State & Local Tax

The attorneys at Hodgson Russ LLP’s State & Local Tax (SALT) Practise offer our clients exceptional experience in all New York State, New York City and multistate tax issues. The group’s New York State tax attorneys are also well-versed in multistate, international and cross-border tax matters. From planning and compliance to litigation and damage control, our SALT Practise attorneys provide legal solutions specifically tailored to meet our clients’ requirements.

While other firms of similar size may have one attorney who occasionally handles state and local tax matters, the Hodgson Russ LLP SALT Practise has many New York corporate tax attorneys – with more than 20 professionals — experienced in areas that include audit and assessment defense, unclaimed property filings, business incentives, business succession planning, corporate structuring, income tax, residency law and audits and planning, personal income tax audit, energy taxation, litigation, lobbying, negotiations, abandoned property law and sales tax.

Our SALT partners include Paul R. Comeau, who founded our SALT Practise and who has more than 40 years of experience practicing tax law; Mark S. Klein, a nationally known speaker and author; Christopher L. Doyle, practise leader, who has extensive experience in the area of corporate taxation; Timothy P. Noonan, the practise’s chief litigator, who won a landmark residency case in New York’s highest court in 2014; Joseph Endres, who focuses on sales tax issues for technology companies, various tax credit programs, and multistate abandoned property issues; William J. Comiskey, former deputy commissioner for tax enforcement at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; Thomas Collura, who handles mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, and complex trust and estate matters in the Albany area; and Debra Silverman Herman, who focuses on the state and local impact of multistate business activities.

Other attorney team members include three partners, seven associates and five paralegals, three of whom are former New York State tax auditors.

Hodgson Russ LLP has been awarded prestigious “Best Law Firm” rankings by “Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report” in the categories of National Tier 2 Tax Law and Litigation – Tax, Metropolitan Tier 1 Tax Law, and Metropolitan Tier 2 Litigation – Tax.

A Proven Track Record of Success

Based on statistics obtained from the New York State Division of Tax Appeals’ annual reports, taxpayers lose most of their litigation against the Tax Department. In fact, out of all the determinations issued by administrative law judges in 2000-2010, taxpayers prevailed less than 27 percent of the time.

Our track record is better. During those same 10 years, when litigation was required, Hodgson Russ’ New York corporate tax lawyers won approximately 80 percent of the cases we litigated in the Division of Tax Appeals and New York courts.

State & Local Tax Attorneys
Christopher Doyle
Christopher Doyle
Phone: 716.848.1458
Katherine Cauley
Phone: 716.848.1522
Catherine Eberl
Phone: 716.848.1237
Joseph Endres
Phone: 716.848.1504
Joshua Lawrence
Phone: 716.848.1403


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