Meet Our Team

Ken Sullivan

Managing Partner

A long-time son of Chicago, Ken grew up on the city’s west side and its bordering suburbs. Ken has more than 30 years of litigation experience representing both the public and private sectors. Ken has brought more than 15 civil jury trials to verdict, first-chaired multiple bench trials in state and federal courts and regularly represents clients in injunctive and other equitable relief hearings, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations.

Ken also has served as general outside counsel for companies in multiple industries, including but not limited to the real estate, refinery and chemical industries. Ken’s client focus has always been to expedite resolution through the court system, mediation or arbitration, or other available means.

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Sam Royko

Managing Partner

The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago columnist Mike Royko, Sam, is a founding member of Sullivan Royko. He embodies the spirit of his father’s legacy of advocating for the people of Chicago. Sam has experience representing clients in a variety of legal matters, including complex litigation, class actions, securities, and employment. Sam has also provided outside counsel services for corporations and small businesses.

Before founding the firm, Sam worked at The Quinlan Law Firm, LLC, and Robinson Curley P.C. as a litigation attorney. Embracing his prior experience in public relations, Sam believes in a client-first approach, which has contributed to a keen understanding of his clients legal, reputation, and financial concerns. Sam believes in using all the tools available to find the best possible solutions for his clients.

Michael McDonough


As a former collegiate athlete, Mike relies on his work ethic and ability to think quickly and critically in his practice that ranges from counseling businesses on best practices to representing clients both large and small in litigations and other disputes.

Before joining Sullivan Royko, Mike has spent his career at several Chicago based litigation firms assisting clients in commercial litigation and resolving various business disputes for clients ranging from individuals to large corporations. Mike has also counseled businesses on various corporate best practices as an outside general counsel.

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Mathew Dudek


Mathew attended Chicago-Kent College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. He quickly developed a deep appreciation for the City of Chicago through its people and their work ethic, which provides ongoing motivation for him to zealously fight and advocate for the best interests of his clients.

Mathew is a seasoned litigator and has served as a general counsel, with over a decade of labor and employment and commercial litigation experience. He has worked for multiple firms of varying sizes in Chicago, including Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., as well as international firms McGuireWoods, LLP, and Reed Smith, LLP. He has defended entities of all sizes throughout the nation, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Andrew Patton

Associate Attorney

Andrew attended Boston College Law School after receiving a BA in Government and American Studies from Connecticut College . During law school, Andrew served as a Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable William G. Young of United States District Court-District of Massachusetts, as well as working in the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender.

Most recently, Andrew was a legal extern in Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP’s Chicago officer working on a variety of litigation and transactional projects. During this time, Andrew took on extensive research and drafting duties relating to FCPA compliance, SBA lending programs under the CARES Act, wrongful conviction suits, depository services, and real estate transactions, amongst others.

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Alyssa Friedman

Associate Attorney

Alyssa is a recent graduate of DePaul University College of Law. During her time in law school, she gained a passion for legal research and writing, which led to her receiving the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in her Advanced Legal Research class.

Alyssa has experience working in various areas of the law and has clerked for both real estate and business litigation law firms while in school. In 2019, Alyssa took an immersive summer semester course in Berlin, Germany where she worked closely with human rights advocacy groups. Specifically, she aided a non-profit organization, the Center for Intersectional Justice, by drafting an update to the Briefing Report, where she analyzed emerging laws, trends, and policies in an effort to identify the most beneficial types of strategic litigation for addressing intersectional discrimination.

Nicholas Benak


Nick has quickly developed the skills necessary to flourish at the firm. He has experience in a variety of tasks including research, drafting, procedural documentation, and management of day to day tasks. Most recently, Nick has directly engaged with clients and participated in plaintiff interviews and relevant document review.

Nick has also excelled in his work with technology, another one of his passions, and has contributed to a robust technological platform for Sullivan Royko’s continued success despite the challenges posed by COVID.


Diana Akmakjian


Diana is a recent graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she specialized in transactional law and negotiation. She is a life-long Chicagoan with a strong interest in helping the communities around her. When she is not at work, she enjoys spin classes and dressing up her miniature dachshund, Dot.