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Butler Snow Selected as Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ North American Team of the Year Finalist

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC (Butler Snow) has been selected as a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) North American Team of the Year Finalist.  The winner is to be announced at the STEP Private Client Awards on September 19, 2012, at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London, UK.

“We are very honored that our Tax Group has been selected as a STEP finalist,” said Donald Clark, Jr., Chairman, Butler Snow.  “This is a very distinguished honor and we appreciate and value this recognition.”

Our international tax practice delivers estate planning advice for individual clients who reside outside of the United States but who have U.S. immigration status, family members in the U.S. or investment assets in this country.  Additionally, Butler Snow’s international tax practice assists non-U.S. and U.S.-based businesses in tax-efficient structuring of their cross-border business operations.  Among other jurisdictions, we have assisted clients with investments into the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, The People’s Republic of China and Singapore.

The response to our international tax practice from clients and their advisors has been extremely positive.  Butler Snow has acted for three international Forbes families on U.S. tax matters and has also acted for numerous other families with net wealth in excess of US$100 million.  Members of the team travel regularly to Asia and to the United Kingdom presenting on current U.S. private client tax topics and integrated UK/US estate planning to solicitors’ firms, accountants and private banks.

The Tax Group includes: J. Paul Varner, Tammy L. Barham, Ronald I. Loeb, W. Eugene Magee, W. Jeff McGoff, Samantha R. Moore, John B. Nichols, Kurt G. Rademacher, J. Stevenson Ray, Gilbert C. Van LoonChristopher M. Was and Virginia B. Wilson.

The STEP Private Client Awards highlight excellence among private client solicitors/attorneys, accountants, barristers, bankers, trust managers and financial advisors.  The judges from the Awards select up to five nominees as finalists in each category.  A panel of experts supports the judges and are comprised of internationally recognized lawyers, accountants, barristers and trust companies of the trust and estate community.   The judges consider several criteria in naming finalists; that criteria includes, but is not limited to, the following: demonstration of excellent, relationship driven client service; excellent leadership including a clear vision on how the firm has and should differentiate itself in the market; demonstration of technological innovation and demonstration of a wider social responsibility including a high standard of treatment of the firm’s staff.  The criteria for this year’s award is accessed for work conducted from May 2011 through June 2012.  Butler Snow was selected along with only two other North American law firms and one North American accounting firm for this honor.