Vinson & Elkins Expands Tax Controversy Capabilities with Addition of Sheri Dillon in Washington

May 12, 2014, 08:00 ET from Vinson & Elkins LLP

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Highly regarded tax controversy attorney Sheri A. Dillon has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Dillon represents clients in a wide variety of federal tax controversy matters, with a particular focus on partnership tax issues. Her clients include various hedge/private equity funds, REITs, multinationals and high net worth individuals and their business interests.

"Tax has been a core strength of V&E for decades, and enhancing that practice – especially in our Washington office – is an integral part of our firm wide growth strategy," V&E Managing Partner Scott Wulfe said. "We've been fortunate to attract several other leading tax practitioners to our Washington office over the past 18 months, and adding Sheri will help us better serve our clients in the face of increased IRS audit and litigation activity."

Dillon joins from Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she previously practiced with partners Gary Huffman and Joe Garcia, who joined V&E in January 2013. The three also worked together for 10 years at tax and finance boutique McKee Nelson prior to that firm's 2009 merger with Bingham.

"Sheri is an exceptional lawyer whose practice and approach are a perfect fit with our one-firm vision," said George Gerachis, head of V&E's Tax and Executive Compensation and Benefits Department. "She is smart, pragmatic and devoted to her clients. In addition to working together on client matters, I expect Sheri to help us continue growing a true destination tax practice in Washington."

Dillon guides clients through IRS audits and administrative appeals. And when matters cannot be favorably resolved administratively, Dillon has represented clients litigating in the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the federal district and appeals courts. Additionally, she advises on a wide range of tax planning matters involving acquisitions, dispositions, combinations and debt restructuring and reorganizations.

"I was attracted not only to V&E's deep pool of talent across the firm, but also to its cultural emphasis on collaboration and client service," Dillon said. "Having worked with so many of my new colleagues – on both sides of the table – I know V&E will be a great fit for me and I'm eager to begin this next chapter in my career."

Dillon received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999, and holds a Masters of Public Policy from University of Missouri, Columbia. She currently serves as a member of the ABA Section of Taxation's Government Relations Committee and the Appointments to the Tax Court Committee, and is the past retired Chair of the Administrative Practice Committee.

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