Sullivan & Worcester LLP is Ranked in the 2009 Edition of Chambers USA

S&W Press Release
June 15, 2009

Boston, MA – June 15, 2009Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers named several Sullivan & Worcester lawyers among the top in the United States:

In the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category, Chambers recognized Sullivan & Worcester for handling “out-of-court workouts and restructurings, and for contesting matters in federal bankruptcy courts both in Massachusetts and across the country . . . and its extensive experience in the field has seen it represent debtors, creditors' committees and trustees in cases involving more than $1 billion in transactions.” Clients commented that the firm has “no fear when it comes to complex bankruptcy and restructuring work.” Chambers highlighted S&W’s representation of Staples in acquiring various shopping center leasehold interests in retail bankruptcy cases across the United States. Bankruptcy partner Patrick P. Dinardo, whom clients value for being “tenacious but gentlemanly” and for his “outstanding leadership and litigation skills,” is ranked as a leading lawyer in Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

Ranked in “band 2” of the Massachusetts Tax category, Sullivan & Worcester, an "impressive and broad-ranging” firm, is renowned in the region, according to Chambers, “for its fine tax practice, which advises on both local and foreign taxation planning and has additional expertise in mutual funds, REITs, M&A, employee benefits and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.” The firm was also recognized as assisting public charities and private foundations, and for recently acting for a major timber corporation on the formation of a $300 million private REIT fund for the purpose of investing in U.S. timber. Clients describe the firm as “really practical, responsive and passionate about its cases.” Clients called Ameek Ashok Ponda “an extremely helpful, outstanding lawyer.” Chambers notes that he is “heavily involved with foreign investors” and clients appreciate that his “strong analytic approach is augmented by his math background.”  Michael Davis is hailed for his long-standing experience at the firm and his work advising on tax issues for privately held companies. He wins acclaim from clients for “his pragmatic approach.”  According to Chambers, Christopher Flanagan “handles significant M&A work and is praised for his thoroughness.” All three of these tax attorneys were ranked as leading lawyers in Massachusetts. 

“Smart and assertive,” Ilene Robinson Sunshine of S&W’s Labor & Employment Group is “highly valued for her business acumen; she handles a range of labor and dispute issues, from contractual disputes to employee misconduct and regulatory issues that arise in large-scale layoffs,” according to Chambers. She is ranked in “band 2” as a leading lawyer in Labor & Employment. Also ranked in “band 2” is David Guadagnoli – recognized as a leading lawyer in Employment Benefits & Executive Compensation.

For information about the 2009 rankings, visit Chambers USA.

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP is a leading corporate law firm providing counsel to domestic and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 185 lawyers in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, securities, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, climate change, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Sullivan & Worcester is also recognized for its representation of REITs and its deep expertise in mutual fund law. For more information please visit

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