Press Release: Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan Endorses Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General

March 8, 2022
Contact: Jordan Meehan

– Today, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan is endorsing Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General. District Attorney Sullivan is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Hampshire and Franklin counties, and has been a strong advocate for a smart and fair community prosecution model. This endorsement is added to the growing list of support the Liss-Riordan campaign is receiving from across the state. 

“Shannon Liss-Riordan is the best candidate in this race to carry on the great work of AG Maura Healey,“ said Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan. “She has the right legal experience to lead the People’s Law Office. I am endorsing Shannon because she has the skills, experience, and integrity to take on giant corporations taking advantage of citizens and small businesses alike. Shannon will be ready on day one to fight for us and put money back into the pockets of working people in our state.” 

“District Attorney Sullivan has been an incredible leader who has placed combatting the opioid epidemic and human trafficking front and center of his office’s work,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan. “I am so proud and humbled to have DA Sullivan’s support in my campaign for Attorney General, and I look forward to partnering with the DA as we address the issues facing Western Massachusetts, together.” 

David E. Sullivan is the elected Northwestern District Attorney and has served since 2011. He serves the citizens of Hampshire and Franklin counties in western Massachusetts.  Prior to becoming District Attorney, he was the Chief Administrator for Hampshire Probate & Family Court, and in private practice for 16 years, primarily as a criminal defense attorney.  As District Attorney, Sullivan has embraced a community prosecution model that blends smart and fair prosecutions, innovative prosecution and prevention programs, law enforcement partnerships, and community collaboration to build safer communities.

Liss-Riordan launched her campaign just six weeks ago but has secured endorsements from labor unions across the state, including Ironworkers Local 7, Pipefitters Local 537, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 534, OPEIU Local 453, IBEW Local 1228 among others.  Liss-Riordan is the only practicing attorney currently running for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

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Shannon Liss-Riordan has big ideas and the experience to deliver big results for the people of Massachusetts. A prolific lawyer unafraid to challenge the status quo, she is the fighter that hardworking people turn to when the system lets them down. 

For decades, Shannon has taken on powerful corporate interests on the toughest issues and won. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Shannon made a name for herself as one of the top plaintiff lawyers in the country, winning groundbreaking lawsuits on behalf of waitresses, truck drivers, firefighters, janitors, and gig workers who have been denied overtime, minimum wage, and other wage protections.

Not only did she put money back in employees’ pockets, but she pushed our legal system to fairly and equally serve the people. And when the system couldn’t be pushed, she broke new legal ground and set precedents that delivered victories for workers in Massachusetts and around the country. She’ll put that same talent and track record to work as Massachusetts’ next Attorney General.

Shannon is uniquely qualified to serve as Massachusetts Attorney General. She regularly collaborates with the current Attorney General’s office, and she understands the complexities of running the people’s law firm. She knows how to effectively lead teams of lawyers to deliver real results for the people. She’s ready to take on the most difficult issues, from the deteriorating dignity of work to the childcare crisis to reproductive freedom to climate change, and win for Bay Staters.

In 2009, she partnered with Massachusetts labor lawyer Harold Lichten to create Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C. Shannon lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, Kevin, their three kids, Shane, Myles and Jordan, and their Airedale terrier, Logan. 

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