March 20, 2017 – McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Diann Smith has received the 2017 Award of Merit from the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO). Ms. Smith was recognized for her efforts on behalf of the National Retail Federation and the comments she provided to the Drafting Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) for its Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA).
Ms. Smith serves as the co-chair for an UPPO group where she provides legislative comments to states that introduce RUUPA bills and is responsible for drafting white papers on the top UPPO priorities related to RUUPA. Furthermore, when a state introduces a RUUPA bill, Diann’s group drafts comments to that bill based on these white papers and also on a review of the existing unclaimed property legislation in that state.
UPPO is the leading community and resource for unclaimed property compliance education, networking, advocacy and reform. During the meeting, Diann also presented at several sessions including “Preparing to Win in Court.”
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McDermott Will & Emery’s Tax Practice Group includes more than 250 lawyers practicing in the areas of US and international taxation, estate and gift taxation, state and local taxation, and employee benefits. Among this group of exceptional lawyers is our US & International Tax group, comprised of 100 lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia, who provide counsel in all areas of taxation to a wide range of public and private multinational companies with operations in more than 70 countries. They assist with mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international tax planning, internal restructurings, transfer pricing, controversies, joint ventures, legislative matters and compliance.
McDermott was named “Tax Law Firm of the Year” in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” survey published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This is the second time in four years that the Firm has received this prestigious recognition. McDermott was also named “Law Firm of the Year in Tax Litigation” in 2014, “Law Firm of the Year in Tax Law” in 2013 and “Law Firm of the Year in Employee Benefits” in 2012, all in the Best Law Firms rankings published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.