Matthew D. Sullivan, Esq., of the Smith & Sullivan Law Firm in Chapin, recently gave an entertaining and informative talk to the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise about his experiences as a baseball umpire, formerly in the minor leagues, and currently for the NCAA, American Legion and South Carolina High School League. Matt currently serves as the President of the Carolina Baseball Umpires Association and was recently selected to serve a four-year term on the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Baseball Rules Committee. This committee is comprised of 11 individuals from around the country and it is charged with writing, modifying and editing the high school baseball rule book. He also spoke of his work where he evaluates and teaches first year professional umpires and high school umpires.
A recent highlight of his umpiring career was his selection as one of eight umpires from across the country to umpire at the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina, broadcasted on ESPN U. Matt enjoyed the experience of umpiring all rounds of the tournament except the final championship game, which he was not allowed to umpire due to his hometown Chapin-Newberry South Carolina American Legion team making the final. Matt spoke very highly of the professionalism and sportsmanship of the Chapin-Newberry team and the American Legion baseball organization. This past year marked the 11thseason that Matt has been selected by the South Carolina High School League to umpire a state championship game.
Matt Sullivan graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004, and this year opened the law firm of Smith & Sullivan, LLC with his law partner Lisa Lee Smith, located on Columbia Avenue in Chapin. Matt currently practices law in the areas of real estate transactions and family law.