Overview

Introduction

Sullivan & Worcester advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 175 lawyers in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC, the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Many of the firm’s client relationsh...

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Total No. Attorneys (2020)

150 - 250

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Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for Hours

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Base Salary

1st year: $180,000


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No. of U.S. Offices

3


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No. of International Offices

2


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Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (HQ)

Vault Verdict

Those hoping to land a spot at Sullivan & Worcester should expect a competitive recruiting process. The firm frequently hires from Boston-area schools but is open to all law schools, as long as the candidate has stellar academics and can show both a connection to Boston and is a fit with the firm’s culture. The firm is collaborative and boasts a pleasant atmosphere, including opportunities to socialize. Associates can expect frequent partner contact, and while some partners can be more difficult than others, on the whole, partners are respectful. Associates feel their hours are manageable, and while compensation isn’t quite at the top of the market, associates feel it is fair considering their work/life balance. Quality of work is a positive, and associates feel challenged...

About the Firm

Sullivan & Worcester advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 175 lawyers in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC, the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Many of the firm’s client relationships span more than 30 years across multiple generations.

From Israeli Tech to Blockchain Energy

Sullivan was founded in Boston in 1941 by two well-respected legal minds, Judge Sullivan and John Worcester (pronounced Wooster). The firm has three additional...

Associate Reviews


  • “Attorneys, both partners and associates, are very easy to get along with. It is very easy to knock on doors and ask questions.  The firm sponsors associate happy hours, though people tend to go home to their families rather than socialize after work.”
  • “[Sullivan] is extremely friendly and social. People socialize regularly on a department by department basis, often sponsored by the firm, and often not. This is less the case on a firmwide basis, but the firm and the associates committee in particular are making a renewed push to increase social aspects of our work life, with bagel breakfasts, monthly lunches, and happy hours. During the summer program, there are several activities outside of work per week, most of which are open to anyone who wants to participate.”
  • “Collegial—people are on the whole are very pleasant.”
  • “We have a collaborative culture. Associates frequently bounce ideas off each other and appreciate the different experiences and expertise that we each have. The Boston office hosts periodic bagel breakfasts for the associates in all departments. The Women's Initiative brings female partners, counsel, and associates together for events. Last year, for example, the firm sponsored a reception for all female attorneys in U.S. offices, coordinating travel for women in New York and DC to come to Boston. In the winter, the Women's Initiative facilitated a gift drive for a local women's shelter.”

Why Work Here


Getting Hired Here


  • “There is little preference to feeder schools, but the interview process is every bit as rigorous as any big-law firm.  Because the group is so tight knit, the candidate selection process is very thorough involving interaction with a variety of partners and associates for professional and personal fit.”
  • “The firm strongly values intelligence. [Sullivan] values whether a person will fit with our culture—there are many different personalities at the firm, but [Sullivan] looks for people who are likely to be collaborative colleagues and enthusiastic and responsible about their own work. [Sullivan] also values diversity. [Sullivan] considers whether candidates have a thoughtful reason for considering the firm and are likely to be here long term.”
  • “Our hiring process is highly competitive. We hire from multiple law schools, but primarily Harvard, Boston University and Boston College.  Almost all candidates are from the top of their class, have journal experience or other unique experiences that differentiate them from the rest of the pool of candidates.”