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Morgan Lewis Adds Sixth Tax Partner in Seven Months in Chicago, Expands State and Local Tax Capabilities

February 21, 2018

CHICAGO, February 21, 2018: Morgan Lewis today continues expanding its top-ranked global tax practice with the addition of Matthew S. Mock as a partner focusing on state and local tax (SALT) litigation and planning. At Morgan Lewis, Mr. Mock reunites with a trio of tax partners from his former firm—Joshua S. Richardson, Adam P. Beckerink, and Michael Liu, who joined the firm earlier this month—as well as the tax leader of their former firm, Thomas V. Linguanti, who joined Morgan Lewis last year along with veteran tax controversy partner Jenny A. Austin,and of counsel Nelson C. Yates II. Associate Kensington Wolgamott also joins the firm today. The entire group of nine tax lawyers is resident in the firm’s Chicago office.

Mr. Mock assists clients in SALT controversy from audit through litigation. He represents entities across the United States at all levels of administrative controversy and in all aspects of litigation through trial and appeal involving a wide variety of SALT issues, including sales and use tax, income tax, and unclaimed property disputes.

“With Matt’s arrival, our clients can draw on an ever-deeper bench of lawyers focusing on state and local tax issues, a key component of our full-service group of elite lawyers who provide thoughtful advice spanning the entire spectrum of sophisticated tax work,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Changes in the tax system—at the federal and state and local levels—remain a key concern for clients, and we know they will benefit from this expanding team’s counsel in identifying and navigating these changes.” 

Mr. Mock also advises multinational companies on the SALT aspects of corporate restructurings and transactions, providing counsel on the application of the myriad state and local tax issues, as well as issues created by the significant differences between state taxes and jurisdictional standards and those presented by US and international tax regimes. In addition to advising traditional brick-and-mortar companies, Mr. Mock has particular experience advising clients on the state and local tax consequences of participating in the digital economy.

“Given Chicago’s role as a business hub, we know our US and global clients will benefit from having a multifaceted team resident there that also has a national profile,” said Bart Bassett, who leads Morgan Lewis’s tax practice. “Matt brings us added SALT capabilities, which are increasingly important as clients look to understand the implications of US tax reform.”

The market-leading tax practice at Morgan Lewis represents clients in all stages of tax-related issues: planning, transactional-related tax work, and tax controversy and litigation matters. It includes lawyers with high-level service in the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of Justice and advises on international as well as US federal, state, and local tax exposures associated with pending transactions and ongoing business operations.

The firm’s Chicago office is a gateway to the US Midwest, providing regional and global clients with advice on a broad range of service areas including litigation, labor, employment, intellectual property, securities enforcement, investment management, and corporate transactions.