Joel R. Carpenter Takes Helm of Sullivan & Worcester as Sole Managing Partner


S&W Press Release

March 24, 2014

Boston, MA, March 24, 2014 –Sullivan & Worcester is pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2014, Joel Carpenter has taken over as sole Managing Partner of the firm. Previously, Joel was Co-Managing Partner with Corporate Partner William J. Curry. The two have led the firm since 2002.

Joel is looking forward to leading several strategic initiatives for the firm, including:

  1. Continuing to expand the firm’s international capabilities, including our industry leading trade finance practice in London, which launched in 2013, as well as our ZAG-S&W securities practice, which advised on more than half of the offerings by Israeli companies that newly listed on NASDAQ in 2013.
  2. Continuing the firm’s successful recruiting program, particularly in the firm’s core practices, including Investment Management, REITs and Real Estate, Corporate and Complex Commercial Litigation.
  3. Responding to the "new normal" in the legal profession by working with current and future clients to provide prompt, effective service at reasonable and predictable cost.

When asked about his new role, Joel said, "I am proud to lead an exceptional law firm, combining many areas of nationally and internationally recognized expertise with a culture that values hard work, dedication to clients and mutual respect and tolerance. The legal profession is in a period of rapid and disruptive change, and Sullivan & Worcester is well-positioned to respond to the market’s increasing demands for high value, efficient and predictably priced legal services."

Joel is a tax lawyer and is particularly experienced in the tax structuring of complex business and investment arrangements. He has served on the boards of a number of enterprises, and acts as a trusted advisor to a number of individuals and businesses. Joel joined the firm in 1979 as a paralegal, and has spent his entire legal career at Sullivan & Worcester. He became a law clerk in 1981, an associate in 1984, a partner in 1992, and was elected as Co-Managing Partner in 2002.

Bill Curry has returned to his busy corporate practice and will take on the role of the firm’s general counsel and will serve on the Management Committee. Bill commented, "My client work has become increasingly busy over the past several years, and I’ve decided to focus on that entirely. It has truly been a privilege serving as Co-Managing Partner of the firm."

About Sullivan & Worcester 

Sullivan & Worcester is a leading corporate law firm advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 185 lawyers in Boston, London, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, environment and natural resources, climate change, renewable energy and water resources, regulatory law, and employment and benefits.


Leah Schloss