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David O. Bigger(860) 251-5203Email
David Bigger practices primarily in the areas of international, federal, state and local taxation, with particular emphasis on personal income tax, mergers and acquisitions, and matters involving the taxation of partnerships. David has represented individuals and companies with regard to multi-state taxation issues, tax planning, reorganizations, enforcement and collection defense, and other federal and state tax controversies.
Ray Casella(860) 251-5808Email
Ray practices in all areas of federal, state and local tax law. He has extensive experience representing tax-exempt organizations including schools, private foundations and public charities. Ray regularly deals with federal and state income tax issues, Connecticut sales and use tax issues, federal and state payroll tax issues, and private foundation excise taxes.
Michael Chase(860) 251-5194Email
Michael Chase represents organizations and individuals in government investigations, internal investigations, and criminal matters. He regularly represents clients in matters being investigated by the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, federal and state regulators, state attorneys general, and other law enforcement agencies. Michael also conducts internal investigations for companies in a variety of industries, including higher education.
Richard I. Cohen(860) 251-5803Email
Richard Cohen’s practice encompasses pensions and employee benefits, including tax-qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, SERPs, cafeteria plans, ERISA and COBRA compliance. Richard speaks on pension and employee benefit issues to business associations, such as the WEB Network of Benefits Professionals, client groups, and the Connecticut Bar Association.
Robert L. Day, III(860) 251-5602Email
Robert is a member of the Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group and practices primarily in the areas of federal, state and local taxation. Robert regularly counsels a wide variety of taxpayers including individuals, manufacturers, insurers, media companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, and asset management funds. He also has experience representing these clients in tax controversies before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and other taxing authorities.
Danielle P. Ferrucci(860) 251-5105Email
Danielle Ferrucci practices in the areas of estate planning, estate settlement and trust administration. She assists clients with the full range of planning techniques for tax-effective intergenerational and charitable transfers. Danielle also prepares, and advises those preparing, probate documents, estate tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns as well as represents estates before the IRS and DRS on audit.
Alan E. Lieberman(860) 251-5801Email
Alan Lieberman is Chair of the firm’s seven-person Management Committee and acts as the firm’s Managing Partner.
Alan’s practice involves counseling clients on matters involving international, federal, state and local taxation, and representing them in tax-related disputes in administrative and court proceedings. In addition, Alan represents clients in the formation, reorganization, and liquidation of business entities and tax-exempt organizations.
Elva M. Perales(860) 251-5525 Email
Elva Perales assists clients in matters related to federal, state and local taxation. While in law school, Elva served as a volunteer tax adviser for the Global Connections’ Tax Assistance Program at Penn State University, and as a research assistant for the International Sustainable Development Projects Law Clinic at Penn State Law. In addition, Elva worked as an intern for the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic of Philadelphia Legal Assistance.
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Louis B. Schatz(860) 251-5838Email
Louis Schatz serves as Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Group. From 2007 to 2017, Lou served on the firm’s seven-person Management Committee. He is the past Chair of the Tax Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Lou practices in the areas of federal and State of Connecticut tax with attention to the representation of closely held businesses organized as limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations; real estate joint ventures; and the representation of taxpayers involved in federal and Connecticut tax controversies (at the audit, appellate and court levels). He is a frequent lecturer on federal and State of Connecticut tax, partnership and limited liability company issues.
Laura A. Schuyler(860) 251-5338 Email
Laura Schuyler is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, where she assists clients with the full range of planning techniques for tax-effective intergenerational and charitable transfers. She also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries on fiduciary compliance and other probate court proceedings. Laura has served as a law clerk for The Honorable C. Ian McLachlan at the Connecticut Supreme Court and as a judicial intern for The Honorable Holly B. Fitzsimmons of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Kelly Smith Hathorn(860) 251-5868Email
Kelly Smith Hathorn advises public and private sector employers on a variety of employee benefits issues. Kelly has experience with qualified plan design, drafting, administration/compliance, and termination. She also has experience with non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, including drafting and reviewing executive employment agreements and incentive plans for Code Section 409A compliance.