Jay Sullivan

Consultant, N. America

Jay Sullivan is the former Managing Partner, and currently leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. He is an award-winning author and columnist and was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center and Fordham University School of Law. His book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond, was released by John Wiley & Sons in 2016, and has since been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, and Russian. As a contributing writer for Forbes.com, Jay brings relevant and timely advice on enhancing one’s communication skills to the business community.

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Past Experience

Jay joined Exec-Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. For two years he acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. He then practiced corporate law for seven years on behalf of Lloyds of London.


Fordham University School of Law


Boston College

Bachelor's Degree, English Language Literature

Fun Facts

Jay spent two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps teaching English. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association. Jay sits on the Board of Directors of Dot Foods, Inc., the nation’s largest food redistributor. He and his wife, Mary, live in Pleasantville, New York, where they raised their four children. Jay plays squash weekly (and weakly, but with great enthusiasm).

Featured Articles

Critical Thinking
04/30/24 Author Jay Sullivan

Improve Your Critical Thinking By… Improve Your Critical Thinking By Avoiding Assumptions


In an article earlier this month, I shared three questions we can ask ourselves in the moment to avoid allowing…

New Habits
04/18/24 Author Jay Sullivan

Replacing “No” with “Whoa.”: Three… Replacing “No” with “Whoa.”: Three Questions to Help Us Avoid Making Assumptions


Being human, we are prone to two behaviors that impact our ability to both think critically and communicate effectively. First,…

Pay Attention
03/18/24 Author Jay Sullivan

Complete Communicator: #1 Goal for… Complete Communicator: #1 Goal for 2024: Pay attention


We’re all now six weeks into our New Year’s resolutions. We’ve already figured out which ones we’re likely to stick…

11/14/23 Author Jay Sullivan

Complete Communicator: Artificial Intelligence vs.… Complete Communicator: Artificial Intelligence vs. Genuine Wisdom: Why Lawyers Remain Necessary and Continue to Add Value


AI looms over every conversation these days, equal parts promise and threat. While there is much talk about how chatbots…

09/13/23 Author Jay Sullivan

Complete Communicator: Help Your New… Complete Communicator: Help Your New Associates Launch Their Careers with Confidence


Law firms are organic entities. They grow, they evolve, they expand their capabilities, and they incorporate and absorb new people.…

08/16/23 Author Jay Sullivan

Complete Communicator: Strategies to Prepare… Complete Communicator: Strategies to Prepare for Your Partnership Interview


Every firm operates on its own annual timetable regarding when and how they promote attorneys into the partner ranks. All,…