Eversheds Sutherland (US) started as a tax firm in Atlanta
and Washington, DC has grown to include offices in New York,
Houston, Austin, and Sacramento. The firm has embraced a wide array
of practice areas, covering corporate, energy and environmental,
financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate
and tax law. Most recently, Eversheds, headquartered in the
U.K., and Sutherland voted overwhelmingly to combine, launching
globally under the name Eversheds Sutherland.
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 U.S.
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 thetax practice by navigating clients through New Deal
legislation. The firm branched out early in its history, opening a
Washington, DC office in 1937 and becoming one of the first
national law firms. With the outbreak of World War II, only two
partners remained behind as a large number of the firm's staff left
to fight overseas, several returning as decorated soldiers. After
the war, the firm 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, the firm 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.
The firm 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 parent company to Philip
Morris. The firm also has an active M&A department.
Looking into the Future
New associates are integrated during a two-day orientation
program and are assigned a formal mentor during their first
practicing year after joining the firm. The in-house training
program named ESLE (Eversheds Sutherland Legal Education) allows
for lawyers and clients to take part in the substantive and
skills-based programs that the firm offers year-round. Eversheds
Sutherland(US) LLP attorneys represent a diverse range of
clients, including 58 Fortune 100 companies and 92 Fortune 200