Morrison & Foerster LLP announced today that Steven A. Ruskin has joined the firm as a partner in its Tax Department. Mr. Ruskin, who joins Morrison from the Dallas-based firm of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, will practice in the firm’s New York office.
"Steve is a very talented lawyer with a great depth of experience in sophisticated transactional federal tax issues," said Fred Lodge, Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office. "Building our federal tax practice in New York has been a priority driven by the needs of our clients, especially in the corporate and real estate areas. Steve is a natural fit as we expand to meet this need."
Mr. Ruskin said, "I am looking forward to being part of Morrison’s firmwide tax group and participating in the vibrant growth of the New York office. It is exciting to return to New York where I have practiced most of my career."
Mr. Ruskin’s broad-based practice encompasses the full scope of federal, state and local tax matters, including corporate acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations, financings, audits, and the formation and operation of partnerships, joint ventures, and tax-exempt entities. He has significant experience in tax issues involving mergers and acquisitions, including transactions involving real estate investment trusts. He also has considerable experience representing issuers and underwriters on a variety of equity and debt offerings, including IPOs.
Mr. Ruskin is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School where he received his J.D. degree in 1968. He received an LL.M. (in Taxation) from New York University in 1973. Mr. Ruskin became a partner in the New York office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in 1977. He left Cadwalader in 1995 to form the Law Office of Steven A. Ruskin. In 1997, he joined the Dallas, Texas office of Winstead Sechrest & Minick where he was a senior tax partner.
With more than 100 lawyers, the New York office of Morrison & Foerster provides services to both domestic and foreign clients in a number of areas, including public and private financings; mergers and acquisitions; banking and other financing services; real estate; general corporate; media and telecommunications; intellectual property; tax and litigation. Morrison & Foerster is one of the largest international law firms with more than 700 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide.