Arizona's 2014 Top Lawyers

Top Lawyers List 2014: Tax

Az Business Magazine’s 2014 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from more than 20 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were vetted and considered by a panel made of the editorial team and industry experts to determine the exclusive 2014 Az Business Magazine Top Lawyers List.


Charles E. Davis
Charles E. Davis
Co-founder and managing partner
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC
Company Website
Davis has more than 38 years experience in business and commercial transactions, real estate, taxation law and estate planning. Davis has represented large corporations, small businesses and individuals and has advised his clients in tax planning and numerous other legal and business matters.


Harry Friedman
Harry Friedman
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Company Website
Friedman has experience in the area of general business tax planning, including the formation of limited partnerships and limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions of
both private and public corporations and in representing tax exempt organizations.


Yale F. Goldberg
Yale F. Goldberg
Partner
Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP
Company Website
Having worked in the tax division at the U.S. Department of Justice, Goldberg was able to see the strength of the government and he learned the need for empathy for clients and the importance of vigorous advocacy to push back hard against the government as it pushes against its citizens.


Eliot Kaplan
Eliot Kaplan
Partner
Squire Sanders
Company Website
Kaplan’s practice is focused on international, federal, state and local tax issues, real estate transactions, private equity transactions, commercial and contract matters, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters.


Jack N. Rudel
Jack N. Rudel
Member
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC
Company Website
Rudel is certified as a Tax Specialist by the State Bar Board of Specialization, and provides representation to clients in tax (U.S. and International), general business planning, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate.


Pat Derdenger
Pat Derdenger
Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Company Website
Derdenger is a partner in Steptoe’s Tax group who focuses on federal, state and local tax law. He was named to Southwest Super Lawyers’ 2013 list of the “Top 50 Attorneys” in Arizona and was named Best Lawyers’ 2012 “Phoenix Tax Lawyer of the Year.”


Harvey L. Frutkin
Harvey L. Frutkin
Senior counsel
The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC
Company Website
Frutkin has practiced in the area of tax law for more than 40 years. He is the author of “Taxation of Executive Compensation: Planning and Practice,” LexisNexis, 1983 (updated semiannually). He has served as adjunct professor of law in federal corporate taxation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Joel K. Heriford
Joel K. Heriford
Shareholder
Burch & Cracchiolo
Company Website
Heriford practices in estate planning and taxation, retirement planning, asset protection planning, revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies, asset protection trusts and charitable remainder trusts.


Martha C. Patrick
Martha C. Patrick
Shareholder
Burch & Cracchiolo
Company Website
Patrick’s practice deals exclusively with tax controversies. Coming from the IRS, Martha represents taxpayers involved in civil and criminal tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and the Arizona Department of Revenue.


Richard C. Underwood
Richard C. Underwood
Partner
Ryan Rapp & Underwood
Company Website
Underwood has spent 30 years working in various areas of tax law and employee benefits law. He advises employers with regard to retirement plans, stock benefits and executive compensation and has represented employers in front of the IRS.



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