Sullivan & Worcester Ranked in the 2013 Edition of Chambers USA

S&W Press Release
May 24, 2013

Boston, MA – May 24, 2013 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

Individual Rankings

Editorial Comments from Chambers

S&W is highly-regarded in tax. The firm was recognized nationally in the Tax: Corporate & Finance category. Chambers describes the group as having a superb international taxation practice, and frequently advises U.S. companies on outbound investments, as well as foreign business with U.S. interests. Its expertise also extends to include mutual funds, tax planning, state and local, and REIT issues. One client remarks, “Excellent client service. I get an immediate high-quality response.”

In the Massachusetts Tax category, S&W’s team maintains a thriving transactional and tax controversy practice. The group was recognized for leading the way in the field of international taxation, advising U.S. businesses on foreign investments, as well as counseling foreign investors in U.S. tax regulations. The firm’s REIT practice continues to garner praise in the market, and the group is considered a go-to firm for tax matters with constitutional or civil rights elements. 

Chambers highlighted several individuals as Leading Lawyers in the tax area, including the head of S&W’s Tax Department, Ameek Ashok Ponda, who was praised by market commentators, “He is outstanding in his craft and brings an awful lot to the table.” Another source remarks that he has an “absolutely phenomenal command of the REIT rules.” Michael Davis continues to impress with his work in the tax space, and is particularly singled out for his acumen on complex estate planning and income tax matters. Richard Jones has a robust state tax litigation and transactional practice and is noted for his capacity for cases with an international element. David Nagle is an expert in state and local tax matters, and has plentiful experience representing individuals in landmark tax cases before the IRS and the state courts.

Laura Steinberg was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Massachusetts’ Litigation: Securities category. She operates a practice which is national in scope, focusing on securities and financial services litigation. Ms. Steinberg is described as an "extremely bright, knowledgeable and practical lawyer" who understands the business goals of her clients.

S&W’s Massachusetts Banking & Finance Group is active in the debt financing community. Sources say "the firm has knowledge and expertise in specialist areas which are normally the preserve of much larger firms. They are responsive and provide a good service at a reasonable cost." William Levine was mentioned as being a key individual on the team.

In the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category, Chambers recognized S&W for its work in creditor representation in the context of both litigation and out-of-court settlements. The team was regarded as a “very engaging group of people” and a source comments that “all my experiences with them have been positive and I always received very prompt advice.” Ranked as a Leading Lawyer, Patrick Dinardo is praised by clients for his effective communication skills and his practice approach. “He really understands the client’s objectives,” says one interviewee. “He tailors his representation accordingly and he is very realistic about what is achievable.”

David Guadagnoli and Ilene Robinson Sunshine are ranked as Leading Lawyers in the employment area. Clients readily appreciate David Guadagnoli’s relaxed demeanor and note that “he is always there when we need him. He gets us through some of the anxious times and his unflappability is great – he never gets flustered.” The "phenomenal" Ilene Robinson Sunshine is a venerable expert in a wide range of employment law matters. Her practice encompasses noncompetition, discrimination litigation and employee discipline.

For information about the 2013 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

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