Reed Smith Completes Acquisition of Dechert State Tax Team

Reed Smith continued the expansion of its state tax controversy practice with another addition from Dechert. 

The firm added Michael Jacobs as a partner in its Philadelphia office, where he joined his former Dechert colleagues Lee Zoeller, Kyle Solliw, David Kraus and Frank Gallo. The four attorney group moved over in late February and had said they expected to bring others along. 

In total, Reed Smith acquired 13 attorneys from Dechert, including eight associates. Two paralegals and five staff members also made the move to Reed Smith.

 The firm said it wanted to create a national state tax controversy practice, and now says it has the largest such practice in the country.Reed Smith added a group in California in 2005. 

“Mike’s election as our newest partner completes the transition of the entire Dechert state tax controversy practice and rounds out Reed Smith’s state tax controversy team,” Eugene Tillman, Reed Smith’s Director of Legal Personnel, said.  “We now offer our clients the highest quality, coast-to-coast, one-stop state tax controversy shop available for Fortune 500 companies.” 

–Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter 

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