Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Michelle Ferreira to Receive V. Judson Klein Award from the Taxation Section of The California State Bar

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Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Michelle Ferreira to Receive V. Judson Klein Award from the Taxation Section of The California State Bar

Michelle Ferreira, administrative shareholder of the San Francisco office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been named the 2012 recipient of the V. Judson Klein Award from the Taxation section of The State Bar of California. She will accept the award on Nov. 5 at the Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference awards luncheon in San Diego.

Established in 1978, the award is named after V. Judson Klein, the first Chair of the Taxation section. Klein was known for his keen and imaginative intellect, passion for the law, great personal integrity and legal professionalism. The award is given annually to a tax attorney who has demonstrated this same high level of professionalism, passion, and excellence in the tax law field, according to the Taxation section. Recipients are selected by the executive committee of the Taxation section.

“We are very proud that Michelle has been recognized by the California legal community for her knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism in the practice of tax law,” said Barbara Kaplan, Chair of the Greenberg Traurig’s Tax Audits and Litigation and New York Tax Practices. “Jud Klein was an inspiration to many, including Michelle, and as we congratulate her for achieving this well-deserved and prestigious recognition, we also take pause to honor Jud’s memory and recognize him for all that he did for our profession.”

Ferreira is a tax attorney and represents individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state and local tax agencies. She represents clients before these various agencies at the audit, collection, appeals, and litigation stages. She is a former tax litigator for the IRS.

In 2009 and 2010, Ferreira served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Taxation section of the California State Bar. She is a frequent lecturer and was an adjunct professor for the Master’s in Taxation Program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Ferreira is a member of the American Bar Association, Taxation Section; California State Bar, Taxation Section; Executive Committee of the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections; San Francisco Estate Planning Council; San Francisco Tax Club; and a former member of the Executive Committee, Taxation Section. She has been named to The Legal 500 United States, The Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers, and was a nominee for "2010 Tax Person of the Year” by Tax Analysts in 2011.

Comprising more than 115 lawyers in more than 20 offices, the Greenberg Traurig Tax Practice provides advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate tax, mulit-state planning, international taxation, audits and litigation, criminal tax defense, capital markets, financial instruments and derivatives, project finance and leasing, customs duties and value-added tax and tax-exempt organizations.

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