WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2009) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP is pleased to announce that Ira B. Mirsky has joined the Firm as Counsel in the Employee Benefits Department, resident in the Washington, DC. office. Mr. Mirsky's practice focuses primarily on tax controversy and compliance matters related to employee compensation and benefits arrangements, and employment tax and information reporting issues in general.
"We are very pleased to welcome Ira to the Firm," said David Rogers, head of the Firm's Employee Benefits Department. "Ira brings extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of a wide range of complex issues that our client's face in the areas of employment tax and information reporting, with a specific emphasis on tax information reporting and withholding issues in connection with employee compensation and benefit arrangements."
Previously Mr. Mirsky represented clients in controversy proceedings before the IRS on matters related to employee compensation, fringe and welfare benefit arrangements, and tax-qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. He successfully settled cases, both at IRS Examination and Appeals levels, involving employee fringe and welfare benefit arrangements, business travel expense reimbursement arrangements, equity-based compensation, as well as tax-qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements.
Most recently, Mr. Mirsky served as the Private Sector Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Sessions for the 2009 Federal Bar Association Tax Conference. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Important Developments for the Employment Taxes Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), as well as a member of the ABA's Employment Taxes Committee and Administrative Practices Committee.
Mr. Mirsky received his Masters of Laws in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.
McDermott is a pioneer in the field of employee benefits. The Firm has been advising clients on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters for more than 50 years and currently represents more than 38 Fortune 500 companies and 10 Fortune 100 companies in employee benefits matters on a regular basis. Many of the Firm's clients are service providers for employee benefit plans maintained by other employers (including trustees, record-keepers and insurers).
Since its opening in 1978 with two lawyers, McDermott's Washington, D.C. office has become a full-service location with more than 240 lawyers practicing in a host of practice areas. Originally known for representing clients before government agencies, congressional committees, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and before federal and state courts, the Firm’s Washington, D.C. lawyers now advise clients on matters ranging from corporate mergers and acquisitions to intellectual property litigation and protection.