Maria S. Stefanis: Lawyer with Williams Mullen

Maria S. Stefanis

Norfolk,  VA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax Law
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • State & Local Tax
  • Tax Controversy
Contact InfoTelephone: 757.629.0664
Fax: 757.629.0660
University University of Kentucky, B.S., 1978
Law SchoolCollege of William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 1991
Admitted1991, Virginia
BornLexington, Kentucky, March 27, 1956

Always seeking the most tax-efficient option, Maria Stefanis helps corporations, partnerships, tax-exempt organizations and executives structure transactions.

She helps clients comply with tax laws in connection with federal and state income tax issues, executive compensation, and ERISA and benefit-related matters for private and publicly-held corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Maria has extensive experience in designing and implementing nonqualified deferred compensation plans and equity plans. She has assisted clients with the compliance aspects of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. She has been part of client service teams involved in the planning and execution of acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.

Maria has also represented several clients before the National Office of the IRS in obtaining private letter rulings on their behalf and before the Department of Labor in obtaining advisory opinion letters.

Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Maria was a partner with Hofheimer Nusbaum, P.C., which merged with Williams Mullen in 2004. Prior to her tenure at Hofheimer Nusbaum, P.C., she was a principal at the National Tax Group of Arthur Young (Ernst & Young) in Washington, D.C. Maria was an adjunct faculty member in the masters of taxation program at Old Dominion University where she taught a course on deferred compensation.

For clients looking for a business-minded advisor to assist with structuring transactions in a tax-efficient manner, Maria can be a great asset. She has helped clients structure like-kind exchanges of real estate, negotiated workouts in a manner designed to minimize cancellation of indebtedness income, assisted with purchases and sales of businesses so that they are structured in a tax-efficient manner, and advised tax-exempt organizations regarding structure and obtaining tax-exemption.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Hampton Roads Tax Forum - Past President

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association

Organization of Women in International Trade, Hampton Roads Chapter - Founder, Board of Directors, Past President

Virginia State Bar

Awards & Honors

The Best Lawyers in America - Tax Law

Virginia Business magazine "Legal Elite"

Community Involvement

· Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral - Parish Council Member, Treasurer, 2009 Greek Festival Chair

· Leadership Hampton Roads

· Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation - Past Board of Directors

· Norfolk Botanical Gardens - Finance Committee, Board of Trustees

· Old Dominion University - Adjunct Faculty, Masters of Taxation Program

· VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads - Board of Directors

· Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey - Finance Committee, Metropolitan's Council

· Hampton Roads Tax Forum - Past president


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Office Information

Maria S. Stefanis

999 Waterside Drive
NorfolkVA 23510-3300


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