THE FIRM This sizable group combines superior expertise in tax controversy and transactional matters, attracting a close and loyal client following. Its talented attorneys are based in offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, offering impressive regional coverage and the ability to handle matters that are international in scope. A recent significant matter for the group was representing Seahawk Drilling in its multimillion-dollar sale to Hercules Offshore.
Sources say: "It has always been a great service provider that gives us great advice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Houston-based John Allender heads the group and has a first-class reputation for his work on M&A and policy-related matters. "He has a very good technical understanding and provides practical solutions," say clients. He recently represented Baker Hughes in its $6.5 billion acquisition of BJ Services.
William Bowers is admired by peers for his objective and diplomatic approach, and for his creativity. He focuses on federal income tax matters involving real estate investment trusts, corporations and partnerships. "He is skilled, smart and highly regarded," report sources.
William Caudill's broad tax practice includes work for partnerships and tax-exempt, real estate, and oil and gas organizations. His focus is on transactional work and peers are also quick to note his strength in controversy matters. He has recently represented clients in a number of IRS audits and appeals.
Andrius Kontrimas is highly recommended for his expertise in a range of tax matters, including cross-border M&A, international and domestic tax planning, joint ventures and tax controversy. Of late he has handled a number of complex international transactions involving foreign jurisdictions such as China and Australia.
Austin-based Patrick O'Daniel is held in very high regard for his expertise in all matters relating to partnerships, including M&A and liquidation. He continues to represent The Armand Hammer Foundation and Journyx.
George Scofield is the partner in charge of the firm's San Antonio office. He has considerable expertise in international tax planning, M&A transactions and joint ventures, regularly acting for tax-exempt organizations such as universities and hospitals. He recently represented University Community Hospital in its merger with Adventis Health System.
Jasper Taylor has a national reputation for his tax litigation work. His impressive roster of clients features names from the telecommunications, real estate and energy industries, as well as high net worth individuals. AT&T and Academy Sports & Outdoors both feature on his list of clients.
William Lee handles complex tax controversy and litigation for clients including partnerships, individuals and large corporations. He continues to represent Merck & Co in a large tax refund case.
Senior tax practitioner Charles Hall is experienced in tax controversy and in a range of other federal, state and local taxation matters. "He is a great lawyer and one of the nicest people I have ever encountered," said one interviewee.