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Tax Counsel to Global Food Service Equipment Manufacturer

Counsel to global food service equipment manufacturer for annual tax credits, IRS and State tax representations resulting in more than $40MM in tax benefits, including research tax credit and state job growth and retention tax benefits.

Regina Goyette Staudacher

Tax Counsel to Global Food Service and Uniform Supplier

Counsel to global food service and uniform supplier for research tax credit management and IRS representation resulting in more than $20MM in tax refunds and annual tax benefits.

Regina Goyette Staudacher

Property Tax Disputes

Lead or co-counsel in several property tax disputes in the Michigan Tax Tribunal and appellate courts involving disputes with tax dollars at issue ranging from $10,000 to over $40MM.

Brad Knickerbocker

Tax Planning for Mergers & Acquisitions Transactions

Represented numerous private entities in tax planning for domestic and international M&A transactions.

Nolan A. Yaldo

Counsel for Acquisitions in Chicago Opportunity Zones

Counsel to regional developer in acquisition, development, and financing of multiple mixed-use buildings in Chicago Opportunity Zones.

Leo G. Aubel

$7.5MM Settlement for TIFA

Represented a Tax Increment Finance Authority entity ("TIFA") where we obtained a $7.5MM settlement in a complex litigation matter were TIFA alleged that 25 years of payments made pursuant to a signed agreement should be returned as they were made without authority under the alleged contract.

Michael Wais

Case of First Impression – Statutory Interpretation Involving Personal Residence Exemption

Lead attorney and successful in a case of first impression in the Michigan Court of Appeals that involved a challenge to the Michigan Treasury's long-standing interpretation of a statute requiring the Treasury to exercise discretion in waiving penalties and interest when a written request to rescind a Personal Residence Exemption is made, but not acted upon by the local assessor. Denton v. Dep't. of Treasury, 317 Mich. App. 303, 894 N.W.2d 694 (2016)

Brad Knickerbocker

Redevelopment Agreement Not Violated

Successfully resolved a breach of contract and fraud case brought by an Illinois municipality against our client, a nationally known manufacturer. The municipality asserted that the client's successful property tax protests had violated a redevelopment agreement the parties had entered into in connection with the municipality's creation of a Tax Increment Financing District encompassing the client's manufacturing facility.

Jeff Sorenson

Counsel on Mixed-Use Development

Lead negotiation and drafting of documentation for $5.4 MM mixed-use development involving historic tax credits, including entity formation in compliance with tax safe-harbor, land acquisition, financing, and construction contracts.

Dennis E. Merkley

Representation of Agricultural Cooperative

Successfully represented a local member agricultural cooperative in a corporate governance/membership dispute with a large regional agricultural supply cooperative operating in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada.

Jeff Sorenson