Sullivan & Ward, P.C. would like you to meet our newest attorney! Joseph W. Rust joined Sullivan & Ward, P.C. in the Spring of 2017 as an Associate Attorney. Joe grew up in Tinley Park, IL, attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree and later attended Drake University Law School.

We invite you to take a minute to get to know Joe…

What made you decide to become an Attorney?

In high school, I really didn’t know what I wanted to be yet, but I was smart and a good student, so a lot of the people around me pushed the medical field. I floated the idea around of physical therapist or a doctor. I had a job at a physical therapy clinic while on summer breaks during high school and partly in college, mostly assisting the physical therapist by taking patients through their various exercises and what not, and I started at the University of Iowa as a pre-med student but at some point came to realization I really didn’t enjoy the sciences and couldn’t see myself continuing becoming a doctor. I took those lessons learned about helping and assisting others from working in physical therapy though and applied them to the profession that fit where I now get to advocate and defend for others. I changed from pre-med to pre-law and haven’t looked back.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Following my Chicago sports teams would be a big one. Regardless of how they’re doing I am a die hard Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks fans. So talking sports with my friends or watching the games, reading up on the teams, and of course critiquing every decision the teams make takes up a bit of my time. Now that it’s summertime just about any outdoor activity, so you can find me running or walking around Gray’s Lake, at an I Cubs games, or out at one of the patios Downtown with my friends. But I also enjoy reading and keeping up with the latest TV shows everyone’s talking about.

What is your favorite food?

I’m from Chicago. Definitely pizza.

Joe is excited to be a part of our firm and is looking forward to meeting and working with our many clients in the various fields of practice.