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Sullivan Tax Litigator Argues Before SJC

Posted by Amy E. Sheridan on Feb 5, 2021 10:30:00 AM
On February 1, Richard Jones appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of Oracle USA, Inc. and Microsoft in the case of Oracle USA, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue.

The case, which the SJC transferred sua sponte from the Massachusetts Appeals Court, concerns taxpayers’ rights to apportion Massachusetts sales tax with respect to software purchased for use in multiple states. The case raises important issues concerning the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue’s authority, including whether it may promulgate substantive tax law and curtail taxpayers’ statutory abatement rights via regulation.

At oral argument Rich explained that the Massachusetts Constitution vests the Legislature with the exclusive authority to impose tax, and contends that the Commissioner has authority only to determine how, and not whether, sales tax from software sales may be apportioned. He further argued that the Commissioner’s regulation did not (and indeed, could not) abridge a taxpayer’s right to seek apportionment through the statutory abatement process.

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Associate Spotlight: Erika Todd 2021

Posted by Ojen Sirin on Feb 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Part of what makes Sullivan such a unique place is our people, so we'd like to introduce you to some of them in a series of posts. We asked associates around the firm why they chose Sullivan and how their experiences have been since joining us.

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Erika Todd received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013, and came to Sullivan as a lateral associate. Her practice includes complex, commercial and employment matters, and she is a member of the Art and Museum Law practice group. Erika is also a director of the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts, where she leads an annual mentoring program and coordinates other initiatives.

Why did you choose Sullivan?

I liked the fact that Sullivan combined the resources of a bigger firm, including an international presence, with the individual attention on associate development of a smaller firm. That balance makes Sullivan unique among the firms I considered.

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Topics: Office life, Recruiting

Sullivan Joins Talk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid Event

Posted by Amy E. Sheridan on Jan 29, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Sullivan attorneys Nate Koslof, Ryan Rosenblatt, Luke Breckenridge, Matthew Bailey, Jillian Friedmann, Rachel Gants and Brandon Schneider were pleased to participate in this year's Talk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid virtual event on January 27, 2021.

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Meet Sullivan's New First Year Associates

Posted by Ojen Sirin on Jan 27, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Sullivan is thrilled to welcome its four new First Year Associates to our Boston office. All four participated in our Summer Associate Program back in 2019 and officially started as First Years on January 19, 2021.

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Sullivan's Capital Markets Team Raises Over $5B in 2020

Posted by Amy E. Sheridan on Jan 25, 2021 1:15:00 PM

Sullivan's clients range from smaller reporting companies to Fortune 500 companies and cover such diverse industries as software, biotechnology, real estate, records management, big data, pharmaceuticals, defense, energy, telecommunications, senior living facility operations and hotels. In 2020, the firm represented companies and investment banks in 80 offerings, with gross proceeds totaling over $5 billion.

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Sullivan Launches 1L Diversity Transactional Program

Posted by Ojen Sirin on Jan 13, 2021 6:23:00 PM

We are proud to announce the launch of The Sullivan & Worcester 1L Diversity Transactional Summer Program. This program provides a unique opportunity to a talented first year law student interested in pursuing a long-term career as a transactional real estate or corporate attorney focusing primarily on real estate companies. This 1L Diversity Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to gain direct exposure to a Sullivan client’s in-house legal department as well as be a part of the company’s outside law firm. This will provide the 1L summer associate the opportunity to receive exposure to many facets of legal practice and see the full life cycle of a real estate or corporate transaction firsthand.

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Samuel Bombaugh Selected for BBA's Public Interest Leadership Program

Posted by Amy E. Sheridan on Jan 11, 2021 12:30:00 PM

We are very proud to announce that Corporate Associate Samuel Bombaugh was selected to be part of the Boston Bar Association's 2021 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP).

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What We're Looking Forward To in 2021

Posted by Ojen Sirin on Dec 29, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Part 2 of our Year-End Spotlight on Sullivan's community partners.

At Sullivan, we are proud to work with some of the most inspiring community organizations in the country. We have invited some of these organizations to take part in a year-end campaign to highlight their important work on the firm’s social media channels and the Life @ Sullivan blog. These posts feature quotes from the organizations' leadership and beneficiaries, focusing on what they have been grateful for in 2020 and what they are looking forward to in 2021.

Please follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more about these phenomenal organizations.

This week's blog focuses on What We're Looking Forward To:

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Topics: Pro Bono, Community, Gratitude

What We're Grateful For in 2020

Posted by Ojen Sirin on Dec 23, 2020 10:00:00 AM

At Sullivan, we are proud to work with some of the most inspiring community organizations in the country. We have invited some of these organizations to take part in a year-end campaign to highlight their important work on the firm’s social media channels and the Life @ Sullivan blog. These posts feature quotes from the organizations' leadership and beneficiaries, focusing on what they have been grateful for in 2020 and what they are looking forward to in 2021.

Please follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more about these phenomenal organizations.

This week's blog focuses on What We're Grateful For:

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Topics: Pro Bono, Community, Gratitude

Associate Spotlight: Elke Trilla

Posted by Amy E. Sheridan on Dec 14, 2020 10:20:00 AM

Part of what makes Sullivan such a unique place is our people, so we'd like to introduce you to some of them in a series of posts. We asked associates around the firm why they chose Sullivan and how their experiences have been since joining us.

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Topics: Office life, Recruiting

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