Judge Frank Sullivan: A True Champion and Friend
By Judge Stephanie Charter
and Judge Margaret Pickard

The Honorable Frank P. Sullivan will retire on February 3, 2023, his 70th birthday, after serving the Family Court for more than 32 years. Judge Sullivan has touched the lives of thousands of families in the child welfare system and is well-loved throughout the Las Vegas community.

A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and DePaul University Law School, Judge Sullivan worked as a public school teacher in Chicago from 1975 to 1984. Following law school, Judge Sullivan briefly worked in private practice before becoming a Deputy Attorney General for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office in 1986, representing the State of Nevada in proceedings to protect abused, neglected, and abandoned children. In 1990, Judge Sullivan briefly returned to private practice as Deputy General Counsel for Bechtel Nevada/EG&G Energy Measurements, Inc., where he remained for nearly a decade. However, Judge Sullivan’s heart was always with the families of Clark County, and in 1991, while working at Bechtel, he was appointed as an Alternate Hearing Master in Dependency Proceedings in the Eighth Judicial District. He went on to serve the Court as a Domestic Violence Commissioner for five years (1999-2004), prior to being appointed as a Juvenile Hearing Master for child abuse and neglect cases in 2004. In 2009, Hearing Master Sullivan was elected to the District Court bench, becoming our beloved Judge Sullivan.