Sullivan & Worcester LLP Receives Top Rankings in Six Categories in the 2011 Edition of The Legal 500 United States

S&W Press Release
June 14, 2011

Boston, MA – June 15, 2011 – The Legal 500 United States ranked Sullivan & Worcester in six categories in its 2011 edition, two more categories than in the 2010 edition, including:  

In the Finance category, the Securitization Group is commended for its ability “on a full mix of transactions and always perform well on any type.” In Boston, Duncan O'Brien offers “depth of legal knowledge across wide variety of asset classes,” Alexander Notopoulos “has the ability to explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers,” and New York-based George Lindsay “always get the job done quickly and correctly.”  

The Legal 500 ranked the REIT practice in Tier 3 and said that the group “carries a significant profile on the back of its excellent legal knowledge’. . . . The practice represents four of the largest public REITs – with an aggregate market capitalization of $8.5bn – on a nearly exclusive basis.” In addition to the REIT practice, S&W’s Real Estate Group was ranked for the first time. Co-leader Warren Heilbronner was mentioned and Partner John Balboni was praised as “very helpful, both as a legal mind and as a sounding board for deals.”

The firm’s Mergers & Acquisition practice is “excellent on all accounts,” and “more flexible and price-efficient than some of the larger firms.” Boston-based head of department Susan Barnard is frequently praised. Also in Boston, the “efficient” Carol Wolff is “insightful and experienced, as well as being an excellent negotiator.”

S&W’s Tax Group is “one of the largest on the East Coast and certainly the strongest in Massachusetts.” The Group is lightly leveraged, with approximately half of the complement comprising highly experienced partners, and is praised for “excellent, highly responsive service” by long-term clients. Ameek Ashok Ponda, the Boston-based practice group leader, is “super smart, a great teacher, who sees the big picture and the details as well.” Also in Boston, “smart and detail-orientated” David Nagle has a strong practice which bridges transactions and controversy. Other recommended lawyers include Christopher Curtis, for general business taxation and wealth planning, and Richard Jones for state tax advice and controversy.

Ranked for the first time in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation category, Boston-based David Guadagnoli provides “excellent response times, and truly helps the client understand the intricate details of complex legal issues.”

The Legal 500 United States is a directory of leading legal practitioners in the United States compiled on the basis of peer and client referrals. For more information about the firm’s rankings, please visit The Legal 500 US 

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