Haynes and Boone Adds Two Attorneys to Tax Practice


HOUSTON/AUSTIN – Haynes and Boone, LLP has bolstered its Business Planning, Taxation and Benefits Practice Group with the addition of veteran tax attorneys Jeffrey E. Raley and Robert Reetz, Jr.

In Houston, Mr. Raley will be of counsel in the private clients and estate planning section. Mr. Reetz is a partner in Austin focusing on business planning. The addition of Mr. Raley and Mr. Reetz mirrors the tax section’s proven multi-disciplinary approach to guiding businesses, organizations and individuals through domestic and cross-border transactions and tax controversy matters.

“Volatile financial conditions and changes in regulatory requirements are causing businesses and individuals to reevaluate and adjust their short and long-term business tax and estate planning strategies,” said Vicki Martin-Odette, Dallas partner and chair of the firm’s Business Planning, Taxation and Benefits Practice Group. “Jeff and Bob have a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields. Their experience will be a great asset to clients looking for help minimizing risk and safeguarding wealth.”

Mr. Raley's practice primarily involves estate planning, trust and estate administration, and advising closely-held business owners with regard to a variety of tax and other issues. Mr. Raley has experience preparing a range of estate planning documents, including complex wills and irrevocable and revocable trust agreements. He counsels clients as to the selection, formation, reorganization, dissolution and transition of ownership of entities for estate planning purposes. In addition, he has represented clients and beneficiaries in the sale or gift of interests in entities and the estate and gift tax compliance issues relating to such sales or gifts. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Mr. Raley was special counsel with Baker Botts L.L.P.

Mr. Reetz is board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, business entity formation, corporate and partnership reorganizations and income tax planning. His experience also includes stock option plans, stock transactions, secured transactions, employee benefits, loan documentation, and estate tax planning. Mr. Reetz was previously a partner at Brown McCarroll LLP.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With almost 550 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009), as one of "The Best 20 Law Firms to Work For" (Vault.com, 2009), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2009) and women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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