Mike Shaikh has joined Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice as Partner, bringing to the Firm experience in state and local tax (SALT) controversy and planning. Mike was previously at Reed Smith.

Based in California, Mike counsels clients on tax matters related to administrative audits, corporate and personal income, property, payroll and business licenses. Mike has multistate tax experience and has extensive experience before California taxing agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board, the California State Department of Tax and Fee Administration, California State Board of Equalization and the California Employment Development Department.

"We are excited to add Mike's expertise to our rapidly growing state and local tax practice in the US," said Melinda Phelan, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice. "His extensive experience will enable him to deliver immediate value to our clients operating on the West Coast."   

Active in the legal community, Mike teaches SALT law at Loyola Law School and is on the Executive Committee for the California Lawyers Association Taxation Section. He is also the former chair of both the Los Angeles County Bar Association's State and Local Tax Committee and the California State Bar's State and Local Tax Committee. Mike is a frequent author and speaker on SALT issues.

"Mike’s expertise will further enhance our leading North America tax practice, known for its deep bench strength and experience dealing with SALT issues affecting multinationals," said Colin Murray, the Firm's North American Chief Executive Officer. "We’re thrilled to add him to our growing Los Angeles office."

"I am excited to join Baker McKenzie's exceptional tax team. Baker McKenzie is one of the few firms that offers full-service SALT services across the country and has an unparalleled global tax practice covering all aspects of tax planning, policy and disputes," Mike said. 

Mike received his BS from the University of Southern California, his JD from Loyola Law School and his LLM from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington. 

Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice is one of the most highly rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. With more 300 practitioners in North America and more than 1,000 globally, the Firm’s Tax group is known for the quality of its tax advice in transactions worldwide, as well as in global tax policy, transfer pricing, indirect taxes, dispute resolution, and wealth management matters.

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