Sullivan & Worcester LLP is Ranked in the 2009 Edition of The Legal 500 United States

S&W Press Release
June 8, 2009

Boston, MA – June 8, 2009 – Sullivan & Worcester LLP was ranked in the following categories in The Legal 500 United States, a directory of leading legal practitioners in the United States compiled on the basis of peer and client referrals:

In the Finance category, Sullivan & Worcester was ranked among the top 20 national law firms. Clients praised Boston-based attorneys Duncan O’Brien and Alexander Notopoulos for their "prompt responses and thorough work on a full mix of transactions."

Described by clients as "outstanding" and "exceptional," Sullivan & Worcester provides "consistent, quality service" in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), ranked nationally as a Tier 3 firm. One client describes this practice as comprising "the most knowledgeable, dedicated, professional, and diligent attorneys I’ve ever known," and another says they "know how to close transactions - if there are problems, they identify them and offer solutions."

Clients identified a pool of several talented Boston-based partners in this "smart and efficient" team: in particular Ameek Ashok Ponda, Howard Berkenblit, John Steiner and Alexander Notopoulos. Clients variously say that "they are good lawyers - they’re smart and they know what they’re doing," and are "professionals with comprehensive experience" who "understand deadlines and work hard." Mr. Ponda in particular is "very creative" because "somewhere in his brain is a little chip with the tax code in it."

Sullivan & Worcester's Mergers & Acquisitions practice, ranked in the Northeast as a Tier 2 firm, is composed of 15 partners who are dedicated to transactional work and another 20 corporate partners who can add M&A expertise as required. The team’s origins are in Boston, though the New York office adds significant M&A capacity, with regulatory needs being serviced out of Washington, DC. Clients rate the service provided by the practice as "very responsive," praising the lawyers for "good issue spotting and pragmatic advice."

Also in the M&A category, Sullivan & Worcester's co-managing partner William Curry is rated as "a good M&A lawyer and business advisor." Clients say that Richard Teller "is an incredibly service oriented attorney. He balances the legal and business imperatives with great agility. He is also a top notch drafter."   

Regarding the firm's Tax work, ranked among the top 30 firms along the East Coast, Ameek Ashok Ponda "leads the practice group and is known for his strong corporate tax practice which includes cross-border financings and acquisitions." Michael Davis is recommended for "high value estate planning."

For information about the 2009 rankings, visit The Legal 500.

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