SOURCE: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

July 01, 2008 09:00 ET

Cooley Adds Preeminent Tax Partner to Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that David J. Fischer has joined the Firm's Washington, DC office as a partner in the Tax group. Fischer was the head of tax litigation at Baker Hostetler and tax coordinator for its Washington, DC office.

"David is a widely respected tax lawyer and will bring additional depth and strength to the Firm's tax capabilities," said Phillip Gall, co-chair of Cooley's Tax practice. "His experience, great technical skills and deep understanding of extremely complicated tax work will be invaluable to us as we grow our leading tax controversy practice."

Fischer has represented clients in federal tax litigation and controversy for more than 25 years in the Tax Court, Court of Federal Claims, District Courts and IRS administrative processes. Fischer's practice currently focuses on "listed transactions," including various basis-shifting tax shelters, charitable remainder trust arrangements and tax-sensitive leasing. He has extensive experience in transfer pricing and with tax issues affecting the financial, hospitality and sports industries.

"We are delighted that David has joined the Firm," said Roel Campos, Partner in Charge of Cooley's Washington, DC office and a former SEC Commissioner. "Clearly his area of practice is extremely important in the DC market and it is a key component of our DC office growth and diversification as we continue to expand our presence here."

Fischer earned his JD from George Washington University Law School and a BA in Economics from Michigan State. He is an active member of the Court Practice and Procedure Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.

About Cooley's Tax Practice

Cooley is called upon to advise on thousands of transactions annually, and provides tax advice to clients in a variety of sectors, including technology, life sciences, energy, telecommunications and real estate, from small deals involving startups to multibillion dollar mergers and acquisitions.

Cooley has also long been recognized as one of the premier firms in the country for handling administrative tax controversies and tax litigation, including numerous landmark tax cases. According to the 2008 edition of Chambers USA, "Cooley's Tax practice has a national reputation and is known for innovative, tax-efficient structuring of business transactions and effective resolution of significant tax controversies."

About Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Cooley Godward Kronish's 650 attorneys have an entrepreneurial spirit and deep, substantive experience, and are committed to solving clients' most challenging legal matters. From small companies with big ideas to international enterprises with diverse legal needs, Cooley has the breadth of legal resources to enable companies of all sizes to seize opportunities in today's global marketplace. The Firm represents clients across a broad array of dynamic industry sectors, including technology, life sciences, real estate, financial services, retail and energy.

The Firm has full-service offices in major commercial, government and technology centers nationwide: Palo Alto, CA, New York, NY, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Reston, VA, Broomfield, CO, Washington, DC and Boston, MA.

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