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Mayer Brown strengthens state and local tax capabilities with arrival of three-lawyer team in New York

1 May 2017
Mayer Brown announced today that a three-lawyer team led by partner Leah Samit Robinson has joined the firm in New York, significantly expanding its State & Local Tax (SALT) group and further strengthening its global tax capabilities.

The team previously practiced at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP in New York. Ms. Robinson is joined by counsel Amy Nogid and an associate.

“Leah and Amy are well-known in the SALT arena for their substantive precision and creativity, and are highly respected by the tax authorities,” said Jason Bazar, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. “They bring knowledge and experience, phenomenal connections with state and city officials, and an unbelievable amount of energy to the firm. Their skill set enhances our ability to thoughtfully advise clients on SALT matters, reinforcing Mayer Brown’s position as a global market leader providing the full spectrum of tax-related legal services.”

Ms. Robinson began her tax career with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in New York City, where she was part of the strategic trial attorney litigation team that handled the largest section 482 transfer pricing controversy in history. She then spent more than a decade in private practice, first at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and then at Eversheds Sutherland. Ms. Robinson is a member of several invitation-only advisory boards, including the New York City Department of Finance Commissioner’s Policy and Advisory Board and the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court. Since 2008, she has hosted a networking group for women in state tax that meets 10 times a year and will continue to meet, now at Mayer Brown’s New York office. Ms. Robinson was co-counsel in oft-cited decisions such as IBM Corp. v. Director, Division of Taxation and Pfizer Inc. v. Director, Division of Taxation. In fact, it was at the oral argument for Pfizer that Ms. Robinson and Ms. Nogid first met, forging a friendship that would eventually bring them to the same firm.

Ms. Nogid began her tax law career with the New York City Law Department, where she litigated a number of tax matters. She joined the SALT group at Morrison & Foerster, honing her skills there for more than 15 years working on dozens of state tax cases including the seminal Lanco, Inc. v. Dir., Div. of Taxation and Sherwin-Williams Co. v. Comm’r of Revenue. She eventually joined Ms. Robinson at Eversheds Sutherland in 2015.

“Leah and Amy have deep experience with tax controversies, having handled more than 20 cases. They’re as much a controversy practice as a transactional one,” said Brian Kittle, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Tax Controversy & Transfer Pricing practice. “Many of the federal issues we deal with become state controversies. Adding this SALT team bolsters the overall scope of our tax controversy capabilities. They will work closely with partner Paul DiSangro in Palo Alto and counsel Christine Cagnina in Charlotte to represent companies on various SALT transactional, advisory and controversy matters across all US regions.”

Richard Spehr, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office, said: “The arrival of Leah’s team adds a dynamic component to our growing New York office while enabling the firm to better provide top-notch SALT advice to companies operating here and across the US.”
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