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Sullivan & Worcester has one goal: to help businesses thrive in an ever-changing marketplace. We combine the breadth of experience and sophistication you expect from a prominent, top-tier law firm with an unusually creative and flexible approach. Clients choose Sullivan & Worcester because our lawyers are hands-on, business savvy and straightforward, with an intense commitment to our clients' interests. Our clients benefit from:

The resources and experience to take on and win the big ones, including:

• Strategic locations in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and London and international alliances in Europe, Asia and the Middle East

• Approximately 175 attorneys

• A broad range of commercial legal services

• Experience with domestic and international clients ranging from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies and leading financial institutions.

Customized solutions that work for your business. We dig deep to understand our clients and their industries in order to deliver solutions that not only sound good on paper, but also make good business sense. Our lawyers work together in small teams emphasizing close partner-client contact and collaboration.

Big firm talent. Many leading lawyers from larger firms have moved to Sullivan & Worcester for our entrepreneurial, creative style. Our individual lawyers and practice groups have strong national reputations, including our REIT and mutual fund practices that earn top rankings from The American Lawyer. Our lawyers are also ranked annually in publications, such as Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, PLC Which Lawyer?, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Law and Politics: Rising Stars, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Top Ten Lawyers, Women's Business - Top 10 Lawyers and the BTI Client Service All-Star Team.

Small firm collegiality. We steer clear of territorial skirmishes. Instead, we pool the talent of lawyers from across the firm's practices to ensure you get the right team for your job.

Small firm collegiality. We steer clear of territorial skirmishes. Instead, we pool the talent of lawyers from across the firm's practices to ensure you get the right team for your job.

The proof. Many of our client relationships span more than 20 years and across multiple generations.

Visit our Global Services section to learn more about our international presence and capabilities.

Main Location

One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-338-2800
4 offices in 2 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Jeanne P. Darcey Jeanne P. Darcey Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Practicing in: Litigation - Bankruptcy
Practicing in: Litigation - Bankruptcy
Patrick P. Dinardo Patrick P. Dinardo Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Practicing in: Litigation - Bankruptcy
Practicing in: Litigation - Bankruptcy
Richard Hiersteiner Richard Hiersteiner Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Practicing in: Litigation - Bankruptcy
Practicing in: Litigation - Bankruptcy

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    Leaders


    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Tax Law with 12 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Boston, Massachusetts in Tax Law with 12 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Massachusetts in Tax Law with 12 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Boston, Massachusetts in Tax Law with 12 lawyers.

    Clients

    Our clients' profiles range from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses.

    Regardless of what size a client is, or where they are in their life-cycle, we strive to understand our clients' business goals and industry dynamics to deliver practical solutions that align with their own business strategy. To facilitate this, our lawyers work together in small teams to share knowledge and service our clients at the highest level of efficiency and thoughtfulness.


    Client Comments

    "He is knowledgeable, professional, fully dedicated, highly efficient and has high integrity. A pleasure to work with."
    - John Popeo
    Select Income REIT
    "Alex is an experienced, thoughtful and sensible practitioner in a broad array of corporate disciplines."
    "Alex Notopoulos is an intelligent and motivated lawyer who has been an integral part of our company growing into a multi-billion dollar company. His experience and knowledge are highly valued within our organization. I have been very pleased with Alex's advice and professionalism since the beginning of our association."
    "Alex is a very client-oriented attorney and takes a thorough and thoughtful approach to legal analysis."
    "Alex is one of the best lawyers from a technical, practical, and business perspective that I have worked with."
    "In my 25 years in the tax area, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best tax professionals in the business. I have worked with Ameek Ponda for almost 10 years. In my opinion, Ameek Ponda is heads above any other tax expert that I have worked with. Without elaborating, if I need to have the correct answer on a technical issue, I go to Ameek. He has never steered me wrong. He also is very creative and is an absolute pleasure to work with."
    - Michael McDermott
    American Tower Corporation
    "Ameek Ponda is an intelligent tax lawyer and works closely with our company to ensure we are in compliance with the tax laws. We constantly rely on his expertise to develop tax strategies to help us achieve our business goals. We highly value his experience and knowledge of the tax regulations."
    "Ameek Ashok Ponda is extremely smart, and he sees the "big picture". I always learn something new from Ameek."
    "David Mahaffey is an excellent Investment Company Act attorney. His industry knowledge and judgment are, in my experience, unparalleled, as is his efficiency. He is a person on integrity, and I unequivocally recommend him. "
    - Thomas J. Westerfield
    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
    "David Mahaffey has substantial expertise. He is very effective and efficient. He does not try to "run the meeting.""
    "Dave is immediately responsive to our complex and novel questions, and prepares detailed yet concise explanations of the law and our options. He also sends us information that he knows is relevant to our practice so that we can stay informed as we wish. I have seen Dave collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders in order to advance his clients' needs, with others looking to him as the most credible voice in the room. He is a model of clarity and efficiency, provides excellent guidance, and is a joy to work with."
    - Mary Bonauto
    Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
    "David Nagle was very effective and clearly communicated his understanding of the legal issues. He was very impressive in his arguments and thoroughly studied the laws. I really enjoyed working with him and felt very confident that we were in good hands!"
    - Kathy Tutino
    Town Fair Tire
    "David Leahy has served our board well for the past 10 years. He is a thoughtful advisor to the independent trustees and we value his counsel."
    "David is extremely capable and responsive. We trust his judgment."
    "Doug Stransky is an excellent professional that sets the bar in my book for responsiveness to clients. Doug has a broad and deep knowledge of international tax issues, including country specific knowledge, as well as M&A cross border planning knowledge. If he does not know the answer, he has a deep bench of professionals around the world that he can get the answer from, or who he can refer you to, to do the work, and they are all excellent. Doug also has a great deal of patience and works well with assisting the international tax department staff develop and evolve their international skill set."
    - Paul Kohout
    Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
    "Doug has exceptional technical skills, and that combined with his understanding of transactions and how they work, just make my job that much easier. Of all the professionals I have dealt with in my career, Doug is the most responsive I have ever seen. He is excellent in working with others, and he communicates effectively. A lot of my friends and colleagues at other companies use Doug's services for the same reasons I do. They are superb."
    - Paul Kohout
    Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
    "Attorney Douglas Stransky helped my firm solve a complex International Tax Law issue with a simple and elegant solution. I found Doug to be an excellent communicator, responding to my calls and e-mails in a very timely fashion. The results were quite cost effective. His expertise in the field of International Tax Law is first rate. I would recommend Attorney Douglas Stransky (and have) without hesitation."
    "Edwin Miller is a great lawyer. He is very experienced, responsive, and effective in working with others, and very clear when communicating with clients. Ed is a "common sense" lawyer that gets the point really quickly without wasting valuable time and money."
    - Anthony Loumidis
    American DG Energy Inc.
    "Ed Miller is the most efficient and prompt attorney that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His knowledge in nearly all areas of business is remarkable and when he doesn't immediately know the answer, he immediately refers me to someone who does. There is absolutely no delay in response, in completing a task, or in conferencing with other attorneys when necessary. He is straight forward, honest, ethical, and fair in all areas. I recommend him whenever given the opportunity and will always use his services when necessary."
    - Cathy Kalenian
    X Cafe LLC
    "This is my second start-up and Ed Miller has helped both times in an impeccable fashion. He understands very well all the needs of start-ups, and he helps put together the right documentation for incorporation. He also explains all major issues in a no-nonsense way, and focuses on the right elements. In the first company, Ed helped with three rounds of financing, all contracts, and legal issues, along with a successful exit (M&A). All relationships and issues with the board, with the investors, and even with employees, were dealt with professionally and thoroughly. I strongly recommend Ed; he is very knowledgeable, bright, and quick. "
    - Maurizio Arienzo
    NovaWare Inc.
    "Ed Miller has been outside corporate counsel of Konarka since founding, as well as counsel to several other start-ups that I have founded/co-founded previously over the years. He is extremely competent, pragmatic, time responsive, as well as time and cost efficient when working with start-ups from incorporation, funding, growth, and maturity through IPO/M&A liquidity. I highly recommend Ed to any of my fellow serial entrepreneurs who might be seeking a counsel and counselor with a wealth of experience and real-world legal assistance. "
    - Howard Berke
    Konarka Technologies, Inc.
    "Ed Miller is one of the best corporate lawyers I've had the pleasure of working with. He is an expert in securities law. He solves our legal issues fast and with great efficiency. Most importantly, he is completely straight with us and strives to always do the best for his client."
    - Raul Brauner
    Bio-Tree Systems Inc.
    "I have known Ed for more than 10 years in the context of a number of high-tech startups out of MIT and other businesses. It's rare, even in Boston, to find counsel with Ed's depth and breadth of knowledge, experience, and expertise with entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, as well as corporate America's technology and business leaders. What is most impressive about Ed is his engaging style, clarity, and practical approach to resolving issues and finding solutions. In a complex technology and global business environment, Ed provides welcome guidance, insight, unexpected opportunities, and, when needed, patience. He has both the professional wisdom and personal interest that every young entrepreneur needs on his or her team. My experience with Ed has been uniformly positive, consistently professional, and always a pleasure. It is my pleasure to offer this appraisal and recommendation on his behalf."
    - George Kenney
    Massachusetts Insititute of Technology
    "Ed Miller is that very rare breed of lawyer who is a deal maker instead of a deal breaker. Ed's expertise in his areas of specialization is unsurpassed. He is an authority on technology companies and M&A; he not only teaches courses on those subjects at BU School of Law, but he has written books on the topics as well. He analytically looks at every project from all possible angles and thoroughly educates the client. When we need his services he gets back promptly and is always in communication with us, often after hours, and is always enjoyable to work with. I could not recommend any lawyer more highly."
    - Mark Cohen
    Boston Foundation for Sight
    "Edwin Miller is an outstanding general counsel for our small specialty pharmaceutical company."
    "Edwin Miller is intelligent and practical."
    "I have worked with Ed for many years. He is very good at not losing the forest for the trees, and at getting things done."
    "Mr. Velie has an excellent knowledge of handling litigation, and he provides me - as a foreigner - with a feeling of perfect representation in the U.S. He is able to "translate" specific U.S. features to a foreigner, and makes useful and realistic statements without exaggerating issues (like many other lawyers do to pretend more value of their work). I am also quite surprised about the quick response time."
    - Herbert Pichler
    Bank Austria - Member of UniCredit Group
    "Harvey Bines is a brilliant, outstanding lawyer. He is very creative. He works extremely hard to serve client interests."
    - Lionel L. Fray
    AOA Geophysics, Inc.
    "Mr. Bines is the smartest lawyer I have ever known. He is also among the very smartest, savviest people I have known. He has been my attorney for years and has never let me down. I trust him explicitly to optimize outcomes for my company and me."
    - Jack Maguire
    Maguire Associates, Inc.
    "I have had the pleasure of working with Harvey in my capacity of being CFO of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (a national/international not-for-profit 501(c) (3) entity based here in Boston) since Nov 10 2003, so we are now in our fifth year working together. His knowledge on a wide range of not-for-profit issues, investment issues, tax and liability issues, financial processes, audit considerations, and strategic considerations (as we have expanded) has been priceless to us. It is no coincidence that over the past five years our net assets have more than doubled; our sites existing (or in the process of set up) around the U.S. have increased by 50 percent, and we still have no debt whatsoever and no law suits or difficulties pending anywhere here or around the nation. His ready availability to help on questions large and small is a huge asset for us. Finally, his help in stewarding our financial situation as we grow has recently led, I have no doubt, to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship receiving the highest grade - four stars - from Navigator in its evaluation of not-for-profits in the U.S. " for sound fiscal management." We have already received two charitable gifts from individuals who read about the award and wrote us a check. Harvey is someone for whom I have the utmost respect, and that is a real credit to Sullivan & Worcester LLP. "
    "Mr. Bines is my company's corporate counsel and he is, without question, the best business-minded attorney I have ever worked with. Mr. Bines combines a superb legal acumen with a practical, results-driven approach and he is unparalleled at negotiation, formulating legal strategy, thinking through issues and potential pit-falls, and structuring innovative transactions. If you need a smart, tough, practical lawyer who protects your company's interests, this is your man"
    "Hugh Finnegan has provided assistance on real estate matters in connection with acquisitions by my company. He demonstrates a high level of professionalism, has shown creative problem solving, and is available virtually 24/7. His response time is excellent. Hugh is a terrific guy and a pleasure to work with. I give Hugh my highest recommendation."
    - Eric Nodiff
    Cantel Medical Corp.
    "Hugh is an excellent lawyer and is very responsive to his clients. I have known him for more than 20 years and consider him a commercial real estate expert. I give him the highest recommendation."
    "I have known Hugh Finnegan for many years and would recommend him highly to any bank needing a commercial real estate attorney. He is very knowledgeable and responsive. I have total trust in his opinion."
    "J. Truman Bidwell is without equal. He has the finest legal mind and is the most delightful professional. He is able to provide comprehensive legal guidance, useful and effective business and transaction advice, and supremely valuable negotiating strategies."
    - John Salomone
    Structured Finance International, LLC
    "Joe Donovan is one of Boston's top state tax lawyers and is particularly knowledgeable on MA tax matters. He is very responsive to his clients."
    - Philip Graham
    FMR LLC
    "Joseph Donovan is an excellent state tax professional."
    "Joseph Donovan is a recognized expert in state taxation."
    "Patrick Dinardo is an excellent lawyer. He is very practical, with a good understanding of our business."
    "Patrick Dinardo never gives up. He has good business sense and is always available. This is combined with huge experience, good understanding of the laws, and the impacts on the business."
    "Richard Jones is very bright and persistent. He did much of the work in the series of appeals that the State of Massachusetts filed against our original victory."
    - George McKinnis
    TranSwitch Corporation
    "Bob Gillispie is the ultimate professional with a wealth of banking and finance knowledge and superior contract drafting/negotiation ability."
    - Dax Goforth
    Regions Equipment Finance, LP
    "Warren Heilbronner is a superior real estate attorney. His experience enables him to provide practical legal advice regarding real estate law. He understands our objectives and works relentlessly to ensure we are provided the best legal advice."
    "Bill Curry is one of the top Corporate and M&A attorneys I've ever worked with. He is strategic and insightful, yet remains very practical in the advice he provides. He instills confidence and gets results."
    - Ernest Cloutier
    Iron Mountain Incorporated
    "William Curry is extremely responsive and thorough. He is a great client advocate."
    - Bruce Mackey
    Five Star Quality Care, Inc.
    "He is knowledgeable, professional, fully dedicated, highly efficient and has high integrity. A pleasure to work with."
    - John Popeo
    Select Income REIT
    "Alex is an experienced, thoughtful and sensible practitioner in a broad array of corporate disciplines."
    "Alex Notopoulos is an intelligent and motivated lawyer who has been an integral part of our company growing into a multi-billion dollar company. His experience and knowledge are highly valued within our organization. I have been very pleased with Alex's advice and professionalism since the beginning of our association."
    "Alex is a very client-oriented attorney and takes a thorough and thoughtful approach to legal analysis."

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    Main Location

    One Post Office Square
    Boston, MA 02109
    Phone: 617-338-2800
    4 offices in 2 countries

    Management

    Managing Partner

    Contacts

    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    617 338 2995
    Capital Markets
    617 338 2979
    Corporate and M&A
    617 338 2877
    Employment & Benefits
    617 338 2938
    Environment, Energy & Natural Resources
    202 370 3921
    Finance
    617 338 2433
    Intellectual Property
    617 338 2943
    International & Cross-Border Transactions
    212 660 3032
    Investment Management
    202 775 1207
    Litigation
    212 660 3023
    Real Estate
    617 338 2438
    REITs
    617 338 2476
    Securitization
    617 338 2949
    Tax
    617 338 2873
    Trade & Export Finance
    +44 (0)20 7448 1001
    Trusts & Estates
    617 338 2431

    Personnel

    Partners: 87
    Of Counsel: 8
    Associates: 51
    Other Lawyers: 22
    Paralegals: 21
    Non-Legal Employees: 119
    International Partners: 3
    International Associates: 4
    International Non-Legal Employees: 2

    Practice Areas

    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    CleanTech Law
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Copyright Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Energy Regulatory Law
    Environmental Law
    Equipment Finance Law
    Finance
    Gaming Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Litigation - Securities
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mutual Funds Law
    Natural Resources Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Patent Law
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Securities Regulation
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law
    Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Trademark Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Venture Capital Law
    Water Law