Sullivan and Worcester is a mid-sized, cautiously growing Boston
firm with emphases on corporate, tax and security law and a knack
for extending business abroad.
From Orleans Energy to Israeli Tech
Sullivan & Worcester was founded in Boston in 1941 by two
well-respected legal minds, Judge Sullivan and John Worcester
(pronounced Wooster). The firm now has two additional outposts, one
in New York, which was opened in 1983 to better serve banking, real
estate and corporate finance clients, and another in Washington,
DC, where the firm's energy department and political and lobbying
arms are anchored. In 2001, the New York office entered into a rare
joint venture with Israeli law firm Zysman Aharoni Gayer & Co.,
in order to take advantage of legal opportunities presented by
Israel's high-tech boom (as well as the more modest profits of the
Over the last decade, Sullivan & Worcester has made
headlines for its role in rebuilding hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.
The firm had served as the city's legal advisor on utility
regulation for 20 years, and after the disaster was asked to advise
New Orleans on rebuilding its electric and gas infrastructure. The
firm's New York office has helped facilitate a significant amount
of international investment work for business interests in Ireland,
the UK, China, Canada, India and Italy interested in putting some
of their green to work in the U.S. market. Sullivan's work closer
to home has turned heads as well; the firm houses one of the
largest tax departments in New England.
Despite its continued growth, the firm has no plans to take part
in the "merger mania" affecting other mid-size firms. According to
news reports, the firm plans to continue growing existing offices
and possibly open new offices in high-demand areas. So far, clients
are happy with S&W's smaller size, and the firm hasn't had any
problems recruiting big-firm talent to its ranks.
Better Than Amber Alert
Sullivan does its share of do-gooder work too. The firm was one
of the first to create a climate change group to address
environmental issues. In the pro bono arena, the firm founded the
International ChildFind Program, a pro bono initiative to assist
parents in locating children that had been abducted and transported
across international lines. In one successful case, the firm
reunited a father whose two children had been abducted in Portugal,
but were found a year later living in Middlesex, Massachusetts.
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