O’SULLIVAN GEORGE PRESTON O’SULLIVAN, ESQ. Born in New York City in 1941 to Frances and Preston O’Sullivan, George grew up with his younger brother Jeremiah O’Sullivan in Brooklyn Heights. George leaves behind his wife, Nancy Howar O’Sullivan, of New York and Washington, DC; his four beloved children Brad P. O’Sullivan (Jacquelyn), Ryan M. O’Sullivan (Palmer), Elizabeth Higgins (Mitchell), and Christina Addison (Durk); and eight loving grandchildren Jack Ryan, Hunter Preston, Ryan Finn, George Ford, Lachlan Hayes, Palmer Plum, Anabelle, and Carolina. George graduated from Brooklyn Prep, Georgetown University, and New York University School of Law in 1966. After graduating from law school, he joined the venerable law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, which he left shortly after to set up his own business close . George selected three brilliant and like-minded corporate attorneys to co-found and direct the highly regarded law firm O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell, later O’Sullivan, LLP, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza; eventually acquired by O’Melveny & Myers LLP. An early pioneer in mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, private equity, and venture capital, George and his partners served as primary advisors on many of the largest, innovative, and more complex transactions of the era, including the invention of prepackage bankruptcy. Known for his straightforward approach, deep understanding of business issues, wise advice and exceptional problem solving skills, George led the firm as a founding partner and managing partner during a remarkable career in corporate mergers & acquisitions and bankruptcy law. While George was involved in many New York philanthropic endeavors, he was an ardent admirer and supporter of Jesuit institutions and causes. He received the “Outstanding Alumni Leadership and Outstanding Service to Athletics” awards from Georgetown University for his longstanding volunteer service which included four terms as a member of Georgetown’s Board of Regents, Chair of the Regents Athletic Committee, Chair of the Main Campus Committee and Formation of Advisory Board member of the Wall Street Alliance from Georgetown. George never extolled his accomplishments, even when he received the John Carroll Award, Georgetown University’s highest honor given to a graduate. George’s dedication and many contributions have left a lasting legacy at Georgetown University. George died on November 14, 2021. Memorial service planned for early spring. Memoriam gifts can be sent to: Georgetown University Athletic Director’s Priority Fund, In Memory of George P. O’Sullivan at Georgetown University, Gift Processing Department, 0734, Washington, DC 20007. Memoriam gifts can be sent to: Georgetown University Athletic Director’s Priority Fund, In Memory of George P. O’Sullivan, Georgetown University, Gift Processing Department, 0734, Washington, DC 20007.
Published by The Washington Post on November 21, 2021.