Sullivan Adds Leading Tax Lawyer in Boston

Press Release
May 7, 2013

Boston, MA – May 7, 2013 – Sullivan is pleased to announce that Joseph B. Darby III has joined the Tax Group as a partner in the Boston office. Mr. Darby is an accomplished author and well-known tax attorney who focuses his practice on individual, business and transactional tax law. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Tax Law.

Mr. Darby is the author of the highly regarded “Practical Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Sales,” published by CCH (formerly Commerce Clearing House), and he is a recognized authority in the structuring of mergers, acquisitions, business sales and related business transactions. He teaches a course entitled “Tax Aspects of Buying and Selling a Business” at the Boston University School of Law Graduate Tax Program.

Mr. Darby is also an authority on the taxation of intellectual property, including the migration of valuable intellectual property to offshore jurisdictions, and the tax-efficient licensing and/or sale of intellectual property rights. He is rated as AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ in the areas in which he practices, including Intellectual Property.

Before joining Sullivan, Mr. Darby was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig.

“We are thrilled to add a tax practitioner with such a breadth of experience to our team,” said Joel R. Carpenter, co-managing partner of Sullivan. “We pride ourselves on our strong tax capabilities, and Jay will further develop and enhance our service offering to our clients.”

Mr. Darby has been the recipient of numerous journalism and writing awards, and has authored two books and more than 1,000 articles. Mr. Darby is a frequent contributor to the World Trade Executive family of publications, including Practical International Tax Strategies, Practical European Tax Strategies, and Practical US Tax Strategies, and is a member of the editorial and advisory board of World Trade Executive.

Mr. Darby served as a member of the Board of Assessors for the Town of Watertown from 1993 to 2011. He was the president of the Boston Police Foundation from 2000 to 2012, and is currently president of the Watertown Police Foundation.

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