Patrick D. Sullivan was elected to the Court of Appeals of Indiana in 1968 and retained on the Court by election in 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. He retired on July 31, 2007 and served as a senior judge of the Court until his death on Oct. 1, 2015. Judge Sullivan was the longest-serving judge in Court of the Appeals history and the last sitting member to be popularly elected to the Court prior to the advent of the retention selection system.
Judge Sullivan was born in Huntington, Indiana and served for two years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He received a BA in history from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1956 and his law degree, cum laude, from Washington & Lee’s law school in 1958.
Following law school, Judge Sullivan returned to Indiana and served as a Deputy Attorney General from 1958 to 1961. From 1961 to 1965, he engaged in the private practice of law with Minton, Mosiman, Sullivan & Johnson in Indianapolis. He was a Senior Commissioner with the Marion County Probate Court from 1963 to 1964 and a judge on the Marion County Civil Trial Court from 1965 to 1969.
During his tenure on the Court of Appeals, Judge Sullivan has served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice & Procedure (1975-1980), as an Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, as a Lecturer on law and social policy at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, and on American diplomatic history at Indiana University. He was a faculty member at many appellate judges seminars and lectured on "Law and the Layman" for adult education courses for the Indianapolis Public School System.
Judge Sullivan is a member of the Indiana Judges Association, the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association, the Indianapolis Lawyers Commission, the U.S. Government Evaluation Project on Juvenile Law Centers, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association (where he served on the Board of Governors and, in 1996, as Counsel to the President), and the American Bar Association.