Fulbright’s Global Tax Practice Grows with Addition of Four Attorneys

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A group of accomplished tax lawyers is joining Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.’s global tax practice, enhancing Fulbright’s already formidable group of international tax practitioners.

The newest Fulbright lawyers include partners Andrius Kontrimas and Patrick O’Daniel and senior counsel Lisa Rossmiller and counsel Donna Harris. Kontrimas, Harris and Rossmiller will reside in the firm’s Houston office, and O’Daniel will reside in Austin. The group joins Fulbright from Jenkens & Gilchrist.

“For more than 80 years, Fulbright has been a go-to law firm for clients facing tax-sensitive issues,” said Steven B. Pfeiffer, Chair of Fulbright’s Executive Committee. “Today, with more than 70 tax practitioners assisting clients all over the globe, we continue to help solve clients’ global business challenges. This group is a great addition to our expanding tax practice.”

With more than 20 years’ experience, Kontrimas has advised international and U.S.clients on joint ventures, private equity transactions, global tax planning, international mergers and acquisitions, contested tax matters, private foundations and other exempt organizations.

Kontrimas earned his B.A. in economics from University of California, Berkeley in 1982 and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 1985.

“Fulbright offered a perfect fit for our group,” Kontrimas said. “We are experienced in helping companies with multinational operations find ways to structure and develop best methods when it comes to worldwide taxation and transfer pricing. Fulbright offered an expanded international platform from which to further assist businesses’ global expansions and existing international operations.”

Like Kontrimas, O’Daniel has similar experience advising companies on the formation, operation, acquisition, merger, combination, liquidation and disposition of partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. O’Daniel has also handled matters before the IRS, the Texas Comptroller and prepared cases for litigation in state and federal courts.

O’Daniel has served as clerk for Justice ClarenceThomas of the U.S.Supreme Court and the Hon. William Garwood of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. O’Daniel earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1992 where he was Grand Chancellor.

“This group has an outstanding reputation in advising clients on diverse tax matters,” said Jack Allender (pictured), head of Fulbright’s tax practice. “They bring a unique blend of experience that will enhance our international tax capabilities.”

Rossmiller has worked on general business, corporate and structural advice for international transactions; international employment related matters; global stock option plans; conflict of law; arbitration/litigation issues and tax issues. She earned her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992, her J.D. from University of Houston Law Center in 1994 and her LL.M. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1995.

Harris’ experience includes representing companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate governance and international transactions, including setting up international business operations.

Harris previously worked as in-house counsel for oil field drilling and service companies and a major transportation company. She earned her B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1979 and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1982.

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