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Blank Rome has brought on two lawyers from Withers Bergman to its tax, benefits and private client group in New York, including the former leader of Withers’ U.S. tax investigations practice.

David Moise joined Blank Rome as a partner, and Jill Misener as of counsel, the firm announced Tuesday. Moise joined Withers’ New York office in 2013 from Hass & Hecht.

Moise said he had been seeking an opportunity to do more business-oriented tax controversy work, which Blank Rome provided along with a domestic platform. U.K.-headquartered Withers focuses on high-net-worth clients, and about three-quarters of Moise’s clients were wealthy individuals. He plans to bring much of that work to Blank Rome, including his ongoing matters, but wants to expand his work with corporations and partnerships.

Moise and Misener work on tax examinations, appeals and litigation, federal and multistate voluntary disclosures and tax collection procedures. Moise has also dealt with treaty issues, including disputes between the U.S. and the U.K. Their practice is largely reactive, Moise said, and much of it comes from referrals.

“On a daily basis, David and Jill handle tax issues that require interface with the IRS, and they know federal procedures inside and out,” said Cory Jacobs, chairman of Blank Rome’s tax practice, in a statement. “With tax reform forthcoming, David and Jill are well-positioned to help our clients navigate any future changes to U.S. tax policy.”

Moise said he hopes to advise clients as the IRS focuses on examining partnerships and flow-through entities. However, he noted, that could easily change under the current presidential administration.

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