Sussman Shank’s Heather Kmetz Named 2015 Mentor of the Year

The award is a result of the generous time and energy Heather has given to help develop tax lawyers who are young in their careers.

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Congratulations to Sussman Shank Partner Heather Kmetz, who was named 2015 Mentor of the Year by the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section’s New Tax Lawyer Committee (NTLC).  The award is a result of the generous time and energy Heather has given to help develop tax lawyers who are young in their careers. 

Heather is known for giving practical advice that includes important lessons about the business aspects of a law practice, the culture of the legal community, and substantive tax issues, including ethics and standards of practice.

The award was presented at the Taxation Section Mentor Program end-of-the-year event on November 10, 2015.  Information about the award is available here:

Heather also continues to be active with the Oregon State Bar and was recently elected to serve as Treasurer of the 2016 Taxation Section Executive Committee, a group that supervises and controls the affairs of the Section, subject to the Section’s Bylaws and the supervision of the Oregon State Bar.

She has served as a member on the Taxation Section Executive Committee since 2013.

About Heather A. Kmetz
Heather is a Partner and Chair of the firm’s Business Group.  As a tax lawyer, she assists individuals in establishing tax-sensitive wealth preservation plans, including representation before the IRS focused in the area of foreign account disclosure.  Heather also serves as outside corporate counsel for a variety of closely-held businesses, helping them develop effective management and ownership structures, implement tax-sensitive transactions, and successfully transition through stages of business growth and equity ownership succession.  Heather has been with the firm since 2004.

About Sussman Shank LLP
Founded in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, Sussman Shank is a full-service business, litigation, and commercial bankruptcy law firm with over 30 lawyers.  Our clients include public and private companies, government entities, institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals.  While we are based in the Pacific Northwest, we frequently represent clients in court proceedings and business transactions throughout the country.  In 2015, Oregon Business Magazine named Sussman Shank as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon.”