McDermott Expands West Coast Client Service at the Intersection of Health and Tax


LOS ANGELES and ORANGE COUNTY (March 6, 2017) – McDermott Will & Emery announced today that Erika Mayshar has joined the firm as a partner and will split time between the Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Ms. Mayshar will use her background as a tax lawyer to practice at the intersection of McDermott’s core practice areas of Tax, Health and Private Client. She will be a member of the Health Practice Group with a focus on tax-exempt representation of entities within the health care industry.

Ms. Mayshar’s practice includes transactional tax planning for tax-exempt organizations and other business entities. With a significant focus on the health care industry, she advises hospitals, medical foundations, trade associations, charitable and religious organizations, advocacy organizations, and private foundations. Ms. Mayshar also counsels clients regarding the daily complexities of operating tax-exempt organizations and provides structuring advice for healthcare organizations and other nonprofits entering into joint ventures, affiliations, and similar strategic transactions. Ms. Mayshar will work closely with McDermott health partner Robert C. Louthian whose practice also intersects with a wide range of exempt entities such as hospitals and other institutional advisers, private foundations, scientific research organizations, universities, trade associations and corporate foundations.

“Erika is an important addition to our practice,” said Stephen Bernstein, global head of McDermott’s Health Practice Group. “Tax-exempt entities face unique and complex requirements, and as a highly accomplished tax lawyer, Erika will play a key role in helping us meet the needs of this rapidly expanding client base at the intersection of the health and tax arenas.”

Ms. Mayshar joins Alexander M. Lee and Alejandro Ruiz both of whom recently joined the Firm as partners in the Tax Practice Group in the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices respectively. The addition of these highly skilled tax lawyers further enhances the strength of McDermott’s transactional tax capabilities on the West Coast and across the Firm’s global platform. “Erika will build upon the West Coast momentum sparked by the recent arrivals of Alex and Alejandro,” said Lowell D. Yoder, global head of McDermott’s Tax Practice Group. “She and the other new arrivals to our California offices will enhance the work already being done by other tax partners like Dan Zucker in Chicago, and will increase our client capabilities from coast to coast and around the world.”

Ms. Mayshar will similarly team with our Private Client lawyers, including Julie Kwon and Nicole Pearl of our Silicon Valley and Los Angeles Offices, to advise clients on private foundation and related matters. “Providing tax-exempt counseling for private foundations and other wealth management planning, Erika will be an important resource for our private client team serving high net worth clients, especially those on the West Coast,” said Carol Harrington, global head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice. “Our clients include affluent individuals and families, family offices, fiduciaries, private trust companies, and public and private charities who will benefit from Erika’s extensive knowledge and experience with tax-exempt matters.”

Ms. Mayshar currently serves as an advisory board member of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at the University of California Paul Merage School of Business. She provides pro bono counseling to various tax-exempt organizations, including United Way and Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

Ms. Mayshar received a BA magna cum laude from Pomona College and a JD from Stanford Law School where she was an editor of the Stanford Law & Business Journal.

About McDermott’s Health Industry Practice
Major legal directories have identified McDermott as the undisputed leader in health care law. We are the only firm to receive Tier 1 national rankings by The Legal 500 USA, U.S. News-Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.

Our services to clients are comprehensive. We serve as general or special counsel on engagement-specific bases to many of the country’s leading integrated delivery and academic medical center health systems, hospitals, large medical groups, health private equity funds, ambulatory surgery centers and their management companies, physician and dental practice management companies, nursing home chains, health technology companies, home health agencies, health maintenance organizations and other health insurers, and hospices. We also represent medical device, pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers and distributors. By building multidisciplinary teams of specialists, we are committed to engaging with all types of health care organizations as a trusted, knowledgeable and innovative advisor.

About McDermott Will & Emery’s Tax Practice Group
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.

About the Private Client Practice Group
McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group represents high-net-worth individuals, families and closely held businesses with an extraordinary focus on the client’s specific, unique objectives. The team of more than 75 lawyers and 30 non-lawyer professionals has been recognized as the top private client practice in the United States and among the top practices worldwide. The practice operates out of offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington DC with lawyers regularly working together to service clients of the firm.

About McDermott Will & Emery
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, Rome, 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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