Meet Bree Sullivan-Howell
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Attorney Bree Sullivan-Howell was born and raised in South Georgia. After graduating with honors from Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, Ms. Sullivan-Howell matriculated to the University of Georgia, where she graduated from the UGA Honors Program with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in Journalism/Public Relations, First Honor Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, with honors, in 1999. Ms. Sullivan-Howell's academic success brought with it memberships in such honor societies as Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.
While a student at the University of Georgia, Ms. Sullivan-Howell was named one of ten Outstanding Senior Leaders and was awarded a 1997 National Leadership Award from Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. She also represented UGA's athletic department in UGA football recruitment efforts, was a member and philanthrophy chairperson of Kappa Delta Sorority, and was a member of Mortar Board. Perhaps her best preparation for law school and, ultimately, a career as a litigator came when she was selected to serve as Defender/Advocate on UGA's University Judiciary. Ms. Sullivan-Howell served as an intern in the Washington, D.C., offices of the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell and U.S. Representative Nathan Deal, who went on to become Georgia Governor. While working on Capitol Hill, Ms. Sullivan-Howell attended and completed a course of study with the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. Ms. Sullivan-Howell worked two years during college as a file clerk in the Athens law firm of Fortson, Bentley & Griffin, P.A. before matriculating to law school in 1999.
Ms. Sullivan-Howell academic success and leadership while an undergraduate earned her a full scholarship to attend law school at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. While there, Ms. Sullivan-Howell distinguished herself as a top student, graduating Cum Laude in 2002 and receiving CALI Awards For Excellence in First Amendment Law, Environmental Law, Taxation of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Advanced Legal Research, Legal Writing I and Legal Writing II. Ms. Sullivan-Howell also received Faculty Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing I and Legal Writing II and was named to the school's Dean's List. Outside the classroom, Ms. Sullivan-Howell participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program helping needy people complete income tax returns and was active in the Federalist Society. She also served as Vice President of Mercer's chapter of Christian Legal Society and gained invaluable experience as an intern to the late Honorable Duross Fitzpatrick, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in 2001.
After her admission to the Georgia Bar in 2002, Ms. Sullivan-Howell accepted a position as an associate with the Macon firm of James, Bates, Pope & Spivey, LLP, (now known as James Bates) where she worked as a commercial and business tort litigator. Ms. Howell relocated from Macon to Thomasville in 2005.
Ms. Sullivan-Howell formerly served as a Board member for Family Enrichment Group, Inc., the Thomas County affiliate of CASA Georgia, Inc., an organization which provides child advocacy services in Georgia's Juvenile Courts. She is also an active member of the Women's Forum, a subsection of the Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, and has presented legal information programs for Boy Scouts and women's small groups in Thomasville. Ms. Sullivan-Howell has served as a competition judge and advisor to the Scholars Academy team in Georgia High School Mock Trial proceedings. Ms. Sullivan-Howell is a member of the Georgia Bar's Section on Family Law and the Thomas County Bar Association. Ms. Sullivan-Howell has served for many years as Chairperson for the Advisory Board to Southwest Georgia Technical College's program in Paralegal Studies.
The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named Ms. Sullivan-Howell one of the Ten Best Family Law Attorneys in Georgia. Positive feedback from clients has earned Ms. Sullivan-Howell an Avvo Client's Choice badge on www.avvo.com.
Ms. Sullivan-Howell is admitted to practice in all Superior Courts of the State of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington, D.C. She is an active member of Thomasville First United Methodist Church, where she sings with the Worship Team.
Ms. Sullivan-Howell published her books Crush Your Divorce & Keep Your Faith, Crush Your Comeback and Devotional for the Divorcing in 2024.