Michael A. Sullivan
Finch McCranie, LLP

Finch McCranie, LLP
225 Peachtree St., Suite 1700
Atlanta, Georgia 30303, United States
Phone: 404-658-9070
Fax: 404-688-0649
Areas of Practice
  • Government
  • Health
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Taxation

Practice/Organization Description

Co-author of whistleblowerlawyerblog. Represents whistleblowers reporting fraud against the government in "qui tam" False Claims Act cases and IRS Whistleblower Program.

Michael A. Sullivan has worked with the False Claims Act since the late 1980s and has both defended and prosecuted cases under the False Claims Act. At the request of legislators, Mr. Sullivan provided input in the drafting of the new Georgia State False Medicaid Claims Act and testified in each of those legislative hearings to explain the False Claims Act. Since the start of the new IRS Whistleblower Program, he has represented clients in pursuing claims for rewards in the IRS Whistleblower Program.

Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta from 1984-86. From 1995-98, he served as a federal prosecutor in the Independent Counsel investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including the prosecution of a former Secretary of the Interior.

His article appears in the Health Care Compliance Association’s September 2007 edition of Compliance Today, entitled “New State ‘False Claims Acts’: An Executive Summary for Health Care Compliance Professionals.” He also appeared with the Director of the new IRS Whistleblower Office in discussing and explaining the new “IRS Whistleblower Program” at the Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference in Washington.

Bar Admissions

Georgia (1985)--admitted to all state and federal courts.


University of North Carolina (A.B., 1977); Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1984).

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Inns of Court (Master, Bleckley Inn); American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Taxation; Criminal Justice/White Collar Crime; Health Law; Litigation); State Bar of Georgia; Taxpayers Against Fraud (Presenter, 2007); Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Executive Committee, 2003-2008); National Employment Lawyers Association.Author: Health Care Compliance Association's Compliance Today, "New State 'False Claims Acts': An Executive Summary for Compliance Professionals" (September 2007); Georgia Bar Journal, "A 'False Claims Act' Is Finally Enacted in Georgia" (October 2007); Georgia Jurisprudence, chapters on perjury, obstruction of justice and other offenses related to judicial proceedings (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1995). Speaker, "IRS Whistleblower Workshop," Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference, (Co-Presenter, 2007); "Handling Cases Under the False Claims Act and the New State False Medicaid Claims Act," GTLA, 2007. Moderator, "State False Claims Acts," Southeastern Health Care Fraud Conference, ICLE of Georgia, 2007. Co-Chair: "Whistleblower Law Symposium," ICLE of Georgia, 2007; "Professional and Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation," ICLE of Georgia, 1998-2005. Lecturer: "Trial Techniques in Product Liability Cases," Product Liability Section of State Bar of Georgia, 2001; "Developments in Criminal Law: United States Supreme Court Update 1993-1994 Term," ICLE of Georgia, 1994. Board of Directors, Federal Defender Program, 2004-2009.

Honors and Awards

Highest rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell. Order of the Coif. Senior Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1983-1984. Law Clerk to the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1984-1986. "Super Lawyer." Fellow: American Bar Foundation.

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