Law360 named Morrison & Foerster partner Mitchell Newmark as an MVP of the Year in 2019, a recognition that acknowledges attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals, and complex global matters.
Mitchell earned a spot as a Tax MVP after successfully arguing an appeal for Lorillard Tobbaco Co. in the New Jersey Tax Court, which built on his previous eight-figure argument and win for its affiliate at the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and for crafting the strategy and focus of the arguments that led the same court to reject a nearly $5 million tax assessment levied against automaker Daimler AG. Mitchell told Law360 that he considers the Lorillard Tobacco Co. win his biggest accomplishment of the year, and he considers his work on Daimler his most challenging, stating that “the biggest challenge was analyzing and framing the case and the argument in a clear and concise way that made sense whether or not the judge had a tax background.”
He also discussed his proudest moment of the year, which was when he got to argue a case in front of his former colleague and mentor, Roberta Moseley Nero, a former Morrison & Foerster of counsel who is now president and commissioner of the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal. “She’s just so bright and so good, and I was just so proud to go in,” Mitchell said.