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 "Under the Palms" Speaker Series in which Director Patricia A. Brown discusses the latest tax trends with them and U.S. and European tax experts.
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.
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 35 years and has covered all areas of federal taxation, including international and estate and gift taxes.
James Barrett, Chair of the Baker & McKenzie's Miami Tax Department has extensive experience in the areas of general tax planning and global tax minimization.
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.
Christopher W. Boyett, Chair of Holland & Knight's Private Wealth Services Group, advises wealthy families throughout Florida on sophisticated estate planning strategies and options.
Patricia A. Brown, Director of the Taxation LL.M. and Taxation of Cross-Border Investment LL.M. Programs, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of international taxation. She is best known for overseeing and coordinating the U.S. tax treaty program as the Treasury Department's Deputy International Tax Counsel (Treaty Affairs).
Michael J. Bruno is a Senior Tax Associate 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, Senior Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Large Business & Internal Division, South Florida.
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.
Professor Frances R. Hill, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar for the Profession, teaches and writes in the areas of federal income tax, constitutional law, and election law.
Reed Hollander is a Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he focuses in the area of state and local taxation.
Professor Stanley Langbein, Professor of Law, served as law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and as attorney/advisor in the Office of International Tax Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
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.
William Lu is a retired Partner and member of the tax department in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. His practice covers tax related issues in financial products and various international 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.
William H. Newton, III is a counselor and advisor to law firms, accounting firms, and international trust companies regarding international tax and estate planning matters.
Professor Thomas A. Robinson, Professor of Law, has taught courses in estate planning, estate and gift taxation, corporate taxation, future interests, legal accounting and commercial law.
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.
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.
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.
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