THE FIRM This team offers expertise in a wide range of tax matters, including transactional and partnership, but it is its estates and trusts-related work that is particularly well known throughout the state. It represents high-profile domestic and international clients in the most complex and sensitive matters, and recently represented trustees of the charitable trust of the late Margaret Cargill, the largest individual shareholder of Cargill, in a multibillion transaction that will make the Cargill trusts among the largest charitable foundations in the country.
Sources say: "You get more than what you pay for - the value for money they provide is fantastic."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Terence Cuff is applauded as an excellent tax lawyer with an exceptional grasp of partnership tax issues: "He is a mental giant with a penetrating understanding of partnership. He understands it in one glimpse," enthused a source. He regularly represents large energy companies, large corporations, REITs and real estate investors in partnership and real estate issues.
Leah Bishop is a nationally acknowledged estate and gift tax planning expert. One impressed client reports: "She is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever dealt with in the estate tax and tax-exempt entity areas of law. She is also one of the most accessible lawyers I have ever dealt with. Simply stated; she is totally awesome."
Paul Frimmer enjoys an "absolutely first-rate reputation" for his trusts and estates work. His practice also involves probate and trust administration, postmortem tax planning, and tax matters relating to probate litigation, art law and charitable giving.
Ronald Pearson is held in high regard for his representation of very high net worth and high-profile individuals in estate planning matters. He recently represented a decedent's estate and numerous off-shore trusts created for the benefit of beneficiaries located in the USA and UK.
Adam Streisand earns accolades as one of the state's top estate and trust litigators. Of late, he has represented the children of Rocky Aoki in estate litigation related to the ownership and control of the Benihana restaurant chain.
Stuart Tobisman focuses on the administration of estates and trusts and on estate and tax planning for individual clients. He recently represented a client in connection with reorganization of business interests and wealth transfer planning in connection with $250 million in real estate holdings. "He is first-rate," reports a source.
Junior partner Alyse Pelavin joins this year's rankings following widespread market endorsement. She focuses on the administration of estates and trusts, as well as estate and gift tax planning for high net worth individuals and closely-held businesses. Clients applaud her exceptional responsiveness and note: "She will surely rise in the future."