Sullivan & Worcester LLP at a Glance


  • “The great people”
  • “Interesting work”
  • “Community support”


  • “Hours”
  • “Below-market salaries”

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

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 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.

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.

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 338-2800
Fax: (617) 338-2880


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Joel R. Carpenter
  • Hiring Partner: Jeanne Darcey
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 185

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,788/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Art & Museum Law
    Banking & Finance
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Employment & Benefits
    Environment, Energy & Natural Resources
    Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
    Intellectual Property
    International Investment Management
    Privacy & Data Security
    Real Estate
    Trusts & Estates 

Major Office Locations

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