Chad J. Sullivan

Phone: (812) 422-9444 | Fax: (812) 421-7459 | Email:
221 NW Fifth Street, Evansville, IN 47708

Chad J. Sullivan is a Member in the Firm's Evansville, Indiana, office. His practice focuses primarily on litigation and labor and employment law. He has represented and counseled employers on a variety of labor and employment issues, including covenants not to compete, drafting company employee policies and procedures, wage and hour, civil rights discrimination, FMLA, sexual harassment, union avoidance, union elections, defense of unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB and wrongful discharge and speaks frequently on labor and employment law topics. He has represented businesses and trustees in complex litigation involving trade secrets, breach of contract, fiduciary duties, securities and business torts. Mr. Sullivan also represents the coal and oil and gas industries in litigation regarding royalty disputes, lease interpretation, slurry injection rights, coalbed methane and other mineral ownership issues, objections to longwall mining and determination of working interest ownership.

Before joining Jackson Kelly, Mr. Sullivan practiced at Rhine Ernest LLP. He received his law degree from Washington University - St. Louis, where he received the Scholar in Law Award and was an Associate Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. He received his undergraduate degree in human resource management from the University of Missouri.

Legal Experience
2011 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1997J.D.Washington University - St. Louis
1994B.S., B.A.University of Missouri (Human Resource Management)
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
2001Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
2000U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
1998U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
1998U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
1997U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Involvement:
  • Evansville-Area Human Resource Association
  • Evansville Bar Association
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Illinois Oil and Gas Association
  • Tri-State Association of Professional Landmen
  • Illinois Coal Association
  • Indiana Coal Association

  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - Employment Law Policy Committee
  • Southwestern Indiana Chamber of Commerce - Government Relations Committee
  • Evansville Young Life - Vanderburgh County Chairman
  • Evansville Youth Hockey Association - Past President
  • Highland Baseball Club - Board of Directors
  • Evansville Freedom Festival Foundation - Past President (2001)
  • Career Choices, Inc. - Past President (2000)
  • Lutheran Day Care Center - Past President
  • Evansville Parks Foundation - Board of Directors

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Co-presenter, "A Wicked Web is Weaved — FMLA & ADA — Interplay with Employee Leaves, Job Accommodations and Employee Conduct," Evansville-Area Human Resource Association Spring Conference, Evansville, Indiana, April 16, 2015
  • Speaker, "Preparation for Depositions and Hearings," Tri-State Association of Professional Landmen, Poseyville, Illinois, Oct. 20, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act," EMLF Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, Oct. 24, 2013
  • Panel Member, Jackson Kelly Webinar - "What does HB 2615 Mean to You? The Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act.”
  • Panel Member, Evansville Human Resource Association Spring Seminar - Leadership in Human Resources
  • Panel Member, Employment Optimization Training Series Workshop 3 - Complying with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

Writings and Publications:

Author, "Dos and don'ts for the workplace harassment investigation," Evansville Courier & Press, Jan. 2018

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