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Elliott Murray

Partner  |  Baker McKenzie

United States (TX)


Asset holding structures,
Personal and estate planning


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The highlight of my practice over the past 12 months has been successfully negotiating over $7 million in penalty savings for non-resident US taxpayer clients participating in the voluntary disclosure program in advance of the program's slated closure in the fall of 2018. Many of these clients had significant connections to non-US jurisdictions yet were facing multi-million dollar penalties in connection with regularizing their tax situation with the IRS on top of back income taxes, interest payments, and statutory penalties.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Be flexible in work and interested in clients, as the type of work you are called upon to do in the private client world can shift dramatically from one client to the next or from year-to-year. If the practitioner remains interested in the issues of his or her clients and how to help them navigate the changing legal and tax world, then the practitioner will be well on his or her way.

What is your favourite quote?

"All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them,” Umberto Eco.