Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Lynn Gandhi has joined the firm’s Detroit office as a partner in its Business Law Department and Tax, Benefits & Estate Planning Practice Group. Gandhi comes to Foley from Honigman LLP, where she led the State and Local Tax Practice Group.
With more than 30 years of experience counseling on complex multistate taxation issues – including 18 years serving as in-house tax counsel for major corporations – Gandhi is widely recognized as a leading state and local tax attorney. She advises clients on tax planning matters, audits, appeals and litigation, and has led legislative and administrative changes in tax laws that benefit business entities and their owners. In addition, Gandhi provides transactional support on the multistate tax implications of merger and acquisition transactions, and defense of post-closing indemnity and escrow claims related to pre-closing liabilities.
“Many of our clients have operations in multiple states and require sophisticated cross-jurisdictional tax solutions to grow and protect their businesses,” said Timothy Voigtman, chair of Foley’s Tax, Benefits & Estate Planning Group. “Having resolved tax disputes in almost every state in the country – and with the passion and depth of knowledge that only comes from years of experience – Lynn will be an invaluable asset to our clients in Michigan and nationwide.”
Gandhi’s clients include foreign-based companies with U.S. operations and national Fortune 500 companies, as well as Michigan-based businesses of all sizes. She has successfully represented clients in obtaining tax exemptions and incentive packages, contesting audit findings and resolving tax disputes, navigating unclaimed property issues, and successful submission of multistate voluntary disclosure agreements, among other matters. Gandhi is also a registered lobbyist in Michigan, representing clients on legislative tax initiatives.
“Joining a firm with such a deep bench of seasoned tax attorneys that work in a wide range of areas – from transaction planning to dispute resolution to policymaking – will provide immediate value to my clients,” said Gandhi. “I look forward to collaborating with attorneys across Foley’s extensive platform of practice areas and industry teams to grow my practice and to helping further strengthen the firm’s state and local tax practice.”
In addition to her client work, Gandhi is a prominent member of her professional community, both at the state and national levels. Among other roles, she is a board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, serves on Bloomberg Industry Group’s State Tax Advisory Board, and is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School, her alma mater. A prolific writer and speaker on state tax matters, Gandhi has published more than 60 articles and spoken or presented at over 75 events. She is a certified public accountant in Michigan and Illinois and received an LL.M degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Gandhi is the latest high-profile addition to Foley in recent weeks, following the arrival of a team of four IP Electronics attorneys, a securities enforcement attorney who previously served as associate regional director for enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Denver office, and a prominent sports attorney and former general counsel to the New York Jets.