Experience that Matters

Substitute Judge

Paul has been a substitute judge in Flathead County Justice Court since 2011, and is also a substitute in Columbia Falls City Court and Kalispell Municipal Court.

Ivy League Education

For law school, Paul Attended the ivy league University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and was a board member of the Unemployment Compensation Project.

Community Involvement

Paul is a Bigfork School Board trustee, and a member of Davidson Honors College External Advisory Committee and the KRMC Internal Review Board.

Past Involvement

Paul is the former chairman of the executive board for Flathead CASA, the former secretary for the Northwest Bar Association, and a former member of the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork.

Deep Roots

Paul is a 5th generation Flathead Valley native whose great-great grandfather, Joe Ganger, was the first Sheriff of Flathead County.

Legal Background

Paul has experience in both civil and criminal law, both as a lawyer and a substitute judge. He's a partner at Measure, Sampsel, Sullivan & O'Brien, P.C.

Steering Committee

Hon. David Sandler

Hon. Kristi Curtis

Zack Anderson

George Best

Justin Breck

Stephanie Breck

Vanessa Ceravolo

Danielle Coffman

Richard Dejana

Ed Falla

Sean Gilchrist

Kai Groenke

Julianne Hinchey

Sean Hinchey

Angela Jacobs

Erika Johnson

Teresa Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

Peter Leander

Jinnifer Mariman

Paul Mutascio

Kelly O'Brien

Marcel Quinn

Karl Rudbach

Marybeth Sampsel

Paul Sandry

Michael Viscomi

Paul Sullivan

Candidate for Justice of the Peace


Paul is a 5th generation native of the Flathead Valley, who traces his roots back to his great-great-grandfather, Joe Gangner, the first sheriff of Flathead County. In fact, family lore holds that his great-grandmother was the first white child born in the Flathead Valley.

Paul was raised in Bigfork and attended the University of Montana as a National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and graduated as a distinguished scholar through the Davidson Honor's College. He attended law school at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During law school, Paul was a board member of the Unemployment Compensation Project and participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic, working at the Philadelphia Public Defender by representing indigent defendants.

After law school, Paul returned home and opened a solo law practice in Bigfork. He is currently a partner at the Kalispell firm of Measure, Sampsel, Sullivan & O’Brien, P.C. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Bigfork Schools, the Davidson Honors College External Advisory Committee, the Kalispell Regional Medical Center Internal Review Board, and a substitute judge in Flathead County Justice Court, Columbia Falls City Court, and Kalispell Municipal Court. He is a former board member of the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, the former chairman of the Executive Board for the Flathead Valley CASA for Kids program, and the former secretary of the Northwest Montana Bar Association. In the spring, he volunteers as a tennis coach for Bigfork High School.

Paul, his wife Marybeth, and their two daughters live in Bigfork with their dog Ruby. The family is expecting a baby boy in June. When not home with his family, Paul is usually found on Flathead Lake or the tennis courts.


Support Paul

I hope you will consider supporting my campaign. Any support you’re willing to provide, especially a good word to family, friends, or clients, is greatly appreciated. Montana law limits donations by individuals, who may contribute up to $180.00 for the June 5th primary and another $180.00 for the November election.

Donations should be mailed to:

Sullivan for Judge
24 First Avenue East, STE C
Kalispell, MT 59901