Sullivan & Worcester Elects Four New Partners

Press Release
January 9, 2020

BOSTON and NEW YORK CITY – The international law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP today announced that three associates and one counsel have been promoted to partner.

"These four talented attorneys offer a diverse range of strengths to our firm and are representative of the dynamic, strategic thinking we deliver to clients," said Joel Carpenter, managing partner of Sullivan. "It gives me great pleasure to announce that they have advanced to partner at Sullivan."

Sharon Leifer (Boston) is a partner in the Real Estate Department. She focuses her practice in the area of commercial leasing, advising clients on all aspects of lease transactions, including lease negotiation, requests for proposals, letters of intent and brokerage agreements. Her clients include both landlord and tenant entities on a national basis. Sharon earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and is the President of the Westwood Community Chest. She is also a member of Westwood’s Professional Women’s Group.

Avinash Rao (Boston) is a partner in the Corporate Department where he represents public and private companies, including real estate investment trusts, and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, corporate finance and joint ventures. He also works with public companies in securities law compliance, disclosure and periodic reporting, stock exchange listing and corporate organization and governance matters. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law. Avinash was named a "Rising Star" by Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2018-2019 and a "Rising Star" by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2019. He recently served as the Clerk on the Executive Committee of The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.

Ron Ben-Bassat (New York City) is a partner in the Corporate Department where his practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, including the representation of private and public companies in various financing transactions, including private placements, IPOs and follow on public offerings. As part of his practice, Ron frequently advises Israeli and other international companies that seek to have their securities traded in the United States. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Natalie Lederman (New York City) is a partner in the Corporate Department, representing a diverse base of clients, including public and private companies, domestic and international, in a broad range of general business and finance matters with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, joint venture and financing transactions and governance. Additionally, she has unique experience in advising clients on legal and regulatory issues that arise in the fintech space, in facilitating token offerings and other token generation and distribution events, and in structuring and advising funds that carry out various blockchain applications and related projects. Natalie earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She was named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and a "Rising Star," New York Super Lawyers in 2019.

About Sullivan

Sullivan & Worcester (Sullivan) is a leading AmLaw 200 law firm. With over 200 attorneys in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC, Sullivan guides 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. As a global law firm, Sullivan’s reach extends beyond the United States. With international practices in the United Kingdom and Israel, Sullivan has represented clients around the world and has a deep bench for working on a variety of matters and issues affecting clients globally. 

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