We handle clients' tax issues anywhere in the world. In the United States, we provide sophisticated and creative tax and business planning advice and dispute resolution representation on all federal, state and local matters. Our clients choose us because we offer one-stop shopping, from assistance with structuring complex transactions to defending positions before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States Tax Court and federal and state courts. We also provide a number of cross-border services delivered through international sector teams and practice groups. To learn more, visit our services page.
What led you to practice in your practice group?
I started focusing on international tax because I wanted to work on the cross-border business transactions people read about when they pick up the Wall Street Journal. I quickly learned that my international tax practice is much broader than helping multinational corporations with their tax minimalization. Here in Miami, my international tax practice encompasses planning for a wide spectrum of businesses and individuals. In addition to assisting closely held businesses with cross-border investments in United States real estate, the purchase and sale of operating businesses and the use of bilateral tax treaties, I've assisted individuals with cross-border estate planning, pre-immigration tax planning, and representation before the IRS. In my practice, I am confident that I will consistently be challenged and rewarded by helping clients navigate the scope and complexity of international tax.
What do you enjoy most about practicing in your practice group?
I enjoy the variety and the dynamic nature of the work, which allows me to be learning constantly. I cannot say that I have ever been bored with my work. I also appreciate knowing that I give people peace of mind by helping them plan for future life events.
What do you wish you would have known when you first started practicing?
I wish I would have understood that the tax code and the law of trusts and estates is not something that can be mastered in a day or even a year. As a young associate, one should realize that becoming a successful lawyer is a process and that a career involves a lifetime of learning.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your practice in the last two years?
With access to so many interesting clients, the challenge has been to select in which direction I wanted to build my practice. In other words, DLA Piper’s global platform produces so many amazing opportunities that it is hard to choose, but I suppose that is a good problem to have.