Battalia Winston Completes Chief Tax Counsel Search for TEI

W. Patrick Evans has been appointed the Chief Tax Counsel of Tax Executives Institute, the preeminent association of in-house tax professionals worldwide. He will succeed Eli Dicker who has held the position since 2005 and who will become TEI’s Executive Director in January 2013 upon the retirement of Timothy J. McCormally. He will join TEI’s staff on November 27.
Mr. Evans currently serves as tax counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. In his new role, he will be the Institute’s lead technical tax adviser, leading a team of three other lawyers and overseeing TEI’s advocacy efforts and initiatives including those related to pending or proposed tax legislation and regulations, treaties, administrative, and judicial pronouncements.
Mr. Evans joined Skadden Arps upon his graduation with High Honors from George Washington School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as Editor-in-Chief of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. He holds B.B.A. (Accounting) and Master of Taxation degrees from Baylor University.
“We are delighted to have someone of Patrick’s caliber join TEI,” International President Carita R. Twinem said. “His wide-ranging experience in transactional tax planning, complex procedural and compliance matters, and tax policy development means he is already familiar with the issues confronting TEI and its members. What’s more, Patrick brings an extremely well-developed sense of client service coupled with broad technical experience to his new role.”
“We wish Patrick well as he becomes Chief Tax Counsel at TEI. He has been a valued colleague and his broad experience and expert skills will be invaluable to TEI and its members as they confront tax reform, the continuing globalization of tax policy and administration, and the other challenges facing the tax system,” remarked Fred Goldberg, co-head of Skadden’s tax practice.
The executive search firm of Battalia Winston and senior partner Kathryn Griffin ( led the search.
Tax Executives Institute is located in Washington, D.C. TEI’s 7,000 members operate through 55 chapters and represent more than 3,000 of the largest companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. TEI members are responsible for managing the tax affairs of their companies and contend daily with the intricacies of the tax law. TEI’s mission is to improve the tax system and to serve its members, their employers, and society generally by facilitating interaction among, and the training of, members and their staffs, by advocating its members’ views, and by promoting professionalism in both the private and government sectors. TEI is dedicated to the development of sound tax policy, compliance with and uniform enforcement of tax laws, and minimization of administration and compliance costs. These goals can be achieved, TEI believes, only through the members’ voluntary actions and their adherence to the highest standards of professional competence and integrity.



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