State and Local Tax Controversy
While tax law came first at Chamberlain Hrdlicka and remains a core strength of our diversified practice, State and Local Tax (“SALT”) attorneys bring many years of SALT experience to the representation of their clients.
We represent a full range of clients from individual home owners to public and private multinational corporations for all facets of the, SALT controversy process. Our SALT attorneys substantive experience spans the full scope of SALT including: corporate income tax, capital stock tax, franchise tax, personal income tax, sales and use tax, realty transfer tax, bank taxes, insurance company taxes, utility taxes, gross receipts taxes (state or local), hotel taxes, fuel taxes, real estate tax assessment and real estate tax exemption.
At the state and local level our representation of clients includes audits, administrative appeals and judicial appeals, including state intermediate appellate courts, state Supreme courts and U.S. Supreme Court. This breadth of experience enables us to provide continuity of representation throughout the controversy process, ensuring the highest levels of sophistication and service that our clients need as well as the focus upon efficient case management and cost control that they should expect. Unlike firms that profess to handle "tax controversies," using general litigators and transactional tax lawyers to staff the occasional tax dispute, we maintain one of the most active and highly regarded SALT controversy and litigation practices in the United States, contemporaneously handling multiple cases at various stages of the controversy process. Our clients value this experience as well as the reputation and credibility it earns us with state and local taxing officials and state and local government lawyers throughout the United States Such experience not only enables us to anticipate from the early stages of the SALT controversy process issues and disputes that could arise during subsequent proceedings, but also to successfully resolve such disputes favorably through negotiated settlements.
Complementing our controversy practice is our equally sophisticated planning and transactional practice, which serves domestic and foreign multinational companies across a wide variety of industries, from apparel and tools to construction and energy and internet and technology.
In the area of SALT planning, our attorneys advise and assist Fortune 500 companies about SALT minimization, including
Additionally, we have extensive experience structuring and advising clients with respect to complex financial products and cross-border financial transactions, including hedging transactions and captive insurance arrangements.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka also is the sole United States law firm belonging to the International Tax Group ("ITG"), an elite group of international tax lawyers from five continents. The ITG meets regularly around the globe, where members exchange ideas and information about current tax issues and developments affecting multinational companies.
Our domestic tax planning spans the full range of Federal, state and local tax issues. Our practice ranges from traditional concerns, such as corporate, partnership, and joint venture planning to cutting-edge issues, such as the application of FIN 48 to complex transactions as well as administrative and judicial proceedings. We also have significant experience in specialized areas, such as:
Finally, we possess significant experience negotiating advance pricing agreements and submitting ruling requests to the IRS, and state and local government officials.
Our track record of achievement for our clients speaks for itself. Some of the featured matters .for which we were counsel follow. A more extensive list is available by visiting our web site.
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Chamberlain Hrdlicka instituted the Diversity and Attorney Development Committee, a cross section of our attorneys, in an effort to foster an inclusive environment among its attorneys and staff. The Firm has long embraced the enduring values of opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and a community of all. We further believe that the Firm, and more importantly, our clients will benefit from the many perspectives and talents of attorneys and staff from different backgrounds.
What does diversity mean to Chamberlain Hrdlicka?
Diversity is absolutely integral to Chamberlain Hrdlicka's vision, strategy, and continued success. It is part of the foundation of our law firm culture. Diversity makes Chamberlain Hrdlicka a better, stronger law firm and a better place to work. It enables us to better serve our diverse clients' needs and provide outstanding service to our clients and communities. And as a result, it makes it possible for us to deliver more value to our clients and the communities in which we live and practice.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka recognizes that by making diversity a competitive advantage, we can:
The Firm has set diversity policies and objectives, and measures success with:
Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Diversity Objectives
We have identified four strategic steps for becoming a more diverse law firm:
1. Executive management team takes responsibility for diversity.
We hold ourselves and others accountable. The Diversity and Attorney Development Committee makes recommendations to our Executive Committee and Practice Section Chairs, and helps ensure that our Firm is making measurable progress in:
2. Our associates participate in the Development and Mentoring Program in an effort to ensure that people from diverse backgrounds are in all levels of the Firm.
The Diversity and Attorney Development Committee in partnership with the Executive Committee and Recruiting Committee are accountable for attracting diverse candidates and for developing and retaining a diverse leadership pipeline. We want management to consider diverse candidates for every open position at the Firm. Chamberlain Hrdlicka has a plan for increasing diversity at the management level.
The American Bar Association has recognized that many female and ethnically diverse attorneys cite the lack of training, client interaction, and opportunities to work on meaningful projects as bases for leaving private law firm practice. As such, the Diversity and Attorney Development Committee has developed and instituted a comprehensive mentoring program to ensure that all associates benefit from equal opportunities to develop their legal skills, and that our clients, in turn, benefit from working with highly skilled associates.
Our diversity objectives will be achieved, in part, by instituting and acting upon policies to ensure that all of our team members have meaningful opportunities and resources for developing their skills and talents.
3. We have long-term relationships with diverse communities.
We use targeted marketing to build awareness of client services we tailor to respond to their needs. Some examples of our Firm's relationships with diverse communities include active participation at all levels in the following organizations:
4. We contribute to the diverse communities in which we live and work.
The Firm's charitable giving benefits diverse communities and we partner with many community-based groups. For example, our Firm's attorneys hold leadership positions, volunteer their time, and/or otherwise support the following diverse organizations:
Our Firm's attorneys hold leadership positions, volunteer their time, and/or otherwise support the following diverse organizations:
The Diversity and Attorney Development Committee makes recommendations to our Executive Committee and Practice Section Chairs, and helps ensure that our Firm is making measurable progress in: