Sullivan Ranked in the 2015 Edition of Chambers USA

Press Release
May 26, 2015

Boston, MA – May 26, 2015 – The new edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked 13 Sullivan lawyers, an increase of five lawyers from last year’s edition. In addition, four practice areas were recognized. Following below are details of the firm’s rankings:  

Practice Area Rankings
Tax: Corporate & Finance (Nationwide)
Banking & Finance (Massachusetts)
Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Massachusetts)
Tax (Massachusetts)

Individual Rankings & Recognized Practitioners
Patrick Dinardo – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Massachusetts)
Richard Teller – Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts)
David Guadagnoli – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Massachusetts)
Amy Sheridan – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Massachusetts)
Jeffrey Karp – Environment (District of Columbia)
David Mahaffey – Investment Funds (Nationwide)
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 handles tax structuring matters for clients in industries ranging from energy to telecommunications. The firm has recognized expertise acting on the tax aspects of REIT transactions. One client said, “If you want to be comfortable that everything has been looked at and nothing has been missed, then they are valuable because they are very thorough."

In the Massachusetts Tax category, S&W’s team is recognized as having a strong bench offering a wide range of tax-related advice, including REIT conversions, international taxation, state tax litigation and estate planning. The team has a varied client base ranging from foreign investors to high net worth individuals and more. "I would give the highest praise to the tax team. Ideal counsel,” said one client.

Chambers highlighted several individuals as Leading Lawyers in the tax area. Peers noted Ameek Ashok Ponda as "a very strong player" in Boston and clients noted him as "truly excellent" in his field. Commentators noted Michael Davis as "one of the distinguished figures of tax in Boston." The "well-respected" Joseph Donovan's background as Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue holds him in good stead as state and local tax counsel at the firm.  David Nagle focuses his skills on transactional tax planning, also acting as counsel to taxpayers in litigation before the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the IRS. Sources named him "a fine lawyer."

Laura Steinberg was ranked in Massachusetts’ Litigation category. She is recognized as an experienced litigator with a diverse practice, particularly for her expertise in shareholder and investor rights disputes.

S&W’s Banking & Finance Group focuses on representing institutional lenders on a variety of debt and trade finance matters. One client said, "They are very responsive and knowledgeable, and you get senior level attention." 

In the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category, Chambers recognized S&W as having expertise with international and domestic clients in contested cases across the U.S., including at appellate levels. The firm was noted as having particular experience advising on bankruptcies in the airline industry. Market sources praise Patrick Dinardo’s commercial understanding and his deal-making abilities.

In the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation area, David Guadagnoli focuses his practice on the design and administration of benefit agreements and retirement arrangements for emerging and established employers. "His scope is both broad and deep," reports one source, while others comment that he is "a fine technician" and "great guy to have on your side." Amy Sheridan is noted for her "practical approach" and her ability to "narrow down issues to the key elements." She is praised for her extensive knowledge of "all things compliance related," including HIPAA and ERISA matters, among others. 

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 175 lawyers in Boston, London, 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 recognized for its representation of REITs and its deep experience in mutual fund law. For more information please visit

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