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New York, NY – January 10, 2012 -- Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that Bob Goldberg has joined the firm to head its Taxation and Employee Benefits Group.

Bob Goldberg, formerly counsel to Farrell Fritz, P.C., joins Meister Seelig as a partner in the firm's Corporate Group. He has experience in a broad variety of federal and local tax matters, and has particular experience in federal income tax issues related to partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate, transactional tax planning and tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Goldberg further specializes in employee benefits and executive compensation and represents clients on a range of compensation and benefits matters, including executive compensation, the compensation and benefits aspects of merger and acquisition transactions, employment and separation agreements, retirement plan terminations, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's (ERISA) fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction rules, and benefit plan controversies.

"We are excited to have Bob Goldberg join the firm in order to better serve our clients in the areas of taxation and employee benefits," said Mark Seelig, the firm's managing partner. "Our clients at all levels need tax-related advice, and Bob's experience and expertise cuts across each of the firm's practice areas. He will be an asset to the firm, as well as to our clients."

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Attorneys Mentioned: Bob G. Goldberg, Mark J. Seelig

Mark J. Seelig has recently given lectures to various groups in the New York City area. On October 3, 2007, he presented an overview of estate planning to the International Executive Resources Group. The seminar outlined basic estate planning techniques aimed at (1) establishing a coherent and effective plan for the allocation, distribution and control of a person's assets following his or her death, (2) building a legacy or making a charitable contribution and (3) minimizing taxes applicable to one's property. The presentation also included a synopsis of how federal and state legislation has, and continues to, affect estate planning and estate taxes. The presentation further explained common mistakes that are made when planning an estate, as well as how to avoid them.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Mark J. Seelig

The Real Estate Board of New York has retained Stephen Meister, founding partner of Meister Seelig & Fein, to file an amicus brief seeking permission to appeal the recent unanimous decision by the State’s Appellate Division, First Department, concerning the impact of J-51 tax abatement benefits on the luxury decontrol under Rent Stabilization Laws of apartments at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

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