Sullivan and Worcester is a large, cautiously growing Boston
firm with emphases on corporate, tax and litigation 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 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 energy department arm is anchored; and a new
office in London which opened in 2013 focusing on trade finance. 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 Kibbutz
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
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
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.