GEORGE O’SLLIVAN Obituary (2021) – Washington, DC

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O’SULLIVAN GEORGE PRESTON O’SULLIVAN, ESQ. Revered law pioneer, father and grandfather, and native of New York dies at 79 Born 1941 in New York to Frances and Preston O’Sullivan, George grew up in Brooklyn Heights with his younger brother Jeremiah O’Sullivan. George is survived by his wife, Nancy Howar O’Sullivan of New York and Washington, DC; her four beloved children Brad P. O’Sullivan (Jacquelyn), Ryan M. O’Sullivan (Palmer), Elizabeth Higgins (Mitchell) and Christina Addison (Durk); and eight adorable 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. He joined the venerable law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher after graduating from law school, to leave soon after in pursuit of his own. George selected three other brilliant and like-minded entrepreneurial lawyers to co-found and lead what has become the highly respected corporate law firm, O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell, later O’Sullivan, LLP, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza; eventually acquired by O’Melveny & Myers LLP. As a pioneer in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, private equity and venture capital, George and his partners have acted as senior advisers on many of the most important, innovative and successful transactions. more complex of the time, including inventing bankruptcy pre-packaging. Known for his straightforward approach, in-depth understanding of business issues, insightful advice and exceptional problem-solving skills, George has led the firm as a founding partner and managing partner through a distinguished career in the fields of business mergers and acquisitions and bankruptcy law. While George was involved in many New York-centric philanthropic endeavors, he was a strong 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 many years of volunteer service, including four terms as a member of the Georgetown Board of Directors, Chairman of the Regents Athletics Committee, Chairman of the Main Campus Committee and founder member of the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance Advisory Board. George never touted his accomplishments, even after receiving the John Carroll Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Georgetown University graduate. George’s dedication and his many contributions have left a lasting legacy at Georgetown University. George passed away on November 14, 2021. Memorial service scheduled 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 at Georgetown University, Gift Processing Department, 0734, Washington, DC 20007.

Posted by The Washington Post on Nov 21, 2021.


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