; International Currency Transactions; International Estate Planning; Essential Commercial Lease Terms for International Entities; International Discovery Under the Hague Evidence Convention; Sovereign Immunity Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; Employment Issues Involving Foreign Governments and MFGOs; US Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporations; Force Majeure Clauses in Commercial Contracts; Piercing the LLC Veil in California; Exit Strategy for Closely-Held Businesses; Ethical Issues in Sale of Law Practice; Winding up of Administratively Dissolved Corporation.

Practice areas

  • Business law
  • Corporate law
  • International law
  • Civil trial practice
  • Partnerships
  • Limited liability company law
  • Real estate
  • Real estate transactions
  • Litigation
  • International wills
  • Trust law
  • Trust litigation
  • International business law