2020 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#23
At a Glance
“Quality of work and clients”
“Lack of transparency”
“High billable hour requirement”
“Below market pay for senior associates”
About Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Eversheds Sutherland is a global top 40 legal practice, with more than 2,400 attorneys practicing in offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Formed in early 2017 through the combination of the US’s Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and the UK’s Eversheds LLP, Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labor law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.
Tax Men and Soldiers
In 1924, William Sutherland, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, launched a tax 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.
Former name partner Joseph Brennan, who joined the firm in 1928, expanded the tax 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 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. Other notable clients include Facebook, GE, Koch Industries, Microsoft, Siemens, and The Coca-Cola Company.
The snowball effect
On the other side of the pond, Eversheds traces its roots to the founding of Evershed & Tomkinson Solicitors in Birmingham in 1914. In the late 80s, the more modern incarnation of the firm was formed through the multi-pronged merger of several UK regional practices. Evershed & Thomkinson in Birmingham, agreed to merge with Norwich, Manchester, and Sheffield firms in 1988, with a view to being a single partnership by 1993. Between 1988 and 1995, firms in Leeds, Bristol, Newcastle, and Nottingham also jumped on the bandwagon. In 1995, the individual firms began operating under the Eversheds name, while other practices continued to join the fold, including several from overseas.
The multinational firm elected its first firmwide managing partner in 2000, and in the late 2000s, firms in Italy, Germany, Denmark, and Poland joined the fold. The firm also expanded into Scotland, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Bratislava, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.
Looking into the Future
Eversheds Sutherland attorneys represent a diverse range of clients, including 72 Fortune 100 companies, 120 Fortune 200 companies, and 61 FTSE 100 companies. The firm has embraced a wide array of practice areas, covering corporate, energy and infrastructure, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax law.
Why Work Here
For more than 85 years, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has built on the high standards of its founders with a commitment to integrity and to the highest quality of service for its clients. We were founded in 1924 by William Sutherland, formerly a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis, and Elbert Tuttle, who later became the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The firm of Sutherland & Tuttle first established a national reputation in the tax field. In the ensuing years, we became known as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and most recently, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. Today we have prominent practices in the corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, insurance intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax areas.
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies. We serve our clients from six offices: Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Sacramento and Washington DC.
700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 383-0100
Eversheds Sutherland Co-CEO: Mark D. Wasserman
Recruiting Chairs: Michael Gurion (Atlanta); Todd A. Lard (DC)
1st year: $165,000
Summer associate: $3,173/week Austin; DC: Houston; New York; Sacramento
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
Summer Associate Offers:
21 out of 21 (2018)
New York, NY
Energy & Infrastructure