Martin P. Sullivan, Partner

Marty Sullivan heads the Zoning and Land Use practice at Sullivan & Barros, LLP. Marty’s practice is focused exclusively on District of Columbia zoning, land use, and related regulatory matters related to the development and use of property. He represents developers, institutions, homeowners, retailers, and other property owners in the District and assists these clients in enhancing or protecting their real property interests. Marty has represented numerous clients before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), securing special exceptions and variances, and prosecuting and defending appeals of Zoning Administrator decisions. Marty has also represented clients in appeals from BZA and Zoning Commission decisions before the D.C. Court of Appeals. 

Marty assists clients with entitlement issues before DCRA and other District agencies.


He works closely with architects, contractors, engineers, and others in pursuing BZA approvals. In addition to the BZA, Marty has experience with the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Old Georgetown Board, the Commission of Fine Arts, the Mayor’s Agent, the Public Space Committee, and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Marty also advises clients generally on zoning and entitlement matters, preparing zoning analyses and opinions, and working closely with clients to create innovative solutions to maximize a client’s return on, and enjoyment of, their properties. He also handles property disputes involving boundary disputes, easements, covenants, and related matters.

Marty began his legal career in 1998 with the esteemed D.C. zoning practice at the law firm of  Wilkes Artis, and from there he followed a core group of zoning attorneys to Shaw Pittman in 2000. After three years as general counsel for a local homebuilder (2005-2008), Marty opened a solo practice in 2008 and, with Tony Barros, formed Sullivan & Barros LLP in 2009. 


Prior to becoming an attorney, Marty was a certified public accountant and worked for real estate developers Potomac Investment Associates and Natelli Communities.

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