Two Tax Litigators Join Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C.

Addition of Miriam Fisher and Brian McManus strengthens leading national tax controversy practice

March 20, 2012

Washington, D.C.… Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Miriam Fisher and Brian McManus have joined the firm's Washington, D.C. office as partners in the Tax Department. Both Fisher and McManus have deep experience in federal tax controversy and litigation, representing clients in both civil and criminal matters.

Fisher and McManus join Latham from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in Washington D.C. Fisher, a recognized leader in the field, is active in the America Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, where she has served as chair of its Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee and is currently a member of its governing Council. She is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, has taught in the Tax LL.M program at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a regular speaker at various national tax CLE programs.

“The Internal Revenue Service and US Department of Justice have become more aggressive in pursuing large corporations for significant matters,” said Alice Fisher, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. “We’re pleased to add these talented new partners to assist our clients as they work to resolve business-critical controversies on the most favorable terms.”

David Raab, Global Chair of the Tax Department, added: “The tax controversy lawyers at Latham have a long and successful history of counseling taxpayers who are anticipating or are involved in tax controversies and representing them in court if necessary on a broad array of US domestic and international issues. Miriam and Brian will be great additions to a team that has earned a reputation for excellence in favorably resolving controversies for clients at all levels – pre-filing, during the administrative process, in various alternative dispute resolutions and in litigation.”

“Latham has represented corporate clients in essentially every industry segment and individuals and other entities with significant tax concerns,” Miriam Fisher said. “Latham’s depth of experience will be a great complement to my legal practice, and I look forward to working with the firm’s talented partners and top tier clients.”

Miriam Fisher received a J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1985 after graduating first in her class from Loyola College in Maryland in 1982. After law school she was an associate at a series of tax boutiques before becoming a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice.

“I’m pleased to join a team that regularly advises on issues ranging from tax accounting disputes, to corporate and partnership transactional issues, international questions, employee benefits matters, and tax exempt controversies,” McManus said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build my practice in Washington, D.C. by serving both the client base across the US, and Latham’s clients from around the globe.”

McManus received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1999, his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2002, and an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. After law school, he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, and after receiving his LL.M, he became an associate, then partner, at Morgan Lewis in Boston and Washington D.C.

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Alice Fisher, Office Managing Partner in Washington, D.C., +1.202.637.2232

David Raab, Tax Department Chair in New York, +1.212.906.1344

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