Sullivan Adds Tax Partner Richard Kariss in New York and Real Estate Counsel in Boston

Veteran Tax Litigator Deepens Firm's State Tax Practice
Sullivan Press Release
June 24, 2019

BOSTON and NEW YORK – International law firm Sullivan (formerly known as Sullivan & Worcester LLP) today announced that Richard Kariss has joined the firm in the New York City office as a partner in the Tax Practice Group. Kariss’ practice is focused on tax audit defense, appeals before administrative tax boards and courts throughout the country, and litigation.

"Rich is a highly regarded tax lawyer and we’re pleased to have him join us at Sullivan," said Joel Carpenter, Managing Partner of Sullivan. "The firm is dedicated to building multi-disciplinary teams that clients can access to handle all aspects of their matters. Rich’s practice areas touch on multiple client concerns and I’ve no doubt that he’ll be a terrific asset to our firm and to our clients."

Kariss, who came to Sullivan from Alston & Bird, counsels clients regarding corporate acquisitions, risk and compliance issues, litigation, and tax audits. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, he is a frequent lecturer on state tax issues, policy and regulations.

"Sullivan’s platform integrates well with my existing clients and provides a strong foundation for me to expand my work, particularly in audit defense, administrative appeals and litigation," said Kariss. "The marketplace is experiencing a realignment and Sullivan is well-positioned to help me seize those opportunities."

Karris earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. in Tax Law/Taxation at Penn State’s Dickinson Law School.

New Real Estate Counsel Joins Sullivan

The firm also announced today that Jessica Graf has joined the Real Estate Group as counsel in Boston. Formerly with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Graf counsels clients on all aspects of environmental law, including transactional and compliance matters, permitting, enforcement, crisis management and response services, training, environmental management systems, and legislative and regulatory issues. She has extensive experience with tax incentives available for renewal energy products, including Production Tax Credits (PTC), Investment Tax Credits (ITC), and U.S. Treasury Grants.

Graf received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Wheaton College and J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law.

About Sullivan

Sullivan (formerly known as Sullivan & Worcester) represents clients that represent the future. From investment management, taxation, real estate, including sophisticated REIT and opportunity zone structures, to blockchain ventures and complex business transactions and related disputes, Sullivan’s nearly 200 attorneys in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC, guide organizations that are rewriting the rules. Sullivan’s clients, including Fortune 500 companies and emerging businesses, rely on Sullivan’s strategic vision, comfort with complexity and intense focus on results. ZAG / Sullivan & Worcester (formerly ZAG-S&W) — a joint venture between Israel-based Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co. and Sullivan & Worcester LLP — provides counsel to Israel-based companies and U.S. companies with Israeli interests on a variety of legal matters including access to capital markets, international tech IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and tax. For more information please visit

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