Sutherland Announces Four New Tax Practice Partners

Atlanta and Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2010)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces the election of four new partners from the Firm's Tax Practice Group effective January 1, 2010. “Each of these attorneys has made significant contributions to our clients and to the firm,” said Sutherland’s Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman, "and we are honored to have them as partners."

The following attorneys have been elected partner:

Michele Borens assists clients with all areas of multistate tax planning and controversy matters. She represents Fortune 100 companies in many of the critical state and local tax issues facing businesses today, and has developed extensive experience in attributional nexus and the taxation of internet businesses, income tax apportionment issues, and Maryland/Virginia/Washington, D.C., tax issues. Michele resides in the Washington, D.C., office.

Mary E. Monahan represents taxpayers in complex federal tax audit and litigation matters. She has represented some of the nation’s largest taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court in a wide variety of substantive areas, most recently including interest on federal taxes, the alternative minimum tax, insurance company issues, and the research tax credit. She has also worked with multinational corporations on tax planning, focusing particularly on complex procedural issues, tax accounting, and income recognition. Mary resides in the Washington, D.C., office.

Robert J. Neis advises Fortune 25 to Fortune 200 companies on executive compensation arrangements and qualified retirement plan design, amendment and compliance. He also represents clients on employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions and in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor. Rob resides in the Atlanta office.

Marc A. Simonetti represents clients in all areas of multistate tax planning, litigation, and legislative analysis. He has developed a national reputation advising clients on the financial statement impact of state tax issues (including the requirements of FIN 48 and FAS 5) and assisting clients with New Jersey and New York state tax controversies. Marc resides in the New York office.