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Date: February 1, 2016
GSB Press Release

Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to announce that Andy I. Aley and Michelle E. DeLappe from the Seattle office, Jennifer M. Bragar and Steven D. Nofziger from the Portland office, and Malcolm Seymour from the New York office have been promoted to owners in the firm, effective January 1.

Andy Aley advises established and emerging companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, entity structuring and general corporate matters.  He is also co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group and helps clients structure their business organization, transactions and relationships to comply with Washington’s complex regulatory framework governing marijuana businesses.

Michelle DeLappe’s practice focuses on state and local tax in the Pacific Northwest. She advises on tax planning and business transactions, tax refund claims, tax appeals and litigation. Michelle has co-authored amicus curiae briefs on tax issues to the Washington Supreme Court and is now launching a new bimonthly column, “Skookum Tax News,” in State Tax Notes.

Jennifer Bragar’s practice focuses on land use, real estate, municipal and environmental law.  Jennifer has been involved in several significant cases throughout Oregon, including hazardous waste cleanup actions and land use advocacy on behalf of private landowners.  She regularly assists as special counsel and general counsel to multiple cities across the state.

Steve Nofziger’s practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation, tax, and business matters.  He frequently assists clients in matters involving ERISA and Affordable Care Act compliance, business and tax planning, IRC § 1031 exchanges, and tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and the Oregon Department of Revenue.   Malcolm Seymour is a business disputes attorney who regularly assists software developers, general contractors and subcontractors diagnose the causes of project delays, overruns and failures.  He also defends companies and individuals in licensed professions, including law, financial services and regulated sports, in challenges to investigations, enforcement actions and suspension proceedings brought by state agencies.  

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