McDermott Deepens West Coast Tax Bench to Help Clients Navigate Increasingly Complex State and Local Tax Landscape - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Deepens West Coast Tax Bench to Help Clients Navigate Increasingly Complex State and Local Tax Landscape


SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced the addition of Charles (Chuck) Moll and Troy Van Dongen in the firm’s San Francisco office and Marcy Jo Mandel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The trio joins from Winston & Strawn and offers experience successfully representing clients in complex state and local tax controversies in California and throughout the United States.

Moll, who served as the nationwide head of Winston & Strawn’s State and Local Tax (SALT) practice, focuses on resolving tax controversies. He is known for representing clients before all levels of state and local tax authorities and has in-depth litigation experience across California courts, the US Tax Court and the US Supreme Court.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Chuck’s stature with such a well-deserved reputation in California and a proven track record of success across the country,” said Jane Wells May head of McDermott’s SALT Practice. “The arrival of Chuck and his team bolster our California SALT presence and further strengthen the high-quality state and local tax capabilities clients expect from McDermott.”

“McDermott is a tax powerhouse, and we are excited to join the team and collaborate with its distinguished SALT practitioners,” said Moll. “As taxpayers grapple with an increasingly complex state and local tax landscape, having experienced, strategic counsel is more important than ever. McDermott has the best platform from which to offer that.”

Moll is joined in San Francisco by partner Troy Van Dongen, whose practice focuses on the resolution of state and local tax controversies through both litigation and negotiation. Van Dongen has extensive experience in property taxation and advises clients on various other state and local tax matters including franchise, sales and use and income tax. His clients span an array of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, software, finance and sports and entertainment.

The group is rounded out by Marcy Jo Mandel, who has joined as counsel in McDermott’s Los Angeles office. As a tax litigator, Mandel focuses her practice on resolving state and local tax controversies drawing from over 35 years of experience, including her long service as California’s Deputy State Controller for Taxation. In that role, Mandel advised three consecutive State Controllers on a wide variety of important tax policy issues and sat on the State Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board on each Controller’s behalf.

“This group’s arrival is a great example of how we continue to bring in the best practitioners to the best teams,” said Ira Coleman, chairman of McDermott. “We are particularly excited for the energy and experience they will bring to our offices on the West Coast, particularly to our growing San Francisco team.”

All three practitioners are known as thought leaders and have received a variety of awards and recognitions that speak to the quality of their work.  Moll and Mandel join McDermott counsel Roy Crawford as fellow recipients of the California State Bar’s Benjamin F. Miller Award for outstanding contributions in the field of state and local tax law.

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers, Moll is among the top SALT practitioners in the country and serves on the Executive Committee of the ABA Tax Section’s State and Local Tax Committee and is editor and California author for the ABA Property Tax Desk book.

Also ranked by Chambers, Van Dongen is the incoming chair for the Taxation Section of the California Lawyers Association. He also serves as chair for the Marin County Assessment Appeals Board, and is a member of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Director’s Advisory Council.

Moll and Van Dongen are part of McDermott’s expanding presence in San Francisco, including the April 2018 arrival of employment partners Ron Holland, David DurhamPankit Doshi and Christopher Foster.

About McDermott

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

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