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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 11, 2016) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Susan von Herrmann, Paula Leibovitz Goodwin, Jon D. Feldhammer and Richard J. Guggenhime have joined the firm’s Trust & Estate Planning practice in San Francisco. Susan, Paula and Jon join as partners and Rich joins as senior counsel.

“We are tremendously pleased that this highly regarded team has joined us,” said Colonel Betz, Chair of Perkins Coie’s Trust & Estate Planning practice. “They are a strong addition to the practice with substantive experience in representing individuals and families in sophisticated wealth preservation and estate planning matters.”

Susan, Paula and Rich have significant experience helping individuals, families and couples plan and administer their estates in preserving their wealth. The team provides advice and representation in all aspects of personal planning, trusts, estates, tax, estate administration and related disputes. Their clients include technology company senior executives, founders and leaders of hedge, venture, capital and investment funds and partners in professional service firms.

Jon, a former senior trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, counsels corporations, partnerships, and individuals on complex tax controversy matters. He has extensive experience resolving estate and gift tax disputes, foreign bank account report penalty cases, like-kind exchange disputes, and residency issues against the California Franchise Tax Board and the IRS. Jon also works with clients to correct improperly reported offshore arrangements, navigate through the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, and other IRS programs.

“These high quality attorneys are exceptionally well regarded in the California estate planning community for their thoughtful counsel,” said Barbara Schussman, Office Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “A significant amount of corporate and real estate wealth is concentrated in this region, especially in the technology sector. This team has deep roots in the Bay Area and offers considerable opportunities to better serve our clients who have California estate planning needs.”

Susan earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and received her B.A. from Stanford University. Paula earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law. Rich earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and received his B.A. from Stanford University. Jon earned his J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received his B.A. from Vassar College. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, all were with Schiff Hardin.

Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,000 lawyers in offices across the United States and in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

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