Miller & Chevalier has added two tax partners, one in Washington and one in its newly launched Palo Alto, Calif. office.
Stephen Gertzman joins the firm from Ernst & Young. Robert Kirschenbaum, who will be based in Palo Alto, joins the Miller & Chevalier from Baker & McKenzie. Both Gertzman and Kirschenbaum started work at Miller & Chevalier today.
At Ernst & Young, Gertzman was a partner and national director of federal tax accounting and director of the accounting methods and inventories group in the tax department. His practice focuses on tax accounting issues in virtually every major sector of the economy. Before joining Ernst & Young in 1998, Gertzman was a partner in Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan’s Atlanta office.
Gertzman said he decided to join Miller & Chevalier because of Ernst & Young’s mandatory retirement policy. Gertzman, 63, had to get special allowances each year to stay at the accounting firm past age 60. “This is a great opportunity not only to join a firm with the reputation for tax work that Miller & Chevalier has, but also to get back into handling matters all the way through litigation without handing them off to an outside law firm,” Gertzman said.
Gertzman said some of his clients will be joining him at Miller & Chevalier, but he declined to name them.
Kirschenbaum will be charged with establishing and expanding an office in Palo Alto, Calif. That office will be Miller & Chevalier's first office outside of Washington.
Kirschenbaum focuses his practice on transfer pricing strategy and planning, and related tax controversy resolution. Many of his clients are high-tech companies based in Silicon Valley, a region where Miller & Chevalier has a history of advising companies tax, employee benefits, litigation and international trade issues. Before joining Baker & McKenzie, he was team leader for the Advance Pricing Agreement Program of the IRS.
Kirschenbaum said that moving to a smaller firm will allow him to "partner" with clients more closely and to be able "to put them in touch with the best people around the world for a given issue." He pointed to overseas tax advisers, lawyers, and economic advisers as examples.