Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Michael A. Sykes as an Associate in the Trusts & Estates practice area in the firm’s Naples office.
Sykes joins the firm from Farmer & Associates, where he spent the last two years representing clients in tax controversy, international taxation, and fiduciary administration. He helped draft CDP requests to prevent liens and levies, Protest Letters successfully appealing deductions disallowed under passive activity loss limits, hobby loss rules, and partnerships aggregated as an appropriate economic unit, and he assisted in obtaining nearly $18 million in penalty concessions with a memorandum arguing an IRS rule was invalid under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Sykes also advised clients on inbound and outbound international tax planning and IRS disclosure programs for international information reporting and compliance.
“The firm is thrilled to have Michael join our trusts and estates practice area,” said Mark Klym, Partner-In-Charge of Hahn Loeser’s Naples Office. “Michael’s experience and knowledge will provide increased depth and support to continue to service our clients.”
Prior to Farmer & Associates, Sykes spent time as a legal intern at the University of Miami School Of Law in the bankruptcy assistance clinic where he represented pro-bono clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. He also served as a law clerk at Dean, Mead P.A. where he researched issues, briefed cases and drafted pleading and at the Brevard County Attorney’s Office as a legal intern.
Sykes received his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He then went on to receive his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation.