Sullivan Ranked in the 2014 Edition of Chambers USA

Press Release
May 23, 2014

Boston, MA – May 23, 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business named the following Sullivan practice areas and lawyers among the top in their fields.  

Practice Area Rankings
Tax: Corporate & Finance (Nationwide)
Banking & Finance (Massachusetts)
Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Massachusetts)
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Massachusetts)
Real Estate (Massachusetts)
Tax (Massachusetts)  

Individual Rankings
Patrick Dinardo – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Massachusetts)
David Guadagnoli – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Massachusetts)
Ilene Robinson Sunshine – Labor & Employment (Massachusetts)
Laura Steinberg – Litigation (Massachusetts)
Ameek Ashok Ponda – Tax (Massachusetts) and REITs (Nationwide)
Michael Davis – Tax (Massachusetts)
Joseph Donovan – Tax (Massachusetts)  
Richard Jones – Tax (Massachusetts)
David Nagle – Tax (Massachusetts)

Editorial Comments from Chambers

Nationally, S&W has an excellent reputation for REIT work and expert knowledge of the tax issues surrounding the market. The firm has additional expertise in a range of other transactional tax matters as well as tax planning and controversy. Footholds in the UK and France provide the platform for an active cross-border practice.  One client commented, “The team is expert in every respect. They also focus on the company's desired outcomes."  

In the Massachusetts Tax category, S&W’s team has a very strong reputation for its work in representing clients converting to REIT status, as well as its general representation of REIT clients. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in international taxation, both in terms of advising U.S. clients on foreign investments and counseling foreign investors in the tax implications of their investments in the U.S.

Chambers highlighted several individuals as Leading Lawyers in the tax area. Clients commented, "The partners are incredibly accessible and always figure out a way to talk and provide feedback in a timely fashion. We know we can count on them when needed." Ameek Ashok Ponda was praised for his practical approach to matters and, in recent work, has advised American Tower Corporation, Iron Mountain and Equinix in regard to their conversions to REIT status. David Nagle concentrates on tax planning for transactional matters and representing taxpayers in their disputes before the IRS. Clients praise his "wonderful technical knowledge" and ability to "come up with solutions that work." Joseph Donovan specializes in state tax issues and is lauded by clients for his "great knowledge of the political landscape." Richard Jones focuses on transactional planning as well as providing expert advice on state tax litigation. Michael Davis has over three decades of experience in the Boston tax market, and focuses his practice on estate planning and income tax matters. He elicits particular praise for his work with small businesses.

Laura Steinberg was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Massachusetts’ Litigation category. She is recognized for her expertise in disputes involving regulatory and fiduciary issues. She frequently represents clients in federal and state courts across the country, in matters including shareholder rights and enforcement issues.

In the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category, Chambers recognized S&W for representing creditors in all facets of bankruptcy and restructuring law, with a notable niche handling aircraft financing transactions. One client commented, "They were so good at follow-up - they always came to me, not the other way round. They were always ahead of me!" "Good, strategic lawyer" Patrick Dinardo was recognized as an esteemed bankruptcy litigator, with significant experience at the state and federal level. Clients praise his "high level of skill and diplomacy." 

In the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation area, David Guadagnoli was noted for his deep breadth of knowledge in employee benefits. Clients approve of how "he makes dry information entertaining - he carries a lot of detail in his head and is able to break it down into a straightforward way for us." The "terrific" and much-admired Ilene Robinson Sunshine advises on all aspects of the employment relationship and litigates widely, including noncompetition cases. Sources say she "really knows her stuff, and delivers in a straightforward, nonlegalistic way."

For information about the 2014 rankings, visit Chambers USA.

About Sullivan
Sullivan is a leading corporate law firm providing counsel to domestic and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 185 lawyers in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, securities, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Sullivan is also recognized for its representation of REITs and its deep experience in mutual fund law. For more information please visit   

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