The judges of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland are pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy J. Sullivan to the position of United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Sullivan took the oath of office in the U.S. Courthouse in Greenbelt on December 20, 2012. A formal ceremony will be held on May 10, 2013.
Magistrate Judge Sullivan, 50, was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Prince George's County, Maryland. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1984. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1987. Judge Sullivan spent his legal career in the private practice of law. From 1998 to 2006, he was a partner with Sullivan & Sullivan in College Park, Maryland. From 2006 until his appointment, he was a partner at Brennan Sullivan & McKenna LLP in Greenbelt, Maryland. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and those federal courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
United States Magistrate Judges are appointed by the district judges for a term of eight years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms. The position filled by Judge Sullivan was opened when former United States Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm was commissioned as a United States District Judge. A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community reviewed all qualified applications before recommending a slate of candidates to the full bench for review.