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Michael Pfeifer Joins Day Pitney in DC, Bolsters the Firm’s Capabilities in Trusts and Estates and International Tax


Day Pitney LLP announced Michael G. Pfeifer has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Individual Clients department in its Washington, DC office. Pfeifer joins from the DC office of Caplin & Drysdale, where he was a partner. His previous experience includes serving as Special Assistant to Associate Chief Counsel (International) of the Internal Revenue Service, where he assisted with drafting major international tax legislation.

“Michael is a renowned and talented lawyer who has deep experience handling a wide range of complex international tax matters, which will be of immediate value to our private clients in the DC Metro area and around the world,” said Dane Dudley, chair of Day Pitney’s Individual Clients department. “His background complements our growing practice, and we are thrilled that he has joined our team.”

Pfeifer's practice focuses on the international tax issues of wealthy individuals. He counsels clients on planning for pre-immigration and expatriation, as well as on structuring cross-border investments. In addition, Pfeifer advises high-net-worth individuals on estate planning matters, including the use of domestic and foreign trusts, and tax controversy matters, including Competent Authority and voluntary disclosure proceedings.

Pfeifer’s professional affiliations include serving as Vice-Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and he is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and an academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL). He is a frequent lecturer on international tax topics before numerous U.S. and foreign professional associations, including ALI-CLE, for which he created and co-chaired an annual program on international trust and estate planning for 21 years. In addition, Pfeifer writes frequently on international tax matters and is quoted by various media outlets.

“Day Pitney’s full-service platform and geographic reach will benefit my clients in the U.S. and abroad,” said Pfeifer. “The firm has a well-established and widely recognized Individual Clients department, and I look forward to working with this group of highly esteemed lawyers.”

With nearly 70 lawyers in the firm’s Individual Clients department, Day Pitney offers private clients one of the deepest and most experienced practices in the country. The attorneys have hundreds of years of combined experience advising individuals and their families on the full spectrum of matters related to trusts and estates.

Pfeifer earned his LL.M. degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law; his J.D. from Cornell Law School; and his A.B. degree from Yale University. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and New York.

About Day Pitney

Day Pitney LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 300 attorneys in Boston, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC. The firm offers clients strong corporate and litigation practices, with experience on behalf of large national and international corporations as well as emerging and middle-market companies. With one of the largest individual clients practices on the East Coast, the firm also has extensive experience assisting individuals and their families, fiduciaries and tax-exempt entities plan for the future.