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September 2017

Gordon & Rees Expands New England Presence with Rhode Island Office and Addition of Five Attorneys

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has continued its national expansion and presence in New England with the opening of a new office in Providence, Rhode Island. The Providence office is the 46th office nationwide and complements the firm's New England offices in Hartford and Boston.

The Providence office is led by seasoned tax controversy lawyer, Michael Marino, who joins the firm as the Office Managing Partner. Partner Richard Bogue, Of Counsel Thomas Moylan, Senior Counsel Melissa Curley and Associate Richard Fallago have also joined the Providence office. All five attorneys were previously with Bogue Moylan & Marino LLP.

"This group of top-notch attorneys has a depth of knowledge of tax and corporate law," said Dion Cominos, Firmwide Managing Partner. "Their connections to the Providence legal and business communities make them a natural strategic fit as our firm continues to broaden its presence in the Northeast."

Marino represents taxpayers at all levels of agency administrative review, including at civil audits and during agency criminal investigations, to post-assessment proceedings including appeals and administrative hearings at the Internal Revenue Service Appeals Division and State taxing authority on various issues including fraud liability, liability for understatement of income, liability for assessed penalties, Responsible Person/Trust Fund determinations and assessments, refund claims, as well as a multitude of compliance and collections matters. He regularly manages and limits enforced collections on behalf of his clients, but in cases of enforced collections, has accomplished the release of liens and levies, the subordination of liens, the withdrawal of liens, the termination of seizure actions, as well as, receiving the favorable outcomes for clients by proposing collection alternatives, including installment agreements and Offers in Compromise. Marino represents his clients in judicial proceedings at the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Special Tax Counsel), Rhode Island 6th Division District Court, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board on a wide range of tax matters. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Rhode Island, United States District Court, for Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States Tax Court and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court.

Bogue provides estate planning and income tax planning for closely-held companies and high-net-worth individuals. He also practices in the area of distribution planning for qualified and non-qualified retirement benefits, as well as, probate and corporate law. He has experience handling M&A transactions and related tax planning.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Committee on Taxation. Bogue is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He also is a Certified Public Accountant and he was honored by the Rhode Island Society of CPAs for achieving the highest score in the state on the examination. He was awarded the society’s Nicholas Picchione Gold Medal and a certificate of recognition. Bogue is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Taxation Program at Bryant University and a frequent (over 15 years) lecturer at various tax seminars, including RISCPA’s and SBA/SCORE. He is a member of the RI Bar Association Committee on Taxation.

Moylan concentrates his practice in advising businesses and individuals in the areas of real estate law, estate and trust planning, estate administration, asset protection planning and business law. He provides clients with tax services and representation in all types of planning, structuring complex business, financing, and real estate transactions. He assists his clients in planning for and implementing the transfer of assets during life and at death advising on such matters as estate planning and administration, succession planning for owners of family businesses, planning for distributions from retirement plans, charitable giving, formation of tax-exempt organizations and trust administration and tax reporting. Moylan also aids his clients in implementing appropriate strategies to form a barrier between their assets and those who are trying to gain access to them. Services provided include forming appropriate entities to protect assets, utilizing domestic and offshore asset protection trusts where indicated, and evaluating and describing the tax consequences of any recommended strategy. He represents domestic and international clients in a wide range of real estate transactions which involve the acquisition, financing, development, construction, management, operation, leasing and sale of office, retail, industrial, and residential properties, with particular focus on 1031 exchanges and capital gain planning. He has represented individuals and businesses before the IRS and state taxing authorities in audits and appeals as well as U.S. Tax Court. He also assists elderly and disabled clients of all incomes with applying for government benefits such as Medicaid, and planning to qualify for government benefits. Moylan is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. Tax Court.

Curley represents corporate and individual taxpayers regarding civil assessments before federal and state taxing authorities at the administrative and appeals levels, as well as the United States Tax Court and Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. Her tax controversy experience includes representing taxpayers in federal and state tax audits involving income tax, sales, use and meals tax, as well as motor fuels tax disputes. In addition to mitigating tax liability, Curley has successfully abated significant tax penalties on behalf of taxpayers, including failure to file, failure to pay and substantial understatement penalties. Her tax controversy practice is not limited to audit, but rather involves all phases of the collection process, including hardship status, innocent spouse claims, installment payment agreements and offers in compromise, as well as seeking relief from enforced collections and appeals there from, such as lien and levy, lien release and subordination and levy releases. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Fallago is a member of the Business Transactions practice group. He has experience handling M&A transactions and related tax planning. Fallago performs complex financial analyses based upon tax returns and other financial documents. He analyzes federal income tax consequences of transactions as proposed and provides alternatives. He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 800 lawyers in 46 offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country and continues to climb the ranks of both The Am Law 200 and The National Law Journal. Additionally, in 2017 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 50 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 35 on its Diversity Scorecard.

Richard A. Bogue
Melissa L. Curley
Richard G. Fallago
Michael S. Marino
Thomas J. Moylan