Columbia attorney Allison P. Sullivan has been named Young Lawyer of the Year by the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD).
Sullivan is from Florence and graduated from South Florence High School in 1998. The annual Young Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes a young lawyer who most exemplifies excellence in practicing law and public service. She was presented with the award at YLD’s annual retreat on April 26, and will be recognized during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting on Thursday, May 8, at the S.C. Bar Conference Center in Columbia.
Allison earned her Juris Doctor in 2005 from the University of South Carolina School of Law and is a partner with Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC in Columbia where she practices workers’ compensation and general litigation.
Within YLD, Allison is co-chair of the Professional Development Committee, for which she organizes statewide events connecting YLD members with other young professionals. From 2010 to 2013, Allison served as chair of the YLD iCivics Committee and developed the first-ever iCivics Day in 2012, which taught civic education to 2,250 S.C. students. In 2013, statewide participation in iCivics Day more than doubled to 5,800 students.
Allison is an active member of the S.C. Bar Workers’ Compensation Section and co-author of two S.C. Bar publications: The Law of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in South Carolina, Sixth Edition and The Briefcase Lawyer: Essential Information for Every Practitioner. Outside of the S.C. Bar, Allison is co-chair of the Leadership Columbia Alumni Association’s Annual Summit, a member of the Junior League of Columbia, and is active in Special Olympics South Carolina.
Will Johnson, YLD president for 2013-14, said: “Allison has made both YLD and the S.C. Bar stronger through her leadership, and has likewise bettered her law firm and her community. She is and will continue to be a tireless and effective ambassador for the Division-she will represent us well, serve the public and the Bar membership admirably, and enhance the image of lawyers in South Carolina.”
In his letter of recommendation, Columbia attorney Blake A. Hewitt said: “She is supremely competent in her work, is a dedicated advocate for her clients and pursues outcomes which she perceives to be just. People like Allison are the ones our profession should celebrate. She does not seek the spotlight, does not ask for recognition, and you are not likely to find her gloating over victories. She is an exceptionally diligent lawyer, a perpetual volunteer, and has one of the humblest hearts for service I have ever known.”
The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the South Carolina Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership.
The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.