Tax

Liskow & Lewis assists clients on both federal and Louisiana state and local tax matters.  In federal matters our attorneys have assisted in tax planning with regard to mergers and acquisitions, sophisticated financing transactions, and tax free reorganization transactions.  They also have advised clients regarding federal tax audits and in obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service with regard to various federal tax issues.

The firm has extensive experience in handling Louisiana state and parish tax matters relating to all of the state and local taxes levied in Louisiana.  For several years the tax section has assisted oil and gas exploration, production, pipeline, refining, and service entities, chemical and petrochemical companies on Louisiana tax matters for both planning and dispute resolution.  The section lawyers also assist clients including hospitals and other healthcare provider entities, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, banks, hotels and other entities in the tourist industry with matters such as sales and use taxes, ad valorem property taxes, occupancy taxes, corporate income and franchise taxes, and severance taxes.

The firm’s tax lawyers have worked with clients in handling state and local tax audits, in administrative appeals with both the Louisiana Department of Revenue and with the various parish and local taxing authorities, and with tax planning on the Louisiana aspects of multi-state business operations.  They also have assisted these clients with regard to both state and parish refund requests.

Four members of the firm’s tax section are Board Certified Tax Specialists as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

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Diversity

Liskow & Lewis is committed to enhancing the racial, cultural and gender diversity within our firm and our profession.  We believe that diversity makes us a stronger and more capable organization and that it enables us to better serve our clients in all practice areas.

We commit to investing the time and resources necessary to hire, mentor and retain lawyers of diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity efforts must not end with recruitment.  Members of our firm actively participate in several national and local organizations that promote diversity within our profession, including the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, National Bar Association, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Louisiana Bar Association’s Minority Involvement and Diversity Sections.

Our recruiting committee actively seeks students and attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Through our firm’s mentoring program and other diversity initiatives, we strive to assist our associates in developing skills that will help them grow professionally and rise to the highest levels of not only our firm but within our communities.

Liskow & Lewis supports an active diversity committee, co-chaired by New Orleans shareholder Todd Wallace.  The committee consists of shareholders and associates from each of our offices and devotes its time and energy to the professional growth of minority attorneys as well as the growth of a diverse client base.  Dana Douglas also currently serves as the firm's Minority Recruitment and Retention Partner so as to coordinate our ongoing efforts to seek out the best minority attorneys for possible positions within our firm, while insuring that those lawyers receive the appropriate professional mentoring and training as they develop their practice. 

However, today’s diversity initiatives are only the beginning at Liskow & Lewis.  We continue to explore new and more effective methods to recruit, hire and retain talented attorneys and staff members with diverse backgrounds.  These continuing efforts are an integral part of our mission to provide superior client services.

Recruiting

Liskow & Lewis regularly recruits top graduates from leading law schools in Louisiana, Texas and across the country, including those students who share our commitment to continuing the development of a diverse firm culture.

To accomplish this goal, we regularly participate in the LSBA Minority Job Fair and the Tulane Diversity Clerkship Program for summer associate positions.  The firm annually sponsors Southern University’s Law Review Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet.  In 2007, Liskow & Lewis is proud to once again sponsor the student breakfast for the Sunbelt Minority Job Fair in Dallas, Texas, one of the nation’s largest minority-oriented recruitment programs.

Early year, Liskow & Lewis hosts receptions in its various offices for minority law students from local law schools.  Working through the local BLSA, HLSA and APLSA student associations, these receptions provide unique opportunities for our attorneys to demonstrate our commitment to minority law students and diversity within the profession at the earliest phase of their careers.

Professional Development

While identifying and recruiting successful minority students and lawyers is critical to our diversity efforts, Liskow & Lewis believes that mentoring and assisting our young attorneys in their professional development is equally important.

Our Associate Training Committee meets monthly with associates to tackle various topics ranging from practical training to client development.  The firm’s Mentoring Program provides each young lawyer with additional guidance on how to meet the demands of their profession. Realizing that women attorneys and minorities may face unique challenges during their careers, the Diversity Committee and the Women’s Practice Development Group ensures that those lawyers receive the advice and assistance necessary to meet their professional development needs as well as those of their clients.

Through its attendance at such events as the annual American Conference Institute’s Law Firm Diversity Forum and the DRI’s Diversity for Success Seminar, Liskow & Lewis continues its commitment to identify and learn new methods of assisting our young lawyers.

Leadership

Liskow & Lewis’ commitment to retaining and fostering the development of a talented and diverse group of lawyers is reflected in its promotion of minority and women attorneys to leadership positions within the firm as well as its active involvement in organizations who share this firm’s commitment to diversity.  For example:

  • Marilyn Maloney recently served as the Managing Partner of the Houston office and as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
  • Cheryl Kornick heads the firm’s Technology Committee and is a former member of the governing Board of Directors.
  • Ms. Kornick and Marguerite Adams serve on the firm’s Paralegal Committee.
  • Randye Snyder chairs the firm’s Pension Committee.
  • Todd Wallace chairs the firm’s Recruiting and Hiring Committee.
  • Jana Grauberger chairs the Recruiting and Hiring Committee for the Houston office.
  • In fact, 10 minority and women lawyers currently serve on our Recruiting and Hiring Committee.
  • Dena Olivier serves on the Associate Training Committee having recently chaired this group.
  • Liskow & Lewis is a signatory to the Houston Bar Gender Initiative Commitment Statement.
  • Todd Wallace and Dana Douglas are currently working with members of the Louisiana Supreme Court and other leaders in the legal profession to develop a similar minority initiative program in the New Orleans area.
  • Mr. Jackson serves as the Director of the Ruby Bridges Foundation and has served on several national diversity-related groups, including the United States Vice President’s Inter-Agency Commission on Diversity. Mr. Jackson also is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • Ms. Maloney is president of the Louisiana State Law Institute. She has provided pro bono counsel for organizations including the Ulster Project, New Orleans and the Economics Institute of Loyola Law School of New Orleans.
  • Michael Rubenstein serves on the Anti-Defamation League’s Regional Advisory Board.
  • Ms. Grauberger serves on the Board of Directors of the Women's Energy Network of Houston.  She works as the organization's Special Events and Networking Director.
  • Ms. Douglas will serve as the 2006-2007 Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, whose primary goals include fundraising to provide legal assistance to the poor and underprivileged in the New Orleans area and increasing minority participation within the local bar association.  Ms. Douglas is also a former chair of the Minority Involvement Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
  • Mr. Wallace currently serves on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyer’s Section.
  • In 2005, Mr. Jackson and Ms. Douglas were featured in the New Orleans City Business 10th Anniversary Edition of Success Guide, an annual recognition of local minorities who are making a difference in our community.
  • Kelly Scalise serves as the Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyers Division and is a member of the FBA’s governing Board of Directors.
  • Leta Seletzky was recently appointed to the Houston Bar Association's Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession, Administration of Justice, and Law & the Media committees.

Diversity Contacts

For additional information on the continuing efforts of Liskow & Lewis to enhance the racial, cultural and gender diversity within our firm and our profession, please contact:

Mr. Todd Wallace                                            
Chair of Recruiting and Hiring Committee           
[email protected]                                     

Ms. Dana Douglas
Minority Recruitment & Retention Partner
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New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone (504) 581-7979
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