We are pleased to announce that Open Weaver Banks has joined the firm’s State and Local Tax (SALT) practice as counsel in New York. Prior to joining Sutherland, Open was of counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Open represents clients in state and local tax controversies at the administrative, trial and appellate levels. Her work includes income, franchise, sales and use, and property tax matters. Specifically, she has advised on and litigated complex state and local tax matters associated with unitary combination, the constitutionality of the “throw-out” apportionment rule, intangible holding company nexus, addback of interest and intangible deductions, the application of P.L. 86-272, qualification for sales and use tax exemptions, and the availability of personal income tax credits for taxes paid to other jurisdictions.
Open’s clients come from a broad spectrum of industries, including insurance, financial services, media and technology, cable and telecommunications, automotive, construction and manufacturing. Before focusing solely on state and local tax, she represented clients in federal tax planning and controversy matters. Her federal tax background provides an invaluable perspective on state and local tax issues.
Sutherland’s addition of Open is the latest step in the firm’s expansion of its SALT practice in New York. In August, the group welcomed Partner Leah Robinson from McDermott Will & Emery LLP.