April 18, 2007 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that Michael F. Solomon is joining the firm as a partner in the Tax Group. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Michael was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and previously was a partner in the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Washington National Tax Services office and a managing partner of the tax firm Ivins, Phillips & Barker in Washington, D.C.
"The breadth, international reach, depth of talent and blue-chip client roster of the Fenwick Tax Group impressed me," said Solomon. "I am delighted to be joining one of the pre-eminent tax practices in the country. Fenwick & West has an exceptional reputation in both tax planning and tax controversy work. We share a common enthusiasm for tackling the most complex tax issues, and the Fenwick Tax Group has my passion for client service."
Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in tax planning and associated business structuring for large U.S. and foreign multinational enterprises. He has also handled significant controversy and litigation matters in judicial and administrative forums at the state and federal levels. Michael teaches tax law as an Adjunct Professor at Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California at Berkeley and previously was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. He has also served as an expert witness in corporate tax and structuring matters that are in controversy.
"We are thrilled that Michael will be joining Fenwick's Tax Group, and believe he is a perfect addition to one of the top tax practices in the country," said tax group chair David Forst. "Michael's exceptional skills, sophisticated practice, and dedication to client service make him an ideal fit for us."
Fenwick & West has achieved a reputation as having one of the nation's leading domestic and international tax practices. The firm has represented 38 of the Fortune 100, and approximately 100 of the Fortune 500 companies in federal tax matters, including international tax planning, joint ventures and M&A. Fenwick & West was named one of only seven U.S. law firms in the first tier in tax by the World Tax Review (2007). Five Fenwick & West partners appear in Euromoney's 2007 survey of the World's Leading Tax Advisors: Jim Fuller, Ron Schrotenboer, Walter Raineri, Jennifer Fuller and David Forst. Fenwick & West LLP was recognized as "Tax Litigation Firm of the Year for the Americas," and also "Tax Firm of the Year for the San Francisco Bay Area" by International Tax Review at its annual Americas awards dinner in New York in September 2006.
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