U.S. International Advisory Board

BNA's U.S. International Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed professionals from renown corporations, universities, and government entities. Below is a listing of our current board members.

Leonard Silverstein
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.

Richard E. Andersen, Esq., WilmerHale’s principal international tax lawyer, with more than three decades of experience providing solutions to the global tax challenges faced by international investors and multinational companies. Drawing on his background in the M&A, finance, investment fund and real estate sectors, he assists individual, family, corporate and institutional clients—worldwide and across all industries—with their compliance obligations, and develops effective and practical responses to their cross-border structuring and operational needs and opportunities. As US and overseas businesses and investors “go global” sooner and more often than ever before, his advice helps avoid pitfalls and secure tax planning benefits around the world. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of New York University (LL.M., Taxation, 1987), Columbia Law School (J.D., 1981), Columbia University (B.A., 1978, magna cum laude).

Thomas S. Bissell, CPA, JD, LLM, B.A., Harvard College (1964); LL.B., Columbia Law School (1967); LL.M. in taxation, New York University (1971); Member, New York Bar; Certified Public Accountant, State of New Jersey; Thomas S. Bissell, Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, is a highly renowned international tax author and expert whose experience and background is in both international law and accounting firms. Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida; member of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management U.S. International Advisory Board and  American Bar Association; and former Attorney-Advisor, Office of International Tax Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department, Washington, D.C.; retired tax partner, Coopers & Lybrand LLP (a predecessor firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). He is the author of numerous articles in professional tax publications.

Kimberly S. Blanchard, Esq., B.A., Dartmouth College (1976); M.S., University of Wisconsin (1978); J.D., New York University School of Law (1981); Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY.  Kim Blanchard is a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits department whose practice encompasses a variety of largely international transactions involving corporate acquisitions and mergers, internal restructurings, business formations and joint ventures. Ms. Blanchard also advises domestic, foreign and multinational clients in connection with venture capital investment and fund formation, partnerships, real estate, executive compensation and exempt organization issues. 

Peter H. Blessing, Esq., Princeton University (A.B., 1973); Columbia University (J.D., 1977); New York University (LL.M., 1981); Head of Cross-Border Corporate Transactions, KPMG LLP.  Blessing has received numerous accolades and recognitions from both peers and clients during the course of his career. He is ranked highly in various surveys, including "Best Lawyers of America 2012," Euromoney's "Best of the Best USA 2012" and Chambers and Tax Directors' Handbook. Blessing is the editor of Kluwer's recently published two-volume set Tax Planning for International Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, and Restructurings.  Blessing is a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and the Executive Committee of IFA USA Branch. He is active in various other professional organizations as well, having held leadership roles in a number of them (including his position as former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

Nathan Boidman, Esq., B. Com., McGill University, 1962; B.C.L., LL.B., McGill University 1980; International Tax Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Montreal, Quebec; Member Bar of Quebec (and CA, Ontario, and FCA, Quebec); Executive Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), 1998–2004; past president & member of council, Canadian IFA Branch; past governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation; Joint Committee of Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants; lectures and writes regularly on international tax matters; author, originator/co-editor of "Canada-U.S. Tax Practice," Tax Management International Journal (BNA, Washington); originator/coordinator of "International Mergers & Acquisitions: A Forum For Discussion," Tax Notes International (Tax Analysts–Washington).

Herman B. Bouma, Esq., J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law (1979) with honors; B.A., Philosophy and Mathematics, Calvin College, (1972); Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Washington, DC.  Senior Tax Counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Herman B. Bouma has over 35 years of experience in the area of U.S. taxation of income earned in international operations. Over his career, his work has fallen into four general areas: legislative, regulatory, transactional, and audit and litigation.  Herm has assisted major U.S. firms and financial institutions with tax planning and analysis, advising on such matters as the structuring of multibillion-dollar international financial transactions, the creditability of foreign taxes, Subpart F, transfer pricing, foreign acquisitions, reorganizations, and restructurings, and compliance with reporting requirements. He has met on behalf of clients with members and staff of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation, and with the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy), the International Tax Counsel, and the IRS Associate Chief Counsel (International). Herm was an advisor to the taxpayer in Exxon Corporation v. Commissioner, 113 T.C. 338 (1999) (creditability of the U.K. Petroleum Revenue Tax under sections 901/903), and to the taxpayer in The Coca-Cola Company v. Commissioner, 106 T.C. 1 (1996) (computation of combined taxable income for a possession product under section 936).

Martin J. Collins, Partner, International Tax Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; University Degree in economics, Master Degree in tax law, University of Baltimore. Martin Collins is a Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in International Tax Services. Prior to joining PWC, he was a partner with McDermott Will and Emory.

Bruce N. Davis, Esq., Partner, White & Case; B.A., University of Virginia (high honors 1980, Phi Beta Kappa); J.D., Harvard Law School (1983); LL.M. (in taxation), Southern Methodist University (1987).  Bruce N. Davis is the Former Chairman, Subcommittee on §§338, 367 and 1491, Committee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, American Bar Association; Principal Special Assistant to the Associate Chief Counsel (International), Internal Revenue Service (1988-1991); member of board of advisors of various international tax publications, and frequent speaker and writer on international tax issues. Most recently he was a partner with the law firm of White & Case LLP.

Michael A. DiFronzo, Esq., Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Washington, DC; LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law; J.D., University of Montana School of Law; B.S., Accounting, Montana State University.  Michael A. DiFronzo serves as a Principal in the Washington National Tax Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  In that role, Mr. DiFronzo serves as a global resource for the firm’s international tax practice.  His practice includes all aspects of international taxation, with a particular focus on international mergers, acquisitions and restructurings and the U.S. anti-deferral rules.  He also works closely with U.S. and non-U.S. based multinationals on cross-border financing, cash repatriation and other planning issues.

D. Kevin Dolan, Esq., Partner, Sherman & Sterling. B.A., University of Virginia; J.D., University of Michigan; D. Kevin Dolan joined Shearman & Sterling’s Washington, D.C. office as Counsel in March 2009 and is a member of the firm’s Tax Group.  Prior to his retirement in January 2009, Mr. Dolan was Senior Vice President, Tax Policy and Product Development for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. and the firm’s General Tax Counsel. In addition to oversight of the firm’s Global Tax function, he organized, and chaired for many years, the firm’s structured product control committee.

Alan Fischl, Esq., Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; J.D., Harvard Law School (1980) cum laude; A.B., Brandeis University (1977) magna cum laude.  Alan is an International Tax Services Principal with PwC’s Washington National Tax Services office. He consults with the firm's practice offices and clients on international tax issues arising in complex transactions, tax planning and controversies with the IRS. Alan has also served as leader of the Washington National Tax Services Energy and Mining Industry practice. Alan has broad experience in international and federal tax matters, including foreign tax credit and related expense allocation issues, issues arising in international mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations and tax treaty issues. He represents clients before the IRS, Treasury and the Congressional tax-writing committees.

Peter A. Glicklich, Esq., Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP; J.D., Harvard Law School (1981) cum laude; B.A., Unviersity of Wisconsin-Madison (1977) highest honors.  Peter Glicklich is the Managing Partner of the Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP's New York office and a partner in its Taxation practice. For over 25 years, he has counseled North American and foreign-based multinationals and other institutions on their international and corporate tax concerns.  Peter concentrates his practice in the taxation of corporate and international transactions. He advises public and closely held corporations and REITs in connection with their mergers and acquisitions, cross-border financings, restructurings, reorganizations, spinoffs and intercompany pricing. Peter has advised entities in diverse fields, including real estate, infrastructure, finance, retail, manufacturing, mining, biotechnology, service software, transportation, telecommunications, beverages and pharmaceuticals. 

Sanford H. Goldberg, Esq., Roberts & Holland LLP, New York, NY.

Alan W. Granwell, Esq., Sharp Partners P.A.;  LL.M., New York University School of Law (1976); LL.M., Taxation, Boston University School of Law (1969); J.D., Boston University School of Law (1968); A.B., Middlebury College (1965).  Alan Granwell has practiced in the area of international taxation for over 40 years. He is of counsel to Sharp Partners PA, resident in their Washington, DC office. Mr. Granwell’s practice encompasses representing multinational corporations on cross-border planning, to include acquisitions, dispositions and business restructurings, IP migrations, services arrangements, repatriation planning, international insurance, international transportation, cross-border leasing, transfer pricing and the use of bilateral tax treaties. He also advises high-net-worth individuals on cross-border tax planning and structuring, to include foreign persons becoming U.S. persons and U.S. persons moving offshore or expatriating.

William D. Hawkins, III., The Coca-Cola Company.

Stephen R. LaSala, Esq., former General Tax Counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation, Dallas, TX.

Patricia R. Lesser, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC;  M.C.L., The George Washington University (1979); D.E.S.S., European Community law, University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne (1977); Licence en Droit, Maitrise en Droit, University of Paris II, Assas-Sorbonne (1975).  A Senior Tax Counsel with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC with experience in foreign legal concepts and practices, Patricia R. Lesser focuses her practice on foreign and international law, where she advises clients concerned with multinational tax issues, including foreign legal and regulatory developments. Through a network of distinguished lawyers and accountants in major countries around the world, she monitors developments in tax and other business-law areas.  Patricia is trilingual in English, French and Spanish, and proficient in Italian. With her language skills and experience with foreign legal concepts and terms of art, she is frequently asked to provide authoritative translations of legal documents of all kinds. In addition, she edits Tax Management publications on foreign legal and regulatory issues.

Leonard Levin, Esq., O'Connor Davies LLP; M.C.L., International Law, University of Chicago; J.D., Law, University of Chicago; B.A., History, University of Chicago.  Leonard D. Levin is a Partner with O’Connor Davies LLP and has more than 30 years of international and domestic tax experience, including international mergers, acquisitions and securitizations.  Prior to joining O'Connor Davies, Leonard worked in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS and served as Chief Tax Officer of North American Operations for large multinational corporations. He has considerable experience handling cross-border tax issues, including structuring global operations, transfer pricing, and tax audits.

Timothy J. McCormally, Esq., Tax Executives Institute, Inc., Washington, DC.

Michael J. Miller, Esq., Roberts & Holland LLP; J.D., New York University; B.A., Columbia College, cum laude.  A Partner with Roberts & Holland LLP, Michael J. Miller has provided U.S. tax advice to domestic and international clients for more than 20 years. Working with foreign clients, he has structured inbound U.S. investments and operations to avoid the creation of a U.S. permanent establishment and developed structures designed to take advantage of U.S. income tax treaties, the withholding tax exemption for portfolio interest, and other special rules for minimizing U.S. tax. This includes consideration of various anti-abuse rules, such as earnings-stripping limitations and restrictions on the ability to engage in treaty shopping or earn income through hybrid entities. He has worked with U.S. multinationals to structure their foreign investments and operations so as to minimize the impact of certain restrictions on outbound transfers and anti-deferral rules applicable to shareholders of controlled foreign corporations and passive foreign investment companies, as well as maximize the utilization of foreign tax credits. Michael is an editor of the International column for the Journal of Taxation, and a member of the Advisory Boards of the International Tax Journal and the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management International Journal. He has co-authored two Bloomberg BNA Portfolios: Income Tax Treaties - The Limitation on Benefits Article and U.S. Taxation of International Shipping and Air Transport Activities.

Philip D. Morrison, Esq., McDermott Will & Emery LLP; A.B., Princeton University (high honors graduate); J.D., Harvard Law School (honors graduate).  Philip D. Morrison is a counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Washington, D.C., office.  He focuses his practice on international tax, including inbound and outbound planning, treaty issues, transfer pricing, and controversy work.  Phil has over 30 years of experience as a tax lawyer.  He recently retired as a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP where he led Deloitte's U.S. international tax quality control effort.  In that position he provided tax planning and compliance advice to international tax practitioners, directed training on international tax issues and acted as a liaison with the federal government.

Fred F. Murray, Esq., B.A., Rice University; J.D. University of Texas at Austin. Fred Murray is an attorney (District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, and Texas (Board Certified in Tax Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization), and various federal courts) and C.P.A (Maryland and Texas). He is currently Last Retiring Chair of the Administrative Practice Committee and Chair of the Competent Authority and Tax Treaties Subcommittee of the US Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties Committee of the ABA Tax Section. His experience includes public law and accounting practice, government service as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and as Special Counsel to the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, as well as service as Vice President for Tax Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council and General Counsel and Director of Tax Affairs at the Tax Executives Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (formerly the Commissioner’s Advisory Group), and former Advisor to the International Tax Working Group of the United States Senate Finance Committee. Mr. Murray serves as an adjunct member of the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches courses on international taxation and accounting for income taxes, Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, and other issues for corporate tax advisors. He also lectures at the New York University School of Law. Previously, Fred Murray was also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, and the University of Houston Law Center. Grant Thornton LLP, Washington, D.C. Murray is currently Managing Director of Tax Practice Policy and Quality Grant Thornton LLP, U.S. member of Grant Thornton International Ltd.

Stephen A. Nauheim, Esq., PricewterhouseCoopers LLP; B.S., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill); J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; LL.M. (Taxation), George Washington University School of Law.  Steve Nauheim is a Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specializes in U.S.taxation of cross-border income, with particular emphasis on foreign multinationals investing in the United States, investment funds, and foreign investment in U.S. real estate.  Prior to joining Pwc in 1996, Steve was a founding Partner with Anderson, Hibey, Nauheim, and Blair, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that grew from 5 to 22 attorneys and specialized in tax, corporate, litigation, and legislative and regulatory policy issues. From 1971-1981, Steve was a Tax Partner with Surrey and Morse, a firm that is now part of Jones Day.

David L. Paul, Esq., American Honda Motor Company, Inc.; LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law (1984); J.D.; Duke University School of Law (1983); B.A., Anthropology, Brown University (1978).  David Paul has been Chief Tax Counsel at American Honda Motor Company for the past 23 years. There he heads the Tax and Trade Services Group in Honda’s North American Headquarters. Prior to joining Honda, Mr. Paul was an attorney with K&L Gates as well as an Attorney with the U.S. Treasury.  

Gary D. Sprague, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP, Palo Alto, CA.

Dirk J.J. Suringa, Esq., Covington & Buling LLP, Washington, DC.

Edward Tanenbaum, Esq., Alston & Bird LLP, New York, NY.

Carol P. Tello, Esq., Sutherland. B.A., College of William and Mary, J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, and M.L.T., Georgetown University Law Center. Lecturer on international tax topics; author of numerous articles on international taxation; member of the Tax Management Foreign Income Advisory Board; member, U.S. Branch Council, International Fiscal Association and Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers and U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties Subcommittees of the ABA Section of Taxation; former attorney-advisor, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) and Technical Advisor to the Assistant Commissioner (International).

Leonard B. Terr, Esq., Baker & McKenzie LLP, Washington, DC.

James J. Tobin, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY.

Robert E. Ward, Esq.   B.A., Northwestern University (1975); J.D., University of Santa Clara School of Law (1980);  LL.M., Taxation, Boston University School of Law, (1981).  Member, Washington, California, and Maryland State Bar Associations.  Licensed Practitioner of Foreign Law by Law Society of British Columbia.  Founding principal Ward Chisholm, P.C., Bethesda, MD and Vancouver, BC.  Adjunct faculty member Golden Gate University, Seattle, WA (1981-1982); University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD (1988); George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA (1986 - 2015).  Author of over twenty articles appearing in numerous tax periodicals.  Practice focuses on advising owners of privately held business on integrated cross-border tax, business, estate, and asset-protection planning.

John P. Warner, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. B.A., George Washington University (1971); J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law (1977); member, American Bar Association Section on Taxation; admitted to practice, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States Supreme Court.

Lowell D. Yoder, Esq., McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago, IL.