Sullivan & Worcester LLP Receives Top Rankings in the Inaugural 2010 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”


S&W Only Midsize Firm Ranked Nationally in Tier 1 in Both Corporate and Tax

S&W Press Release
September 15, 2010

Boston, MA – September 15, 2010 – Sullivan & Worcester LLP was highly ranked, including first-tier national and metropolitan rankings, in the inaugural edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  

U.S. News Media Group, the nation's leading source of rankings and service journalism, and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, partnered to expand the U.S. News signature "America's Best" series to include rankings of law firms. The results, including more than 30,000 rankings of almost 9,000 law firms in 81 practice areas, are posted online at The national first-tier rankings will be featured in the October edition of U.S. News & World Report.

Sullivan & Worcester was one of 27 firms with a first-tier national ranking in corporate law and one of 36 firms with a first-tier national ranking in tax law. The firm’s full list of rankings include:

National Rankings

Metropolitan Rankings


New York

Washington, D.C.

To collect data, U.S. News – Best Lawyers asked major clients and leading lawyers to rate the law firms they consider best in various practice areas. In the end, 9,514 clients – including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies – provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations; 6,190 clients provided 11,181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers; and 8,842 lawyers provided 594,012 firm practice-area evaluations.

These survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Hard numbers were also used to develop the practice area rankings – data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels, pro-bono commitment, diversity, and other objective data.    

“We are very pleased to have achieved high results in the ‘Best Law Firms’ survey,” said William J. Curry, co-managing partner of Sullivan & Worcester. “The distinction comes from a combination of hard data, peer reviews and client assessments and it is a true testament to the firm’s commitment to excellence and our breadth of expertise.” 

A sampling of the firm’s client comments, which appear on, include:

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

“Sullivan & Worcester worked in a tireless and efficient manner as we negotiated with three different parties to close a recapitalization in less than 30 days. The fees were very reasonable.”

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

“Sullivan & Worcester impressed me with its knowledge of the bankruptcy code, as well as its ability to quickly get its arms around the hierarchical structure of our creditor mix. This quick and accurate assessment of our particular situation allowed our company to immediately take control of a necessary restructuring process.”

Tax Law

“In my 25 years in the tax area, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best tax professionals in the business. In my opinion, Ameek Ponda of Sullivan & Worcester is heads above any other tax expert that I have worked with.”

Securitization and Structured Finance Law

“We have been working with this firm for many years. Somehow they make me feel like I am their only client, even though I know I am not.”

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

Leah Schloss