Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP at a Glance


  • Good client base”
  • Lots of fun and interesting in-house CLEs”
  • Good feedback”


  • Long hours at times”
  • Lack of transparency for partnership track and selection”
  • If you don't reach 2050 [billable hours] you will not be considered for a bonus”

The Buzz

  • “Great Energy practice”
  • “Selective”
  • “IP litigation”
  • “Difficult environment”

About Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP started as an Atlanta tax firm growing its presence to include offices in London, Geneva, Washington, DC, New York, Houston, Austin and Sacramento.  The firm has embraced a wide array of practice areas, covering corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax law.

Tax Men and Soldiers

In 1924, William Sutherland, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, launched a tax specialty firm in Atlanta with fellow attorney Elbert Tuttle. Later, Tuttle helmed the firm's pro bono counsel efforts in Johnston v. Zerbst, the Supreme Court case that helped establish the right to counsel for indigent criminal defendants. In his post-Sutherland days, Tuttle also served as an appellate court judge and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

Firm namesake Joseph Brennan, who joined the firm in 1928, expanded its tax practice by navigating clients through New Deal legislation. The firm branched out early in its history, opening a Washington, DC office in 1937. (The DC office is right on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the firm's attorneys have been known to sleep over at the office to escape navigating inaugural day messes.) With the outbreak of World War II, a portion of the firm's staff left to fight overseas, several returning as decorated soldiers. After the war, Sutherland branched into real estate, insurance, education litigation and corporate law with the help of Mac Asbill, who joined the firm in 1949.

In the next few decades, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan built departments in financial services, technology and energy, notably representing Northwest Pipeline Corporation in its bid to build the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline in the 1970s.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has continued its tax work, taking on wealthy textile mogul John D. Hollingsworth as a client. Former partner Margaret Richardson was tapped by President Bill Clinton to head the IRS, and the firm serves as tax counsel for the Altria Group, parent company to Phillip Morris. The firm also has an active M&A department.

Looking into the Future

Sutherland attorneys represent a diverse range of clients, including 61 Fortune 100 companies and 90 Fortune 200 companies. The firm's Energy practice had an international growth spurt adding offices in London and Geneva.  

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.383.0100
Fax: 202.637.3593


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Mark D. Wasserman
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 441

  • Employment Contact
    Lindsay R. Young
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (404) 853-8000
    Houston/New York/Sacramento/Washington, DC
    Stephanie A. Kaczynski
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (202) 383-0100

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week Houston, New York and Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    17 out of 17 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Energy & Environmental
    Financial Services
    Intellectual Property
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • New York, NY
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Geneva
  • London
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