Jim Sullivan is a partner in DLA Piper's Washington, DC Regulatory and Government Affairs practice. He focuses on data protection, privacy and security issues, as well as a broad range of regulatory matters pertaining to emerging technologies, national security and international trade.

Jim has extensive experience in both the government and private sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Jim served as the Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services in the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the US Department of Commerce. In these roles, he led US government efforts on several key digital policy matters—including the administration and oversight of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, engagement with European officials on the implementation and enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and development by the OECD of high-level principles on government access to personal data held by the private sector. Following the landmark Schrems II decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Jim headed the US government task force charged with negotiating the Trans-Atlantic Privacy Framework.

During his time with the Commerce Department, Jim modernized and strengthened the Committee for Foreign Investments in the US (CFIUS) by implementing the process changes required by the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act. He also directed the Department's blockchain and fintech policy efforts to promote greater international regulatory harmony.

Prior to his government service, Jim held a number of senior business and legal roles. He served as co-founder and president of a SaaS startup, general counsel of a private equity firm, and white-collar litigator at two AmLaw 50 global law firms.