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BNA's Corporate Taxation Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed professionals from renown corporations, universities, and government entities. Below is a listing of our current board members.
Leonard L. Silverstein is the founder of Silverstein and Mullens, which later became part of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, nonprofit organizations, charitable contributions and representation before the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department.
Leonard serves as founder of the highly regarded Tax Management publication series. For the past 50 years, Tax Management has produced and maintained more than 500 portfolios, monthly journals and periodicals, providing tax professionals and advisors with a sophisticated analysis, application and interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code.
Before he founded his own firm with Richard A. Mullens in 1960, Leonard served as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and on the legal advisory staff of the Treasury Department. His long history of professional and community service includes roles on the Advisory Group of the House Ways and Means Committee in the late 1950s, as executive director of the "Filer" Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs, as a member of President-elect Nixon's Task Force on Taxes, President Reagan's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and as a member of the IRS Commissioner's (Lawrence Gibbs) Exempt Organizations Advisory Group.
Lisa M. Starczewski, Esq., Co-Chair; Counsel, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney; J.D., Villanova University School of Law, summa cum laude; B.A., Smith College, magna cum laude. Lisa Marie Starczewski is Counsel in the tax department at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Villanova Law Review (1987–88) and has practiced tax law with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. She has also taught in the LL.M program at Villanova University School of Law. Ms. Starczewski has authored more than 20 Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios in both the U.S. Income and Accounting series. She is also the author and co-author of numerous Bloomberg BNA Tax Practice Series chapters. She has received the Tax Management Distinguished Author Award and is co-chair of the following Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Advisory Boards: U.S. Income; Corporate Tax; Real Estate; Estates, Gifts & Trusts; Compensation Planning; U.S. International; and Transfer Pricing.
Jerald David August, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Herbert N. Beller, Esq., J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude; B.S.B.A., Northwestern University; Sutherland Partner, Washington, DC. Herb has practiced tax law in Washington for 45 years, focusing on corporate and other transactional tax planning, tax controversies, IRS National Office representations and exempt organization matters. He successfully guides clients through tax issues in connection with taxable and tax-free acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and other restructurings involving domestic and foreign entities; negotiates large case settlements with IRS Appeals Offices throughout the country; and litigates cases at the trial and appellate court levels. Herb came to Sutherland as a partner in 1998, and continues to practice with the firm since joining the tax faculty at Northwestern University School of Law in 2009. Among his many outside professional activities, Herb has served as Chair of the ABA Section of Taxation and as an appointed member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council. Euromoney has named Herb to its U.S. Best of the Best in the area of tax on two separate occasions; and he also has been ranked as a leading tax lawyer for several years by Chambers USA. Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Herb was an adjunct tax professor for many years at Georgetown University Law Center. He has written numerous articles on corporate tax and other tax subjects. Also a CPA, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. of the U.S. Tax Court.
Mark Boyer, Esq., LL.M. in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University; J.D. from American University Washington College of Law; B.A. from Randolph-Macon College; Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Washington, DC. Mark Boyer is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax group of the Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and leader of PwC’s U.S. and global network M&A Tax practices. In this role, he consults on public and private acquisitions, stock offerings, corporate restructurings, leveraged buyouts, and financing techniques. He also has specialized experience in bankruptcy tax issues and debt workouts. Mr. Boyer has more than 25 years of experience as an M&A tax professional, including work at the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate).
Glenn Carrington, CPA, Ernst & Young, Washington, DC; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law. Glenn R. Carrington is the National Tax Director for Client Services at Ernst & Young LLP, where he has served on the U. S. Executive Board. As National Tax Director for Client Services, Glenn primarily focuses on serving clients in the areas of corporate, tax accounting, and financial transactions. Additionally he spends time developing and implementing strategy for the E&Y tax practice with an emphasis on key accounts for the firm. He has a strong background in high-profile issues such as corporation reorganizations (including spin-offs), contingent liabilities, capitalization, intangibles, bankruptcies, and environmental remediation.
Steven D. Conlon, Esq., Katten Muchin & Zavis, Chicago, Illinois.
Peter J. Connors, Esq., Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff LLP, New York, New York. B.A., Catholic University; J.D., University of Richmond; LL.M (in Taxation), New York University School of Law. Peter Connors, a tax partner in the New York office, focuses his practice on cross-border transactions. He also has extensive experience in related areas of tax law, including asset securitization, financial transactions, corporate reorganizations, and private equity investments. A significant portion of his practice involves tax controversy, including representation of taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court. According to Chambers, he is "admired by peers for the strength of his activity in the field of cross-border transactions." Mr. Connors is the Regent for the Second Circuit of the American College of Tax Counsel. Before joining Orrick, Mr. Connors was a principal in the International Tax Services Group of Ernst & Young in New York.
Joseph M. Doloboff, Esq., Partner, Blank Rome LLP; J.D., Harvard Law School cum laude; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joseph M. Doloboff concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on tax law, and brings 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including working with clients in the high-technology, healthcare, communications, retail, and entertainment industries. Mr. Doloboff assists his clients with all forms of business transactions, including general business tax advice on mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions for corporations and partnerships; federal, state, and international tax planning and controversies; drafting of stock and asset purchase agreements, as well as partnership and LLC agreements, and executive compensation issues. He has significant experience in cross-border planning for maximum tax efficiencies, as well as extensive experience in all facets of transactional planning. Mr. Doloboff also is well-versed in the special challenges facing corporations with significant net operating losses.
James W. Forsythe, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Gregory M. Fowler, Esq., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Washington, DC.
David C. Garlock, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP; J.D., Harvard Law School (1979) cum laude; B.A. Mathematics, Harvard College (1975) magna cum laude. A 2015 adjunct professor at the Univerisy of Michigan School of Law, David C. Garlock is a principal in the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C., specializing in the taxation of financial products, including debt instruments and derivatives. He has been with Ernst & Young since 1995. Prior to that, he served as an attorney-advisor and as associate tax legislative counsel in the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy (1982 to 1986) and as a partner in a New York-based law firm (1986 to 1995). He is an adjunct professor of law in the Graduate Tax Program at the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as at Michigan Law School, and has lectured extensively at continuing professional education programs in his areas of expertise. Prof. Garlock is the principal author of a treatise entitled Federal Income Taxation of Debt Instruments, now published by CCH as a sixth edition, as well as numerous articles on the taxation of financial products. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section Committee on Financial Transactions.
Karen G. Gilbreath-Sowell, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP. Karen Gilbreath-Sowell is a principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department. Based in Washington, D.C., Karen serves as a co-leader of the Mergers and Acquisitions group and as the National Tax Director of Global Accounts. Karen was the US Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy from July 2007 to January 2009. She worked closely with the leadership of the Treasury Department during the financial crisis. She participated in the legislative process for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008, and played a leadership role in the expedited issuance of important guidance projects directed at economic stabilization. She was co-leader of the Treasury Department’s promulgation of standards for the executive compensation requirements of EESA. She received the Treasury Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contributions.
Stuart J. Goldring, Esq., Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; B.B.A., University of Michigan, 1979; J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1982; LL.M. (in Taxation), New York University School of Law. Stuart J. Goldring is a partner in the Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s global Tax practice and a nationally recognized authority on federal income tax matters involving financially troubled companies. He has extensive experience in advising debtors, creditors, potential acquirers, and investors in troubled companies, both within and outside of the bankruptcy context. Mr. Goldring also regularly advises on the structuring of acquisitions, dispositions, and other transactions involving corporations and multi-corporate groups.
Lafayette (Chip) G. Harter, III, Esq., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; J.D., University of Chicago Law School (1980); B.A., Harvard College (1977) magna cum laude. Chip Harter is a principal in the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Washington National Tax Practice. His practice focuses on advising multinational corporations and financial institutions on international tax planning and on tax issues arising with respect to financing transactions and financial instruments. As a senior technical review partner within PwC's national tax office, he participates in the review of the tax provisions of many financial institutions and multinational corporations. Mr. Harter joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999 after having practiced tax law with Baker & McKenzie for 18 years. From 1989 through 1994, he was an Adjunct Professor of Taxation in the Graduate Tax Program of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Richard M. Horwood, graduate of Colgate University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School; M.B.A., Financial Management, American University; LL.M., Taxation, George Washington University. Mr. Horwood is with the law firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. He has written extensively in legal journals and other trade publications and has lectured throughout the United States on various business, estate, and tax-related issues. Mr. Horwood is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is associated with numerous professional organizations, including the advisory boards of Tax Management, The Journal of Corporate Taxation, The Journal of Taxation of Investments, Personal Financial Planning, and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Mr. Horwood was formerly with the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC.
E. Daniel Leightman, Esq., Gardner Wynne Sewell LLP, Houston, Texas.
Ellen C. MacNeil, CPA; Andersen Tax; J.D. George Washington University Law School; B.S., Accounting, Finance, Drexel University. Ellen MacNeil is the Managing Director of Andersen Tax’s National Tax Office. She has over 30 years of experience in tax consulting for major U.S. businesses. Prior to joining Andersen Tax she was a partner with Deloitte and with Arthur Andersen in their national tax practices. Ellen has served on the Board of Directors of The Tax Council. She has also served as chair of the ABA Taxation Section’s Tax Accounting Committee and chair of the AICPA’s Tax Accounting Committee. She has chaired the ABA Taxation Section’s Committee on Government Submissions and has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the AICPA’s Tax Division.
Thomas W. Mahoney, Jr., Esq., Deloitte Tax LLP; J.D., Georgetown University School of Law; B.A., College of the Holy Cross.
Thomas J. Matragrano, J.D., Hofstra University School of Law; B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Matragrano is a member of the New York State Bar and Tax Section, New York State Bar Association. He was formerly Attorney/Advisor for the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.
Patricia Ann Metzer, Esq., Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer, LLP; University of Pennsylvania, Law School, cum laude; Graduate, University of Pennsylvania College for Women, with distinction. Patricia Ann Metzer, of counsel to Vacovec Mayotte & Singer, LLP, conducts a general tax practice, representing business entities, non-profits, individuals, estates and trusts in all areas of the tax law. She has broad experience in the structuring of business transactions, corporate liquidations and reorganizations, tax issues facing health care providers, the tax qualification of charities and retirement plans, post-mortem estate planning, deferred compensation and pension planning, and representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Francis A. Muracca, Esq., Jones Day; J.D., Duquesne University (1985); B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1981) cum laude. Fran Muracca's practice centers on advising entrepreneurs and middle market privately held business owners on a range of business structuring, transaction, tax, and disposition issues, including self-insured risk management and small insurer captives. He advises on the form of business entity and structure of business acquisitions and dispositions to minimize federal income tax consequences. In addition, he counsels affluent families on wealth preservation and integrated succession planning, including maximizing wealth through liquidity and diversification initiatives.
James T. O'Hara, Esq., Jones Day, Washington, DC.
Patricia W. Pellervo, Esq., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, San Francisco, California.
Robert D. Schachat, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP; LL.M., New York University School of Law; J.D., Columbia University School of Law; S.B., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bob leads the Real Estate Group in the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP in Washington, D.C. He consults with clients in all federal income tax aspects of real estate, including REIT, partnership, limited liability company and S corporation formations, acquisitions, like-kind exchanges, development, leases, financings, workouts, dispositions and liquidations. Bob’s experience also includes extensive involvement in the negotiation and drafting of all types of partnership agreements, LLC operating agreements, and corporate shareholder agreements. He also advises clients on a regular basis in monitoring federal legislative and regulatory activity in the real estate area.
Mark J. Silverman, Esq., Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, DC.
James Sowell, KMPG LLP, Washington, DC.
Steven M. Surdell, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP, Chicago, Illinois.
Robert H. Wellen, Esq.
James E. Wreggelsworth, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle, Washington.
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