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Vinson & Elkins LLP Adds Two in D.C. Office

Vinson & Elkins LLP announced via a press release that Gary R. Huffman and Joe Garcia Jr. have joined the firm in its Washington, D.C. office. They come from the firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

“Gary and Joe are world-class lawyers who perfectly complement our existing tax practice and add depth in areas of focus such as energy, publicly traded partnerships and representation of financial institutions,” V&E Chairman Mark Kelly said. “Increasing our bandwidth in D.C. also is a key component of our firm-wide growth strategy. Having additional tax capabilities in the nation’s capital will help us better serve our international client base.”

The tax and finance firm of McKee Nelson was their home prior to its merger in 2009 with Bingham. Huffman works as an adjunct professor at the Tax Program for Georgetown University. He teaches advanced partnership taxation. He is the co-author of “Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners.” He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1988 and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

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“V&E is home to some of the best energy, capital markets, M&A and tax lawyers in the world and is built around a strong culture of collegiality and collaboration,” Huffman said. “Given V&E’s reputation as a leader in the energy space and its impressive work in international transactions, we are certain the firm is a great platform for our practice.”

The practice run by Garcia focuses on business tax issues and partnership taxation. He is a co-author of “Federal Transaction of Partnerships and Partners: Structuring and Agreements” and also graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. He was elected to the Order of the Coif and graduated from the school in 1986.

“I can’t imagine a better fit with our group than Gary and Joe,” said George M. Gerachis, head of V&E’s Tax and Employment Benefits/Executive Compensation (EBEC) Department. “We have worked on both sides of the table with Gary and Joe on numerous matters, and they are not only top-notch tax lawyers but terrific individuals. We are intent on growing our Washington-based tax practice to serve our clients around the world, and Gary and Joe will lead the charge.”

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