Sullivan & Worcester Ranked in the 2012 Edition of Chambers USA

Press Release
June 7, 2012

Boston, MA – June 7, 2012 – Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business named the following Sullivan & Worcester practice areas and lawyers among the top in their fields.

Practice Area Rankings
Banking & Finance - Massachusetts
Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts
Tax - Massachusetts

Individual Rankings
Ameek Ashok Ponda - Tax (Massachusetts)
Michael Davis - Tax (Massachusetts)
David Guadagnoli - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Massachusetts)
Patrick Dinardo - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Massachusetts)
Richard Jones - Tax (Massachusetts)
David Nagle - Tax (Massachusetts) 
Ilene Robinson Sunshine - Labor & Employment (Massachusetts) 

Editorial Comments from Chambers

Ranked for the first time, in the Massachusetts Banking & Finance category, sources say "the firm impresses with the hands-on approach of its partners." Clients value Sullivan & Worcester's Boston financing team due to the partner-led and commercially astute advice on offers. The team’s expertise encompasses secured and unsecured lending as well as securitization, equipment financing and credit enhancement. William Levine was mentioned as being a key individual on the team.

In the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category, Chambers recognized S&W for its strength in handling a wide variety of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights issues on behalf of financial institutions, investors and debtors. Sources say the team is “very reactive to its clients' needs.” Ranked as a Leading Lawyer, Patrick Dinardo is recognized as “a real problem solver with excellent communication skills."

In the Massachusetts Tax category, Sullivan & Worcester is described by sources as having "a good, strong and deep tax practice.”

Chambers highlighted several individuals as Leading Lawyers in the tax area, including the Director of S&W’s Tax Department, Ameek Ashok Ponda, who focuses on REIT transactions as well as cross-border M&A and financings and earned him a top level ranking. Clients say that he is “an outstanding tax attorney” and “highly regarded for his intellect and knowledge.” Michael Davis is highly recommended for his work on complex estate planning on behalf of closely-held family businesses. Richard Jones' state tax practice covers both controversies and transactional matters. Highlighted work includes representing a number of same-sex couples married under Massachusetts law in actions related to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. David Nagle represents clients in disputes before the IRS and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He also handles transactional work and is praised by sources for his expertise on state and local taxation.

David Guadagnoli and Ilene Robinson Sunshine are ranked as Leading Lawyers in the employment area. David Guadagnoli was cited for his clear advice and excellent responsiveness as he “inspires confidence in clients thanks to his "natural authority." The "exceptionally bright" Ilene Robinson Sunshine co-leads the employment & benefits group at Sullivan & Worcester. "She is responsive, very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs," say clients. Her areas of expertise span employment discrimination, employee discipline and noncompetition cases.

For information about the 2012 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, environment and natural resources, climate change, renewable energy and water resources, 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