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Greenberg Traurig’s Cris O’Neall Recognized as ‘Tax Advocate of the Year’

ORANGE COUNTY – May 21, 2019 – Cris K. O’Neall of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Orange County office has been recognized as “Tax Advocate of the Year” by the California Alliance of Taxpayer Advocates (CATA).

The recognition was based in part on O’Neall’s role in getting amendments to California’s Property Tax Rules approved by the California State Board of Equalization (SBE) in 2018. The process took many months and included written submissions to the SBE, meetings with SBE staff members, and hearings before elected SBE Members. The Property Tax Rule changes will assist taxpayers in responding to information requests from tax authorities and in making presentations before county Assessment Appeals Boards.

CATA is an association of tax consultants, agents, and attorneys who represent taxpayers before county assessors and assessment appeals boards, the SBE, and other tax agencies. According to its website, the organization’s purpose is to champion the rights of taxpayers in accordance with the highest ethical standards and to promote sound public policy that protects taxpayers.

O’Neall focuses his practice on ad valorem property tax and assessment counseling and litigation (appeal hearings and trials). For over 25 years, he has represented a variety of California taxpayers in equalization proceedings before county assessment appeals boards, the State Board of Equalization, the Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court.

About Greenberg Traurig's Tax Practice: To stay competitive in today's global marketplace, international companies must seek out greater efficiency in their tax planning and compliance, including coordinating tax decisions from country to country. For U.S. operations, an environment of increased scrutiny – including passage of more restrictive legislation and a spike in audit activity at every level – is quickly becoming the norm, likewise spurring a need for greater self-evaluation and for more frequent representation in controversies and litigation with tax authorities. Greenberg Traurig’s multidisciplinary tax team works closely with clients to address these and other tax planning needs, as well as tax controversies and litigation issues.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.