Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
|Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP|
|No. of offices||7|
|No. of attorneys||422|
|Major practice areas||Investment Funds, Corporate, Energy & Environmental, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate, Tax|
|Key people||Mark D. Wasserman (Managing Partner)|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, rebranded to the abbreviated name of Sutherland, is an AmLaw 100 American law firm. Founded in 1924 by William Sutherland and Elbert Tuttle as Sutherland & Tuttle, the firm originally achieved national prominence on tax issues. Sutherland's practice extends throughout the United States and worldwide, and is focused on seven major practice areas: corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax. As of January 2011, the firm had approximately 422 attorneys.
- Currently represents AIG in an action against the federal government regarding the return of $306 million in taxes AIG paid in 2008.
- Advised Spectrum Brands, Inc., in its merger with Russell Hobbs Inc., to form a new global consumer products company with an estimated $3 billion in annual revenue. The new company will have a new home appliance business unit featuring a variety of well-known consumer brands, including George Foreman, Russell Hobbs, Black & Decker, Toastmaster and Littermaid.
- Counseled Altria Group Inc., New York-based parent of cigarette-maker Philip Morris, in its 2007 purchase of John Middleton Inc., a Pennsylvania cigar manufacturing company for $2.9 billion. Sutherland regular serves as tax counsel to Altria and its affiliated companies.
- Advised Resource Management Service LLC, a manager of forest investors, in the purchase of 5.1 million acres (21,000 km2) of forest land from International Paper Co. in 2006 for $5.1 billion.
- Legal counsel to battery company Rayovac Corp. in its acquisition of United Industries Corporation for $1.2 billion in stock, cash and debt assumption in 2005.
- Represented water treatment company US Filter Corp. in its $993 million sale by French-based Véolia Environnement SA to Siemens AG in 2004.
Notable partners and employees
- David Adelman – former partner, United States Ambassador to Singapore
- Alfred C. Aman, Jr. - former associate attorney, renowned professor of administrative law, author, and professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law
- George Bostick – former partner, Benefits Tax Counsel at the United States Department of the Treasury
- Carolyn Chiechi - former partner, judge on the United States Tax Court
- David A. Gross - former partner, United States Ambassador
- Jack Reed - former associate attorney, current United States Senator for Rhode Island
- Michael B. Thornton - former associate attorney, judge on the United States Tax Court
- Margaret Richardson - partner, former Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service
- Randolph W. Thrower - partner, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
- Elbert Tuttle - founder, and later the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- John H. Walsh - former associate director at the Securities and Exchange Commission