Faculty: Taxation LL.M.

Miami Law’s graduate tax faculty includes leading academics and practitioners who combine teaching with practical knowledge accumulated over years of experience at the most sophisticated levels of tax practice. They come to Miami Law to participate in the Tax program's "Tax Talks" to discusses the latest tax trends.

In addition, the faculty consists of full-time professors with substantial experience in private and public tax practice, and top local, national and international experts as adjunct professors.

FACULTY LISTING

John Anzivino is a Principal at Kaufman Rossin and leads the firm’s estate, trust, and exempt organizations practice. With more than 45 years of experience in the estate and trust field, he has advised a wide range of clients on complex estate and gift planning strategies.

Luis E. Arritola is the Internal Revenue Service's Appeals Team Manager (Domestic Income Tax) for South Florida and Ohio. He is a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Arritola's government service spans more than 40 years and has covered all areas of federal taxation.   

Matthew Berman is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Miami office. He has over 20 years of experience in the international tax arena, advising clients in the media, global retail, and shipping and cruise industries, as well as non-U.S. individuals and family offices.    

Professor William S. Blatt, Professor of Law, previously served as legislation counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress and teaches in the areas of taxation and legislation. 

James R. Border is the Principal in the Law Office of James R. Border, PA and former chief tax officer and global tax counsel for Carnival Corporation & Plc. His practice includes domestic and foreign direct taxes, inbound and outbound international tax, corporate structuring, and indirect taxes.

Christopher W. Boyett, Chair of Holland & Knight's Private Wealth Services Group, advises wealthy families throughout Florida on sophisticated estate planning strategies and options. 

Michael J. Bruno is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he focuses his practice on international inbound tax and outbound tax planning for companies and individuals.

Ricardo Escobar, Partner at Bofill Escobar Abogados in Santiago, Chile, has tax experience in the public and private sectors and was the Commissioner for the Chilean IRS from 2006-2010. 

Sergio Garcia-Pages, Sergio retired as Senior Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Large Business & Internal Division, South Florida in early 2020, after a 40-year career of public service. Shortly after retiring, Sergio went to work for the accounting firm of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, which became part of BDO USA LLC in February 2021.

Steven Hadjilogiou works in McDermott Will & Emery LLP with a primary focus on general international tax planning. 

Kevin Hennessey, a retired Partner of the Washington National Tax Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has authored numerous articles for leading tax publications.

Reed Hollander is a Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he is a litigator focusing in the area of state and local taxation.

Karen J. Lapekas (Lapekas Law, P.A) is board certified and focuses on tax litigation (U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court) and tax controversy (IRS and FL Dept. of Revenue). Formerly, she was a Senior Attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Bankruptcy Court).

Summer Ayers LePree is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group who advises clients on international restructurings, treaty planning techniques, and other international and domestic corporate and partnership tax matters.  

Charles H. Mercer, Jr.a Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Raleigh, has represented clients before North Carolina state and federal courts and administrative boards and commissions.  

Scott D. Michel is the President of Caplin & Drysdale and is internationally recognized for his extensive experience in handling matters arising from the U.S. government's recent crackdown on undeclared foreign accounts. 

Michelle M. Robles is an Associate Area Counsel for the Large Business & International Division at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Miami, Florida, with over 14 years of tax controversy and compliance experience.

Jeffrey L. Rubinger, is a Principal in Baker McKenzie's Tax Group and practices in the area of domestic and international taxation.

Jacques Sasseville works as consultant for the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the United Nations (DESA), where he worked as Inter-regional Adviser until his retirement at the end of 2019.

Mark Scott is an estate and trust services principal at Kaufman Rossin. He focuses on creating and implementing intricate estate and gift planning strategies, leveraging the applicable exclusion, for clients in various industries. In addition to developing estate plans, Mr. Scott provides clients with trust tax planning as well as estate and gift tax return examination services. 

Nichole D. Scott is a Partner at Holland & Knight. She develops and implements various structures for the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next.

William Sherman, a Partner and Chair of Holland & Knight's Tax Team, concentrates his practice in the area of domestic and international taxation. 

Andrew Solomon is Of Counsel and a Retired Partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Tax Group. He was for many years the global head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s tax practice, and devoted much of his career to tax-planning for cross-border mergers and acquisitions.  

Dana L. Trier is a retired Partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell's Tax Department. His practice was focused on financial transactions and products including convertibles and other complex corporate financial transactions, equity derivatives and structured finance.  Mr. Trier is the Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice in Miami Law's Tax LL.M. Program.

Christian Wimpissinger is a Partner with the international firm of Binder Grösswang. He specializes in the areas of cross-border restructuring of a multinational group, and public offers of various capital markets products.

Jennifer J. Wioncek is a Partner in the Tax Practice Group at Bilzin Sumberg. She practices mainly in the area of international taxation, with emphasis on trust and estate planning for ultra high net worth individuals.


SPECIALIZED COURSE: “Representing High Net Worth Individuals

This course is taught by these top practitioners:

Jennifer Wioncek, Bilzin Sumberg
Arthur Dichter, Berkowitz Pollack Brant
Seth Entin, Greenberg Traurig
Steward L. Kasner, Holland & Knight
Alan Lederman, Gunster
Gennette E. Faust, Greenberg Traurig
Christopher R. Callihan, Fox Rothschild

Scott M. Snyder, Fox Rothschild
Michael G. Pfeifer, Day Pitney
Leslie Share, Packman Neuwahl Rosenberg, P.A.
Hal Webb, Bilzin Sumberg
Robert Moore, Baker & McKenzie
Ruben Gotlieb, GrayRobinson
Todd Rosenberg,  Packman Neuwahl & Rosenberg, P.A.