Head Of Estate/Tax Planning FirmJoins Proskauer Rose In Boca Raton, FL

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 01:00

Proskauer Rose LLP announced that David Pratt has been named a partner in the firm's Boca Raton office. The founder and head of Pratt & Bucher LLP, a Boca Raton estate andtax planning firm,Mr. Pratt joins Proskauer's Personal Planning Department and will focus his practice on estate, trust and tax planning.

Mr. Pratt is Florida Board Certified in both taxation and wills and trusts and estates and is AV Rated. He serves as chair of the American Bar Association's Fiduciary Income Tax Committee, is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and is chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Mr. Pratt has written numerous articles for legal and finance journals throughout his career and is a frequent lecturer at various national and local tax and estate planning conferences such as the New York University Tax Institute and the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute.

In addition, Mr. Pratt has held numerous leadership positions with the Tax Section of the Florida Bar and is a past president of both the Palm Beach and Boca Raton Tax Institutes. Mr. Pratt has served on numerous committees and sections of the Florida Bar and American Bar Association and has served with a number of prominent community groups in Palm Beach County.

Coming to Proskauer with Mr. Pratt is Elaine Bucher, who is joining as senior counsel, two additional attorneys and several legal and staff assistants. Ms. Bucher is a Florida board certified wills, trusts and estates attorney and is AV Rated.

Proskauer Rose also has announced that former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has joined the firm's Boston office as counsel. Mr. Harshbarger will add greater depth to Proskauer's Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations practice.

Mr. Harshbarger was most recently a partner at Boston-based Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, where he established the firm's Strategic Litigation/Corporate Governance practice, working with clients on matters involving fiduciary responsibility, governmental and fraud investigations and the development of governance programs.

Mr. Harshbarger served as Massachusetts Attorney General from 1991 to 1999. During his tenure, he reformed and expanded the office and gained national recognition as the first Attorney General in the nation to use consumer protection laws to regulate handguns. He also led the effort to deregulate the energy industry in Massachusetts as well as spearheaded initiatives in the areas of public corruption, elder protection and white-collar crime prosecution.