About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 175 lawyers in Boston, London, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, environment and natural resources, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Many of the firm's client relationships span more than 30 years across multiple generations. S&W's lawyers and practice groups have strong national reputations, with many of the firm's lawyers having come to S&W from other larger firms. 

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 three additional outposts; one in New York, which was opened in 1983 to better serve banking, real estate and corporate finance clients; another in Washington, DC, where the firm's environmental & natural resources and mutual funds groups are anchored; and an office in London which opened in 2013 focusing on trade finance. In 2001, the firm 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 Kibbutz industry).

Over the last decade, Sullivan & Worcester has been involved in high-stakes litigation including cases related to the Bernie Madoff investment scandal. The firm has helped facilitate a significant amount of international investment work for business interests in Ireland, the U.K., 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. By equity market capitalization, the firm represents approximately 10% of the public REIT market.

Despite its continued growth, the firm has no plans to take part in the "merger mania" affecting some mid-size and large 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 relatively smaller size, and the firm hasn't had any problems recruiting BigLaw talent to its ranks.

Better Than Amber Alert

S&W 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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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 338-2800


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and Managing Partner: Joel R. Carpenter
  • Recruiting Chair: Amy E. Sheridan
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 175

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year:  $170,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    4 out of 4 (2Ls only) (2017)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Art & Museum Law • Bankruptcy & Restructuring • Broker-Dealer Regulation • Capital Markets • Corporate • Crowdfunding • Employment & Benefits • Environment & Natural Resources • Family Business • Financial Services • Finance • Government Contracts & Grants • Government Investigations & White Collar Defense • Hotels & Hospitality • Intellectual Property • International • International Tax • Investment Management • Life Sciences • Litigation • Media, Entertainment & Publishing • Mergers & Acquisitions • Mutual Funds • Private Investment Funds • Privacy & Data Security • Private Equity •  Real Estate • REITs • Securities • Tax • Technology • Trade & Export Finance • Trusts & Estates • Venture Capital

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA (HQ) • New York, NY • Washington, DC • London • Tel-Aviv