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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

20 National Rankings & 29 Metro Rankings | Website

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Rankings

Sullivan & Worcester LLP is nationally ranked in 20 practice areas and regionally ranked in 29 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
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National rankings:
Gold Badges Tier 1 in Corporate Law
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About Our Clients

Select Clients

  • Alcobra Pharma
  • American DG Energy Inc.
  • American Tower Corporation
  • Ares Management
  • Attunity Ltd.
  • Bank of America
  • ClickSoftware
  • Deutsche Bank AG, New York
  • DivcoWest
  • Ernst & Young U.S. LLP
  • Fidelity Management & Research Company
  • HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
  • IGT
  • Iron Moutain Incorporated
  • John Hancock Financial Services
  • Level 3 Communications, Inc.
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Novaya Real Estate Ventures
  • Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Tecogen
  • The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland PLC
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Westbrook Partners

Selected Client Comments

Commercial Litigation

I used Sullivan & Worcester as local counsel in a high-stakes civil case in the Southern District of New York. They have excellent attorneys who provide excellent service.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Sullivan & Worcester are very knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects of employee benefits planning, contracts and implementation.

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Securities Regulation

Sullivan & Worcester has strong expertise in 1940 act issues. They are very responsive and cost effective as well as nice people.

Barney Karol ETF Managers Fund

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Banking and Finance Law

I found the Sullivan & Worcester firm and in particular Duncan O'Brien, of the highest quality.

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Sullivan & Worcester assisted my former employer (not TVPX) on a defaulted transaction in which my former employer acted as an indenture trustee.

Michael Hoggan TVPX

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Real Estate Law

We have used Sullivan & Worcester primarily for real estate loan closings for many years. Mr. Hugh Finnegan, the firm partner who handles our relationship, is knowledgeable, helpful, and timely.

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Sullivan & Worcester has excellent expertise in the bankruptcy/creditors rights area. They were extremely responsive and thorough. They took the time to understand our needs as a client and to discuss the related issues and projects. We obtained cost-effective representation and all around had a very good experience with them. They are clearly one of New York's best.

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Litigation - Environmental

Jeff Karp and Jerry Muys of Sullivan & Worcester bring a great deal of expertise to their service to clients.

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Real Estate Law

I have worked with Hugh Finnegan and his team at Sullivan & Worcester for over the past 15 years, and he is a top expert in the field. They understand the issues at hand and stay focused on assisting with those issues. I have also never had an issue with invoices; they are very reasonable for the value we receive. I never question their level of integrity.

Eric Nodiff Cantel Medical Corp.

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Corporate Law

Sullivan & Worcester has a high knowledge base. They understand the issues at hand and stay focused on assisting with those issues I have never had an issue with invoices; they are very reasonable for the value we receive. I also never question their level of integrity.

Eric Nodiff Cantel Medical Corp.

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Corporate Governance Law

I have worked with Howard Berkenblit of Sullivan & Worcester for many years, and he is a top expert in the field. He understands the issues at hand and stays focused on assisting with those issues. I never have an issue with invoices; they are very reasonable for the value we receive. I never question their level of integrity.

Eric Nodiff Cantel Medical Corp.

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Litigation - Bankruptcy

I would rate the Sullivan & Worcester as excellent in the following areas: Expertise, Responsiveness, Understanding, Cost-Effectiveness, and Civilty. Also, I would certainly highly recommend the firm to others.

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Real Estate Law

Sullivan & Worcester's property expertise has been particularly beneficial to us.

Tony Leonard Clarendon Properties USA

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Real Estate Law

I have used Sullivan & Worcester (New York & Boston) in commercial real estate transactions since 2005 when I lived in the US (working for a different employer). I have always found them to be excellent based on all areas of criteria referred to above. In my current role, we have been involved in restructuring a particularly challenging case in New York involving hotel condominiums and Hugh Finnegan in Sullivan & Worcester has been excellent in terms of his ongoing advice and assistance.

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Tax Law

Sullivan & Worcester is an excellent firm with top tier attorneys providing superior legal services in tax matters.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The attorneys we have worked with at Sullivan & Worcester have been extremely helpful, knowledgeable, professional, and practical. David Guadagnoli in particular has been a tremendous help on issues large and small with our organization's retirement plan.

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Real Estate Law

Sullivan & Worcester has represented BankUnited's NYC CRE department for the last four years. Although I was unfamiliar with their work previously, I have come to respect and rely on them for excellent representation. Hugh Finnegan in particular stands out for his responsiveness, experience, knowledge and integrity. The colleague who recommended Sullivan & Worcester as BankUnited counsel is no longer employed here, but we continue to use them nonetheless -- the highest praise, in my estimation.

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Commercial Litigation

Sullivan & Worcester was counsel to one of the subsidiaries in the banking group for which I was global head of litigation. The two attorneys that were stand out were Frank Velie and Jon Kortmansky. They are exceptional litigators: Frank is the best litigator I have ever had the privilege of working with. Jon is a real fighter - you would always want him on your side.

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Litigation - Environmental

I would highly recommend Jerry Muys of Sullivan & Worcester.

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Litigation - Environmental

I have worked with Sullivan & Worcester's environmental litigation practice for over a decade. Jeff Karp and Jerry Muys have expertly navigated the CERCLA process, including receipt and response to notification letters, regulatory negotiations, administrative consent orders, RI/FS, responsible party determinations, and community relations.

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Real Estate Law

We have worked with Hugh Finnegan at Sullivan & Worcester on small business loan closings for several years. Our experience has been nothing short of exceptional. Mr. Finnegan, and his associates, always embody the highest professionalism and skill. Turnaround times are quick and we view the team at Sullivan & Worcester as a partner who oftentimes help us navigate tricky closings. It is not uncommon for Mr. Finnegan to help us brainstorm a solution to a legal or even business decision.

John Palyo Grow America Fund

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

David Guadagnoli is a true subject matter expert in dealing with health, welfare, and retirement issues. He has generously donated his time to our non-profit organization, whose mission it is to educate and promote excellence among benefits professionals here in New England. Our members go out of their way to attend sessions where he is presenting, and I know that his clients truly value his expertise and thoroughness.

Patty Houpt New England Employee Benefits Council

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Litigation - Intellectual Property

Sullivan & Worcester is best in class in terms of knowledge, efficiency and client service.

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Tax Law

Doug Stransky is the main partner I deal with at Sullivan & Worcester, and he is very collaborative and understands the economics of the business. A good example that recently came up is that Doug called me to tell me the fee in the UK affiliate we were using was getting larger than we had anticipated. Doug's preemptive call allowed me to contact the people within my organization that were interacting with the UK law firm, and I was able to get them to be more careful with what was asked of the law firm.

Paul Kohout Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

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Real Estate Law

The attorneys at Sullivan & Worcester are knowledgeable and efficient. They are extremely helpful in structuring solutions to get deals closed.

Paul Mak Banco Popular

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Tax Law

Sullivan & Worcester was buyers counsel for the sale of EPM, and I worked closely with them. They are very professional and on point. Subsequent to the deal, they provided valued advice for corporate restructuring and cash repatriation strategy.

Joseph Hartnett Engineering Planning and Management (EPM), Inc.

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

I previously worked with Jeff at Sullivan & Worcester on the Borders' chapter 11 case. He took the lead on many important issues including the company's dip financing, store closings and plan confirmation. Jeff was thoughtful and appropriately aggressive when dealing with all issues involving the company. Jeff is currently working with numerous middle market companies and frequently consults me on financing issues related to these companies.

Richard Klein Miller Buckfire

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Commercial Litigation

Sullivan & Worcester attorneys are pragmatic and astute; they provide advice which is both commercial and cost effective.

Priti Shetty ICICI Bank UK plc

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Sullivan & Worcester provides very efficient responses to inquiries and always provides helpful examples when needed. They readily provide templates to assist with new document requirements. They always research a question and provide a timely response if they do not have an immediate response. Sullivan & Worcester is very personable and accessible.

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Water Law

Len Miller of Sullivan & Worcester is a water law expert with a great deal of knowledge and expertise. He has a ton of institutional and legal insight stemming from his work at the EPA and as a top lawyer for many years.

Luke Wilson The Center for Water Security and Cooperation

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Real Estate Law

I have been a client of Sullivan & Worcester, specifically with Hugh Finnegan for a number of years. I find that the skill level and responsiveness is excellent and the work is done efficiently. There is constant communication as required and the documentation that is produced is accurate and appropriate. It is a pleasure to be a client of the firm.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Sullivan & Worcester does an excellent job in supporting our qualified and non-qualified plans. They are very knowledgeable in all areas or ERISA and provide technical and practical guidance.

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Corporate Law

Sullivan & Worcester is our sole outside corporate US counsel for a reason--they provide superior services, in a timely and cost-effective manner. I highly recommend Sullivan & Worcester for all corporate, tax, and litigation needs.

Ken Long Idean Enterprises, Inc.

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Banking and Finance Law

Sullivan & Worcester has an excellent structured finance practice. They are knowledgeable, cost effective, and timely; with good business sense as well.

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Mutual Funds Law

I have worked with a number of '40 Act law firms since I entered the business in the mid 1980's, and there is none better in any way than Sullivan & Worcester.

Thomas J. Westerfield Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

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Corporate Law

Sullivan & Worcester attorneys have unparalleled expertise. They are efficient and responsive; they keep their eye on getting the deal done as the clients desire.

Jeff Taylor Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Sullivan & Worcester is a great firm with extremely capable attorneys; very responsive and provide great advice.

Stephen Darr Mesirow Financial Consulting LLC

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Commercial Litigation

Harry Rimm at Sullivan & Worcester understands the specific constraints which may apply to a foreign company involved in US litigation. He is skilled at explaining the litigation process and the tactical choices to foreign customers who may not be familiar with the US court system and procedures.

Stéphane Lettner Nestlé Waters

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Environmental Law

I have worked with Jeffrey Karp at Sullivan & Worcester for many years. His knowledge of the environmental business and partnering with both the client and their consultant to address the client's needs are unparalleled in my 35 years of experience; which includes working with many attorneys and law firms. His attention to the client's needs and providing timely legal advice cognizant of his client's business needs and stressors have been important for the long-term client relationships we have shared.

Robert Stetkar Golder Associates, Inc.

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Water Law

Jerry Muys of Sullivan & Worcester is very proficient in all aspects of the federal Clean Water Act and state laws in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Litigation - Environmental

Sullivan & Worcester is known for having attorneys that are well-versed in all aspects of environmental law and litigation. In this regard, the support of Jerry Muys in our work has been invaluable.

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Banking and Finance Law

Sullivan & Worcester is one of the most knowledgeable, professional firms with which I've ever done business. They've always represented my firm's interests extremely well, while at the same time being extremely client-friendly.

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Commercial Litigation

I worked with Sullivan & Worcester's George Richardson regarding an employment separation. I found his knowledge of the financial industry and securities regulations to be outstanding. He also has a sharp legal mind. Both George and the firm are very user friendly in terms of responsiveness and knowledge base.

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Mutual Funds Law

The lawyers I work with at Sullivan & Worcester are knowledgeable in the applicable law. They have developed a keen understanding of my business needs and are responsive and available when I need them.

Philip McLoughlin Virtus Funds and Virtus Variable Insurance Trust

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Litigation - Environmental

Sullivan & Worcester's working knowledge of CERCLA has effectuated significant, positive results.

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Tax Law

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work closely with trusted individuals at Sullivan &Worcester. I consider my interactions with S&W as one of the best attributes of my position.

Patrick Fiel Equinix, Inc.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

They are thorough without being alarmists. We have been using Sullivan & Worcester for years, and they always come through. They are highly recommended!

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Real Estate Law

I work extensively with the real estate team at Sullivan & Worcester and have the utmost confidence in the work they do; they are always very responsive to my requests.

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Tax Law

For transactions and mergers and acquisitions as well as the technical compliance with specialized REIT qualification rules, I don't believe there are smarter tax attorneys than at Sullivan & Worcester.

David Hegarty Senior Housing Properties Trust

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Banking and Finance Law

I have enjoyed a long relationship with two of Sullivan & Worcester’s structured finance and securitization partners and find them to be very knowledgeable; they have good presence with clients and opposing counsel. I can recommend them without reservation.

Dennis Knitowski Union Bank

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Water Law

The attorneys Sullivan & Worcester are very focused on the real world issues dealing with the subject of water law. They are particularly diligent without creating tension or making folks uncomfortable. Their skill is superb. The experience was very satisfactory.

Donald Elisburg Consultant

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Firm Leadership

Joel R. Carpenter
Managing Partner