Graduate Tax Program - Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2009

in this issue:
GTP Director's Message
Stay Connected by Joining the GTP's Online Alumni Community
Faculty Spotlight on Estate Planner Melissa Langa
Faculty Accomplishments of Note
Alumni Accomplishments of Note
Featured Alumni
What's New with the GTP?
Spring and Fall 2010 Events
Congratulations to the Graduate Tax Program January and May 2010 Graduates!
Class Notes


Graduate Tax Program Director's Message

Dear GTP Alumni, Friends and Colleagues:

Greetings from the Graduate Tax Program. The fall semester is in full swing, and Boston is experiencing its annual 48 hours of “Indian summer” – coinciding, of course, with the first week of heat in the Law tower.

Meghan Foster is now in her second year as Program Coordinator, finally able to see a task or an issue for the second time. Meghan was invaluable during Anne Benson’s maternity leave earlier this year and continues to provide essential support to both faculty and students. Anne has been back at full strength since her return in April, and occasionally treats us to a visit from the newest member of her family and ours. Her daughter Elizabeth is almost one year old, and Anne claims that she has begun mumbling about the tax code.

Since our last newsletter we added three new members to our faculty. Natascha George, a BU Law alumna and partner at Bingham McCutchen, teaches “Executive Compensation” and “Executive Compensation – Advanced.” Jere Doyle, a GTP alumnus who is an estate planning strategist at BNY Mellon Wealth Management and a senior vice president of BNY Mellon, is joining us to teach “Taxation of Charitable Giving” in the spring. Finally, Doug Stransky, a partner at Sullivan & Worcester, joins us to teach the spring section of “Introduction to Corporate Tax.” We are delighted to have all three of them on our faculty and to be able to continue offering one of the most expansive tax curricula in the country.

Our annual programs continue to provide important information and perspective to our students. We had a very successful Tax Ethics Seminar in March, panel discussions about tax careers in the spring and fall, as well as a visit to a U.S. Tax Court session in Boston that included a wide-ranging discussion with the judge. Our students saw the Red Sox defeat Baltimore in April but lose to Toronto in September. And they have enjoyed getting together for other social programs.

Professor Berman and Dean Haddad with Elsa Passer, and the 2010 Ernest M. Haddad award winner, David Foate, and his family
Anne Benson, class Marshall Murat Usta and his family paused for a group photo after commencement

We granted 75 LL.M. in Taxation degrees in 2010. I was pleased at Commencement in May to present the GTP Academic Achievement Award to Luke Tashjian and the Ernest M. Haddad Award to David Foate. Both awards were well deserved.

The GTP continues to work toward expanding its international presence. We are talking with potential partner universities primarily in France and Germany to establish short-term programs outside Boston, in order to bring tax law education to other places while showcasing our offerings. A number of potential partners are interested, and we have discussed some very interesting potential programs. Stay tuned for more developments.

All of our alumni surely have noticed the changes in the market for lawyers and law students in this lingering economic downturn. We have experienced decreases in our applications and in the placement success of our graduates. There are finally some hopeful signs that corporate deal flow and the demand for tax work may begin to turn upward. We need to maximize any positive developments, and we need your help to do so. So I’ll close with the same request I made in our last alumni newsletter: Whenever opportunities arise, please (1) recommend to good students that they apply to the GTP, and (2) hire our graduates! Thanks very much.

Best regards,

Daniel M. Berman
Professor of the Practice of Tax Law
Director, Graduate Tax Program

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Stay Connected by Joining the Graduate Tax Program’s On-line Alumni Community

The BU Law Connection is a global on-line community for all alumni of the Graduate Tax Program. The BU Law Connection will keep you in touch with other alumni and up-to-date with news on the BU Law Community. Features of the alumni site include:

  • An Online Directory: Searchable by class year, location, common interests and practice area.
  • Career Networking Capabilities: Find other alumni who work in your field of interest by searching resumes or become a resource for current students by posting yours.
  • Message Boards: Discuss professional interests with other alumni over these online message boards.
  • Class Notes: Keep track of what your classmates are doing and where they are working and living.

The BU Law Connection is a great resource for current students and alumni, but it only works if you participate! Students and alumni can get connected online at:

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Faculty Spotlight on Estate Planner Melissa Langa


Melissa Langa, a GTP alumna herself, has been a wonderful addition to the Graduate Tax Program faculty for over 10 years now as an adjunct professor for Estate Planning. She received her B.A. from Douglas College at Rutgers University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. Now Ms. Langa is a Shareholder in the Boston law firm of Bove & Langa, P.C., concentrating her practice in advanced domestic and international estate planning, wealth protection strategies, charitable giving, and closely held businesses, including succession planning.

Ms. Langa co-authors the “Trusts and Estates Forum” in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and her “Legal Developments” column appeared in the quarterly Asset Protection Journal from the Journal’s inception through 2000. Last year she also served as the President of the Boston Estate Planning Council, and she was instrumental in arranging a wonderful opportunity for our students to join the organization for a discounted price. We asked Melissa to take a few minutes to answer some of our questions and share some insight with our readers.

1) What kind of work do you do?

I am a partner in a small five lawyer boutique trusts & estates firm in Boston, Bove & Langa, P.C. I have built my practice guiding individuals, families, businesses, and charitable organizations in designing and implementing customized tax-efficient structures to meet their particular estate planning, business, and charitable needs. I also assist families in navigating the legal and tax implications of a death in the family. Finally, I often serve as a fiduciary: be it the executor of an estate, the trustee of a trust, or a member of the Board of a charitable foundation.

2) How has your work changed over time? Particularly, how has it been impacted by the recession?

The recession has not had a negative impact on my practice. On the contrary, as portfolios saw a reduction in value, we saw an increase in client concern with regard to protecting the wealth that remains. This concern can take many forms. Clients want to protect their wealth from potential personal and business creditors, and even from themselves -- they recognize that as they age they may need help in managing their financial affairs, which is easily attained through a trust structure. They also want to help protect a child's inheritance from a bad marriage. You cannot always depend on a child to sign a prenuptial agreement, and, again, a trust is the perfect vehicle for protecting a parent's assets from a child's spouse.

3) What do you see for the future of estate planning? It seems to be a fast growing field; do you think that growth will continue?

I do see it as a growth field, and, believe it or not, I see the shift away from an emphasis on tax planning as the driver for that growth. The minimization of transfer taxes (estate, gift, and generation skipping) on a wealth transfer will always be a goal, but more and more clients want an estate plan that protects them during incapacity, achieves significant impactful philanthropy, and provides for children, relatives, and friends in a private manner that preserves inherited wealth from the dissipation by a beneficiary's creditors. Small family business start-ups are a growth industry due to layoffs and other factors, and estate planners can be instrumental in helping a family insure that the business thrives for more than one generation.

4) Do you have any advice for young lawyers?

The Chinese have a saying, "You do not clap with one hand,” and that always reminds me that a well crafted estate plan is not done in isolation. I have been active in the Boston Estate Planning Council for many years, last year serving as its President, and because the Council's membership consists of accountants, financial planners, wealth managers, insurance advisors, trust officers, philanthropy professionals, and lawyers, I have been able to build a broad network of advisors who help me put the best plan in front of my clients. The more advisors there are around the table, the better. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and be respectful of the opinion of others.

5) Is there anything else you would like to discuss that may be of interest to our students and alumni?

I know it is a cliché, but don't be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. The law is overwhelming, and estate planning in particular is very humbling as there are so many fields to master: tax law, property law, partnerships, corporations, fiduciary law, wills & trusts, agency, divorce, and on and on. We've been taught the importance of the rule of law, but don't let the law rule you! For example, I love the theatre, and take the time to serve on the Board of the SpeakEasy Stage Company, the resident theatre company at the South End's Boston Center for the Arts. A summer day is never too busy to sail or bike ride; and no day is too short for friends, wonderful food, and a good book (and I don't mean the Internal Revenue Code!).

6) In advising your clients, how have you been handling the uncertainty in the state of the law?

All we can really do is plan with the law as we know it. We know the rules for 2010. We know the rules for 2011 forward. We just don't know how those rules will change. So, to the extent possible, we build flexibility into our estate plans to give someone (a trustee or a trust protector, for example) the power to take a second look if and when a law changes and adapt the plan so that the client's goals are still achieved.

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Faculty Accomplishments of Note

In February of this year, Brainard (Skip) Patton (BU Law ’69) finished his two-year term as president of the USA Branch of the International Fiscal Association, the leading worldwide international organization dealing with tax matters. Skip is currently Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Tax Program at BU Law.

Ameek Ashok Ponda, director of Sullivan & Worcester's Tax Department and a member of the firm's Management Committee, has been appointed to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). IRSAC provides a forum for senior IRS executives and representatives of the public to discuss tax administration issues.

Ameek also co-authored "Mirror, Mirror: Identifying Property In a Reverse Like-Kind Exchange," with Sullivan & Worcester tax colleagues, David Nagle, a fellow GTP alumnus, and David W. Hesford, (BU Law ’07), a current GTP student. The article was published by Tax Notes on July 5, 2010.

Six GTP Faculty members have been named “2010 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.” They are: Martin S. Allen, Russell A. Gaudreau, Jr., Melissa Langa, Thomas E. Peckham, Ameek Ashok Ponda, and Robert G. Stewart.

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Alumni Accomplishments of Note

John Okray, a 2004 GTP graduate, recently published a book while working as an Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of American Beacon Advisors in Fort Worth, Texas. His book, U.S. Federal Courts: Attorney Admission Requirements, provides a comprehensive analysis of the specific attorney admission requirements of over 200 federal courts. Coverage includes the Supreme Court, courts of appeals, district courts, bankruptcy courts, bankruptcy appellate panels, subject-matter specific courts, military courts, territorial courts, and courts of the freely associated states. Topics include reciprocity, whether state bar membership is required for specific district courts, admission fees, renewal requirements, examinations, experience prerequisites, sponsors, certificates of good standing, pro hac vice admission, in which courts allow non-attorneys or attorneys licensed in foreign countries to appear, specialty bar associations and more. Contact information for each court is included. Please check out the book’s Web site for more information.

2008 GTP graduate, Benjamin Willis, was recently published in the Journal of Corporate Taxation (now, Corporate Taxation) for his article “The Final Cash D Regulations: Implementing a Deemed Reality.” He has begun work on a second part to this article, with two of his coworkers from PwC, which will focus on the international implications relating to Cash D Reorganizations.

2009 GTP graduate, Samuel J. Lee, began work in May 2010 as a Tax Associate in the International Tax Services group of PwC in its New York Metro office. He is thoroughly enjoying his time there and is grateful for the excellent foundation that his professors in the GTP provided him. He is particularly thankful for Professor Brainard Patton and his excellent lectures on international taxation fundamentals because they have helped him tremendously from day one as a young tax associate.

Following his January 2010 graduation, Thierry Valenbreder was a spring intern with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s tax department in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he was primarily involved in the tax aspects of international reorganizations. After taking a study break to finish his LL.M. in Tax Law at Leiden University, he has been working at the VAT Financial Services department of PwC Amsterdam. Here he advises financial service providers on the VAT aspects of their business. In winter 2011, he plans to sit for the New York bar exam, marry his American fiancée, and seek a tax career in New York City.

Another May 2010 graduate, Veronica Flores, is currently working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Miami as an associate in their International Tax Services (ITS) group. The ITS group focuses primarily on global restructuring and consulting services for both international clients and domestic clients that have international operations. Her focus is primarily on consulting, but from time to time she is involved in compliance projects, such as preparing corporate tax returns and assisting on quarterly provisions reviewing subpart F for international clients.

Michelle Marion, another May 2010 graduate, is working as an Associate in KPMG’s Tax Controversy Services Group, which helps companies understand, anticipate, and strategically respond to the IRS, from the beginning of a controversy to its resolution. Michelle prepares penalty abatement requests, responds to Information Document Requests, Notices of Proposed Adjustments and 30-day Letters from the IRS, and does a tremendous amount of research and writing.

The GTP’s May 2010 class marshall, Murat Usta, is now working in Ernst & Young's New York office as a Senior in the Transaction Tax department. His work in Transaction Tax focuses mainly on tax due diligence and tax structuring for multinational corps or Private Equity funds. He has done work that requires him to work with foreign and domestic offices alike. Murat was recently involved with a tax structuring project in Asia where his team needed to work with their foreign office to structure a transaction that required them to create a fund for their client in Asia. He also worked on a project where his team had to provide their comments on a private letter ruling that went to the IRS.

Michael J. Walsh, a May 2010 GTP graduate, continues to work at the job he held during the program, as an Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in Boston, MA. Mike works in the criminal bureau where he investigates and prosecutes insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, unemployment tax and compensation fraud. Using the knowledge gleaned from the BU Graduate Tax Program Walsh investigates and recently prosecuted a case involving an employer’s failing to withhold payroll taxes and underpaying unemployment taxes when that employer maintained an undisclosed payroll which was falsely classified as payments made to subcontractors. Mike and his wife Jessica welcomed their first child, Bridget, in time for his last round of final exams last spring. He continues to explore opportunities for which he can best apply his LL.M. in Taxation.

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Featured Alumni


Anne Gibson (GTP ’10) joined the Graduate Tax Program as a full-time student in 2009 after finishing a clerkship with the Massachusetts Superior Court. Anne graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008. It was not until after taking Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, and Trusts and Estates in her third year in law school that she discovered her interest in tax. While in the Graduate Tax Program Anne concentrated in Estate Planning, but also took a variety of other classes including International Tax. This diversification proved useful, as early in the spring 2010 semester Anne’s wife received a job offer from the University of Zurich as a post-doctoral researcher.

After a somewhat atypical job search, propelled as much by word-of-mouth recommendations and kindly forwarded resumes as it was by official recruitment channels, Anne will begin working for Baker & McKenzie in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2011. She will be joining the International Tax group, and working primarily, but not exclusively, with the Wealth Management section. While there she will work with individuals and families with US tax obligations on a wide variety of tax issues ranging from estate planning and gift structuring to voluntary disclosure and expatriation. Anne is very much looking forward to putting the knowledge and skills she learned in the Graduate Tax Program into practice in her new job.


David C. Segraves is a graduate of Wichita State University (B.S, B.B.A. magna cum laude, 2003) and the Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2006, LLM in Taxation, 2007). Between his first and second years at BUSL, David attended the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School and received a commission. Days after submitting his final paper for his LLM in Taxation, he reported to The Basic School in Quantico, VA where he trained for six months to be a provisional rifle platoon commander.

After attending Naval Justice School in Newport, RI, David reported to his first duty station: the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. David spent two years as a trial counsel, prosecuting Marines and Sailors under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. As a prosecutor, he handled more than 150 cases and won eight out of nine contested courts martial, including convictions for charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault. In October 2009, now Captain Segraves, deployed as a battalion judge advocate with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines to Afghanistan.

While in Afghanistan, David trained the Marines on the rules of engagement, oversaw the battalion detainee operations, worked with local leaders on land use issues and advised the command on targeting. Since returning to the United States, David has assumed the responsibility of leading the legal assistance office aboard the Combat Center. He currently oversees pre-deployments services (including drafting wills and powers of attorney) and advises service members and their families on issues including family law, consumer law, landlord tenant law and other legal issues that affect their lives. David is moving back to his educational roots this spring as the officer in charge of the base’s tax center where they provide free tax preparation.

David is married to Britnye (Godwin) Segraves (BU Law J.D. 2006, BU MPH 2007). Together they have two sons, Christopher and Alexander.

In his own words:
“While I haven’t spent much time working on taxes, my LLM has helped me greatly. Dealing with the Internal Revenue Code, Revenue Rulings, etc, was great training for distilling 30-page classified documents into usable information for our commanders and our Marines. One day I would like to have a career that emulates Professor Darby or Professor Langa – I truly enjoyed their classes. For now, I have the honor of serving. While it’s not the normal path, I’ve had wonderful opportunities. During my deployment, our Marines freed the Now Zad valley of Helmand Province from Taliban control. I saw true freedom as a school was established that had more than 80 children, including 18 little girls, learning how to read.”

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What's New with the GTP?


We are thrilled to introduce our newest faculty member, Natascha George, who taught Executive Compensation this fall, and will be teaching Advanced Executive Compensation in the spring. Natascha is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group at Bingham McCutchen LLP where she practices in all areas of executive compensation and employee benefits law. She regularly provides advice to clients regarding executive employment and consulting arrangements, severance obligations, and equity and equity-based compensation plans, both in the ordinary course and in the context of mergers, acquisitions, other business restructurings, initial public offerings and bankruptcy proceedings. She works with clients ranging from multinational public companies to closely held businesses in the design, implementation, maintenance and termination of executive compensation and employee benefits arrangements.

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Spring and Fall 2010 Events

All LL.M. Pub Night at Big City- Students from the GTP and all of the LL.M. programs were invited to Big City for a pub night on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Students enjoyed playing pool and getting to know one another after finishing their classes for the week.

Jay Darby’s Moot Court- Professor Joseph B. Darby’s TX 944 Structuring Intellectual Property Ownership class participated in a "mock trial" experience before Tom Hammond, the Chairman of the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. The "mock trial" was held at the Appellate Tax Board Hearing Room in Boston. Students were divided into two legal teams, representing the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and a Taxpayer, respectively, and litigated the case in a totally realistic manner that included writing a Petition under the Appellate Tax Board Rules, filing opposing briefs, negotiating a Stipulation of Facts, presenting and cross-examining witnesses, and making arguments on all issues before the court.

The class argued a hypothetical Massachusetts state tax case based on facts similar to those adjudicated in the recent Massachusetts SJC decision in Geoffrey v. Commissioner. The case involved a company that manufactures designer jeans and sells them through company-owned retail stores throughout the US, including stores located in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts stores pay a license fee each year to an "intellectual property" licensing affiliate, which is based in Delaware and not physically present in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The case examined such cutting-edge US constitutional tax issues as economic nexus, the Massachusetts "add back" statute, economic substance doctrine, and transfer pricing issues.

2010 Tax Ethics Seminar- On Friday, March 26th, 59 GTP students woke up early on a snowy morning and came in to the law school to attend the annual Tax Ethics Seminar led by Professor David Casten. The students had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast while listening to Professor Casten and the assembled ethics panel comprising other GTP faculty, speak about standards and responsibilities in tax practice. After the first session, students worked in smaller break out groups to come up with a solution to one of the four case studies prepared for the seminar. Afterward, the students and GTP staff gathered outside on the steps of the BU Chapel for a class photo.

Graduation Cruise- During the week prior to commencement, GTP students participated in several graduation events with their fellow LL.M. students and staff members, including a dinner cruise around the Boston Harbor. The ship set sail at 6 pm and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, DJ and dance floor during the three hour boat cruise.

Anne Benson, Mike Walsh and his wife Jessica, and Meghan Foster at the Graduation Reception in May 2010
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Professor Berman enjoys a Red Sox game
Some of the new students enjoying the pre-orientation BBQ

Graduation Reception- Also during the week prior to graduation, the GTP hosted a graduation reception in Barrister’s Hall in honor of our graduating students. The recipients of the Graduate Tax Program’s two annual awards were announced at the event. The Academic Achievement Award was awarded to Luke Tashjian, and the Ernest M. Haddad Award was awarded to David Foate.

Fall and Spring 2010 Red Sox Games- The Graduate Tax Program staff and students joined the rest of the LL.M. programs at two Red Sox games this season. On Friday, April 24th we were lucky enough to see an exciting Red Sox win against the Baltimore Orioles, and a tough loss against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, September 17th. The students and staff from the Graduate Tax Program, American Law, and Banking and Financial Law programs had the chance to attend for a reduced price and watch some great games!

Fall 2010 New Student Welcome BBQ- This year we created a new event to welcome our incoming students and give them the opportunity to meet their peers before the start of classes. We invited all of our new students to enjoy some good food and drinks on the lawn behind the BU Chapel on the Sunday before classes began. It was a great success and we hope to make this an annual event!

Fall 2010 Pub Night - New and continuing students were invited out to join the GTP staff for food and drinks at the BU Pub on Thursday, September 16th. This is an event that the GTP strives to do every semester and, as usual, it was a great opportunity for our students to get to know each other outside of the classroom!

United States Tax Court- GTP students were fortunate enough to attend a U.S. Tax Court session in Boston on Monday, September 27th. The U.S. Tax Court is a court of record established by Congress under Article I of the U.S. Constitution. When the Commissioner of Internal Revenue has determined a tax deficiency, the taxpayer may dispute the deficiency in the Tax Court before paying any disputed amount. The Tax Court is composed of 19 presidentially appointed judges. Trial sessions are conducted and other work of the Court is performed by those judges, by senior judges serving on recall, and by special trial judges. All of the judges have expertise in the tax laws and apply that expertise in a manner to ensure that taxpayers are assessed only what they owe, and no more.

Although the Court is based in Washington, D.C., the judges travel nationwide to conduct trials in various designated cities. The Judge who presided at the Tax Court Session at the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building in Boston was Special Trial Judge Lewis R. Carluzzo of New Jersey, a graduate of Villanova college and law school. Judge Carluzzo met with the GTP students during recess and answered questions about the cases called that morning and also provided additional background on Tax Court proceedings.


Tax Careers Panel- On November 9th students had the opportunity to attend a tax careers panel to learn more about career opportunities in tax. Panelists discussed their career paths, current work environment and why they enjoy what they are doing. The five panelists included three GTP alumni: Christopher Beck, a 2007 graduate, now an associate at Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer, LLP; Michael Fiore, a 2004 graduate, now working as an Associate Area Counsel with the IRS Chief Counsel’s Office in Boston, and Joshua Vernaglia, a 1978 graduate, who is retired after working for Serino, Harrington & Vernaglia. The other two panelists were: Donald T. Nowill, a retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Professor in the GTP and JD program, and Douglas Stransky, a partner at Sullivan and Worcester LLP, who will begin teaching in the GTP this spring. Tibby Cail, Assistant Director for Professional Development, moderated the panel, and Professor Berman contributed his insights to the discussion as well.

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Congratulations to the Graduate Tax Program January and May 2010 Graduates!

Katie A. Ahern*
Taylor E. Anderson
Serena Baig*
Yoohyun Baik
Matthew L. Baumann
Christine Anne Boeckel
Kristin Dana Born
Christine Elizabeth Carlstrom
Crisette Leyco Church
Kyle Ryan Claussen
Elizabeth Martin Connelly
Zachary Scott Cummings
Adam Joseph DoVale
Emily Snelling Dunn
Kevin James England
James Homer Ferguson
Joseph Charles
Flores, Jr.
Veronica Joelle Flores
David Earl Foate
Monica Vera Frassa*
Mark E. Gauthier
Anne Hood Gibson
Ian Michael Gilbert
Maria Pamela Ginocchio
Jessica J. Grasso
Elizabeth Anne Haden

* January 2010 Graduate

Katie Alice Harris
Stephanie Cara Hayes*
Ernst Friedrich Hunter*
Noemi A. Kawamoto
Jill Koren Kelley
Nicholas G. Keramaris
Anthony Constanty Kosinski
Jongwon Lee
Matthew J. Leonard
Daniel E. Levin*
Antonio D. Lomba, Jr.
Elizabeth Irene Long
Gregory John Lucyniak
Timothy Hanford Marciniak
Michelle Lorraine Marion
Aidar O. Massatbayev
Ariel Amora McDowell
Amy Beth Kaufman McLellan
Sarah Jane Blowers Melia
Anthony Edward William Morgan
Adam Dean Packer
Ashleigh Morgan Paige
Ramanathan Paranthaman
Elsa Sonia Levy Passer
Andrew Charles Reed
Adam Michael Romig
Caroline Louise Rummel
Peni Toke Saccoh
Tamara M. Saverine*
Adam Edward Silvey
Zachary Michael Smolkin*
Adedayo O. Sotinwa
Craig Alan Standish
Scott Russell Stengel
Jon Thomas Stevenson
Mariko Takenaka
Pamela R. Tankle
Luke Thomas Tashjian
Long Cuu Tran
Elena Tsizer
Victoria Jane Tsoong*
Murat Usta
Thierry Cyrille Valenbreder*
Lawrence Walker
Erik J. Wallin
Michael John Walsh
Timothy Robert Weeks
Jill Lauren Weiner
Sarah Dawn Wellings


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Class Notes


Michael Dennis retired after 34 years with The Nature Conservancy.

Paul O’Connor was elected president of the Tax Executives Institute.


Andrew B. O’Donnell, partner at Mirick O’Connell in Worcester, MA, was named a New England Super Lawyer by Law & Politics.


Richard Jones was named partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston.


Eric Gurgold was named partner at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Fort Myers.

David Schick, of GrayRobinson, Orlando, was named to the 2011 “Best Lawyers in America” list of outstanding attorneys.


Jo Ann Rooney was appointed president of Mount Ida College in Newton.


Jeff Pirner, district manager with H&R Block in Boston hosted a live chat in “Tax chat with Jeff Pirner” on


Anu Mullikin served as the keynote speaker at a University of Massachusetts, Lowell event recognizing business excellence.


Bradley VanBuren is working as a Partner at Holland & Knight LP in the Private Wealth Services Group.


Avi M. Lev was elected shareholder at Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. of Boston.


Bradley Migdal announced the birth of a baby girl, Ava Brooke, September 23, 2009.


Sara Condon of Mintz Levin, Boston, was named a 2009 Massachusetts Rising Star by Law & Politics.


Upon graduation, David Foate and his family moved to the Phoenix where David joined the Captive Insurance Division of Ryan, Inc. Ryan is an international tax services firm, with the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada.

Jill Kelley left PwC in August and accepted a position as an international tax attorney with Withers Bergman, LLP, bouncing between their NYC and New Haven, CT offices.

Amy Kaufman McLellan, an attorney in Andover, Mass., spoke at the BU Law Commencement.

Ashleigh Paige is now working a Senior in Transaction Advisory Services -- Transaction Tax, doing M&A at Ernst & Young in New York.

Elsa Passer is now working as legal counsel – business associate at Olea Medical. Olea Medical specializes in medical imaging computer software with a focus on emergency neurology.

Andrew Reed recently began working at WTAS (wealth and tax advisory services) in Boston, a spinoff of Arthur Anderson.

Tamara Saverine is now an Associate Counsel in Tax in the Hartford Financial Services Group.



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