News Article | May 6, 2017
The Internal Revenue Service provides a few ways to settle tax debts owed to them, one of which is the ‘Offer in Compromise’, which is a legitimate option for those who are unable to pay off their total tax liability amount. However, there is another alternative, it is the ‘Partial Payment’ option, also known as ‘Partial Payment Installment Agreement’ (PPIA). This plan is a recourse for people who do not qualify for the ‘Offer in Compromise’. San Diego, CA- Delia Law Firm to assist clients in applying for IRS Payment Plan The Internal Revenue Service provides a few ways to settle tax debts owed to them, one of which is the ‘Offer in Compromise’, which is a legitimate option for those who are unable to pay off their total tax liability amount. However, there is another alternative, it is the ‘Partial Payment’ option, also known as ‘Partial Payment Installment Agreement’ (PPIA). This plan is a recourse for people who do not qualify for the ‘Offer in Compromise’. The ‘Partial Payment Installment Agreement’ was introduced by the IRS with the passage of the American Jobs Creation Act and signed into law on October 22nd 2004, allowing the IRS to enter into agreements which result in either full or partial payments with individuals affected. To be eligible for this payment plan under the Fresh Start Program, taxpayers must be current on all tax returns. For taxpayers who were previously unable to fully pay their liabilities, the PPIA has come in handy to resolve unpaid tax debt by assisting those with limited payment options. San Diego Taxpayers considering the PPIA are required to provide complete and accurate financial information which will be reviewed and verified; Prior to enactment of this legislation, taxpayers that could not fully pay their outstanding tax liabilities could only enter into an agreement with the IRS if it resulted in full payment of the liability. This left taxpayer unable to meet this criterion with limited payment options. Taxpayers who are being considered for a PPIA must provide complete and accurate financial information that will be reviewed and verified. Taxpayers will also be required to address equity in assets that can be utilized to reduce or fully pay the amount of the outstanding liability. In addition, taxpayers granted PPIAs will be subject to a subsequent financial review every two years. As a result of this review, the amount of the installment payments could increase or the agreement could be terminated, if the taxpayer’s financial condition improves. The PPIA payment option will provide an appropriate payment option for many taxpayers. Those who qualify for the PPIA option will be strongly encouraged to make their payments via the direct debit option. About San Diego Tax Attorneys Delia Law Tax Firm San Diego Tax Attorneys – Delia Law is headed by founding partner Dawn Delia. Ms. Delia earned a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. with an emphasis on business and taxation law. Ms. Delia holds licenses from both New York and Maryland. Ms. Delia’s knowledge and experience in tax resolution and financial management has helped many individuals and businesses resolve their IRS tax problems. To learn more, visit https://deliataxattorneys.com/ or call us at 619-639-3336. San Diego SEO
News Article | May 4, 2017
NORRISTOWN, PA, May 04, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Pennsylvania family law attorney Melissa Boyd, a partner at High Swartz LLP, recently acted as faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Family Law Institute, held April 19 and 20 at the CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia. The Family Law Institute has become an annual tradition for family law practitioners in the Philadelphia area. The conference, which also was simulcast to numerous locations across the state, provided the latest practical information and domestic relations practice hints. Boyd spoke on "Ethics and Civility in Family Law." Mary Cushing Doherty, also a partner at High Swartz and the chair of the firm's family law practice, acted as a course planner for the Family Law Institute. A frequent presenter on family law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association, Boyd concentrates her practice on domestic relations. She is a fierce advocate for her clients in various areas including, but not limited to, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoption, protection from abuse, and juvenile law. She has dedicated her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families. Boyd is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association. She serves as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association. A graduate of Washington College and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Boyd has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named one of the Ten Leaders of Matrimonial Law in Philadelphia. Doherty has more than 35 years of legal experience in the area of family law and concentrates her practice on all aspects of marital dissolution and family law issues including divorce, child support, visitation, custody, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreement asset protection, complex property division and more. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Villanova University School of Law. High Swartz LLP is a general practice law firm serving clients in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania from offices in Norristown and Doylestown. Established in 1914, High Swartz serves the needs of businesses, municipalities, government entities, nonprofits and individuals. With offices in Bucks County and Montgomery County, the full-service law firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support to individuals and business entities of all sizes across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, go to http://www.highswartz.com.
News Article | May 1, 2017
Michelle Chapin, Tracey Coates and Kevin D'Anna Elected to Principals of the Firm For Commitment to Clients, Industry and Community BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - May 1, 2017) - Paley Rothman, a full service law firm serving corporate and individual clients throughout the Washington metropolitan area, is pleased to announce the election of Michelle Chapin, Tracey Coates and Kevin D'Anna to Principals of the firm, effective May 1, 2017. "We are proud to recognize Michelle, Tracey and Kevin for their outstanding performances and contributions," noted Paley Rothman Co-President, James R. Hammerschmidt. "We are grateful for their dedication, not only to the firm, but also to our clients and the local community, and we look forward to their continued growth and success." Michelle Chapin: A member of the firm's Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Tax and Corporate practice groups, Chapin advises individuals, families and small business owners regarding estate and gift planning needs. She provides clients with easy to understand explanations of intricate legal and tax matters and works closely with clients to create comprehensive and customized estate and business succession plans to achieve their tax and non-tax wealth preservation objectives. Chapin earned her LL.M. in Tax and Certificate in Estate Planning, with Distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center (2011); J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law (2005); and B.A., with honors, from the University of Florida (2002). Tracey Coates: A member of the firm's Family Law and Litigation practices, Coates works closely with clients representing all types of individuals and couples in a wide-range of family structures on domestic relations matters, including pre-marital agreements; divorce/separation; child custody; child support modification; enforcement of court orders and agreements; adoption; and guardianships. Previously, she clerked for then-Chief Presiding Judge John S. Leonardo of the Pima County (Ariz.) Superior Court and worked as a Staff Attorney for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore. Coates earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law (2005); and B.A from Smith College (1998). Kevin D'Anna: A member of the firm's Corporate, Nonprofits, Science & Technology and Real Estate practice groups, D'Anna provides clients with counsel on general operation and governance related to for-profit and nonprofit entities; business dispute resolutions; IP/technology licensing and transactions; private placements; negotiation of employment relationships and separations; executive compensation; mergers and acquisitions; negotiation of commercial lease agreements on behalf of tenants and landlords; and all other manner of commercial transactions. D'Anna received his J.D., cum laude, from The Catholic University of America (2008); and B.A., cum laude, from The University of Pittsburgh (2001). Founded in 1972, Paley Rothman (http://www.paleyrothman.com) is committed to listening to its corporate and individual clients to understand needs and provide practical and cost-effective solutions. The attorneys handle a wide-range of legal counsel and representation in diverse and demanding areas, including tax, real estate, employment law, estate planning, litigation and a variety of other matters for clients nationally and throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
News Article | April 27, 2017
Raisa Ahmad was previously a summer associate with the firm, in which she conducted research and prepared memos for patent litigation cases involving software and security patents, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical devices. In addition, she has experience preparing claim construction charts, invalidity contentions, and Lanham Act standing memos. Prior to law school, she was a student engineer and conducted electric-cell substrate impedance sensing analysis for the Center for the Convergence of Physical and Cancer Biology. Ahmad received her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2016 where she was senior articles editor for the Arizona Law Review and received the Dean's Achievement Award Scholarship. She received her B.S.E., magna cum laude, in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University in 2011. She is admitted to practice in Texas. Brian Apel practices patent litigation, including post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has worked for clients in the mechanical, electrical, and chemical industries and has experience in pre-suit diligence including opinion work, discovery, damages, summary judgment, and appeals. Apel also has experience in patent prosecution, employment discrimination, and First Amendment law. Before law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Apel received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016 and his B.A., with honors, in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2008. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Zoya Kovalenko Brooks focuses her practice on patent litigation, including working on teams for one of the largest high-tech cases in the country pertaining to data transmission and memory allocation technologies. She was previously a summer associate and law clerk with the firm. While in law school, she served as a legal extern at The Coca-Cola Company in the IP group. Prior to attending law school, she was an investigator intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she investigated over 20 potential discrimination cases. Brooks received her J.D., high honors, Order of the Coif, from Emory University School of Law in 2016 where she was articles editor for Emory Law Journal and her B.S., high honors, in applied mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. She is admitted to practice in Georgia. Holly Chamberlain focuses on patent prosecution in a variety of areas including the biomedical, mechanical, and electromechanical arts. She was previously a summer associate with the firm. She received her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2016 where she was an editor of Intellectual Property and Technology Forum and her B.S. in biological engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Thomas Chisena previously was a summer associate with the firm where he worked on patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation. Prior to attending law school, he instructed in biology, environmental science, and anatomy & physiology. Chisena received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2016 where he was executive editor of Penn Intellectual Property Group Online and University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 37. He also received his Wharton Certificate in Business Management in December 2015. He received his B.S. in biology from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Claire Collins was a legal intern for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office during law school. She has experience researching and drafting motions and legal memorandums. Collins received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2016 where she was a Dillard Fellow, her M.A. from Texas A&M University in 2012, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Ronald Golden, III previously served as a courtroom deputy to U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark and U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2012 where he was on the staff of Widener Law Review and was awarded "Best Overall Competitor" in the American Association for Justice Mock Trial. He received his B.A. from Stockton University in political science and criminal justice in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Delaware and New Jersey. Dr. Casey Kraning-Rush was previously a summer associate with the firm, where she focused primarily on patent litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2016 where she was managing editor of Penn Intellectual Property Group Online and awarded "Best Advocate" and "Best Appellee Brief" at the Western Regional of the AIPLA Giles Rich Moot Court. She earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2013 and has extensive experience researching cellular and molecular medicine. She received her M.S. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2012 and her B.S., summa cum laude, in chemistry from Butler University in 2008. She is admitted to practice in Delaware. Alana Mannigé was previously a summer associate with the firm and has worked on patent prosecution, patent litigation, trademark, and trade secret matters. During law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge James Donato of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She also worked closely with biotech startup companies as part of her work at the UC Hastings Startup Legal Garage. Prior to attending law school, Mannigé worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2016 where she was senior articles editor of Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. She received her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2010 and her B.A., cum laude, in chemistry from Clark University in 2007. She is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Will Orlady was previously a summer associate with the firm, in which he collaborated to research and brief a matter on appeal to the Federal Circuit. He also analyzed novel issues related to inter partes review proceedings, drafted memoranda on substantive patent law issues, and crafted infringement contentions. During law school, Orlady was a research assistant to Professor Kristin Hickman, researching and writing on administrative law. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2016 where he was lead articles editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology and his B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. Jessica Perry previously was a summer associate and law clerk with the firm, where she worked on patent and trademark litigation. During law school, she was an IP & licensing analyst, in which she assisted with drafting and tracking material transfer agreement and inter-institutional agreements. She also worked with the Boston University Civil Litigation Clinic representing pro bono clients with unemployment, social security, housing, and family law matters. Prior to law school, she was a senior mechanical design engineer for an aerospace company. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2016 where she was articles editor of the Journal of Science and Technology Law, her M.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009, and her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2007. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Taufiq Ramji was previously a summer associate with the firm, in which he researched legal issues that related to ongoing litigation and drafted responses to discovery requests and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions. Prior to attending law school, Ramji worked as a software developer. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2016. He is admitted to practice in California. Charles Reese has worked on matters before various federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His litigation experience includes drafting dispositive, evidentiary, and procedural motions; arguing in federal district court; and participating in other stages of litigation including discovery, appeal, and settlement negotiation. Previously, he was a summer associate with the firm. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2016 where he was articles editor of Harvard Law Review, his A.M. in organic and organometallic chemistry from Harvard University in 2012, and his B.S., summa cum laude, in chemistry from Furman University in 2010. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Ethan Rubin was previously a summer associate and law clerk with the firm. During law school, he worked at a corporation's intellectual property department in which he prepared and prosecuted patents relating to data storage systems. He also worked as a student attorney, advocating for local pro bono clients on various housing and family law matters. Rubin received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2016 where he was articles editor of Boston College Law Review, his M.S. in computer science from Boston University in 2013, and his B.A., magna cum laude, in criminal justice from George Washington University in 2011. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Pooya Shoghi focuses on patent prosecution, including portfolio management, application drafting, client counseling, and standard essential patent development. Prior to joining the firm, he was a patent practitioner at a multinational technology company, where he was responsible for the filing and prosecution of U.S. patent applications. During law school, he was a legal intern at a major computer networking technology company, where he focused on issues of intellectual property licensing in the software arena. He received his J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2014 where he was executive managing editor of Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, in computer science (2015) and his B.A., summa cum laude, in political science (2011) from Georgia State University. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tucker Terhufen focuses his practice on patent litigation in federal district courts as well as before the International Trade Commission for clients in the medical devices, life sciences, chemical, and electronics industries. Prior to joining Fish, he served as judicial extern to the Honorable David G. Campbell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and to the Honorable Mary H. Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2016 where he was note and comment editor of Arizona State Law Journal and received a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology with a specialization in Intellectual Property. He received his B.S.E., summa cum laude, in chemical engineering from Arizona State University. He is admitted to practice in California. Laura Whitworth was previously a summer associate with the firm. During law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She received her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2016 where she was senior federal circuit editor of American University Law Review and senior patent editor of Intellectual Property Brief. She received her B.S. in chemistry from the College of William & Mary in 2013. She is admitted to practice in Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Jack Wilson was previously a summer associate with the firm. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mark Davis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to attending law school, he served in the United States Army. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from William & Mary Law School in 2016 where he was on the editorial staff of William & Mary Law Review and his B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Virginia in 2009. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Fish & Richardson is a global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S. and Europe. Our success is rooted in our creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences, and perspectives. Fish is the #1 U.S. patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases than its nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright firm; and the #1 firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with more cases than any other firm. Since 1878, Fish attorneys have been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the world's most innovative and influential technology leaders. For more information, visit https://www.fr.com or follow us at @FishRichardson. 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News Article | February 15, 2017
DETROIT, MI--(Marketwired - February 13, 2017) - SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, is pleased to announce that Tom Butcavage, Sam D'Amico, Mark Kranz and David Varner have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. The recognition reflects their significant contributions to architecture and society and achievement of a standard of excellence in the profession. The four from SmithGroupJJR will be among the 178 new Fellows recognized at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, to be held April 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. Tom Butcavage, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a SmithGroupJJR vice president and leader of the Higher Education Studio at the firm's Washington, DC office. He has spent the past 20 years as a pioneer in the programming, planning and design of award-winning and nationally significant higher education facilities across the U.S., ranging from instructional facilities and student centers to libraries and professional schools. Butcavage is widely recognized for his unparalleled expertise in law school design. He has led more than 20 law school projects, each containing a variety of spaces for specialized instruction, research and legal skills development. Among his most recently completed law schools are the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, American University Washington College of Law, George State University College of Law, and New York Law School - all which exemplify cutting-edge environments for modern legal education. Presently, he is leading the design of a number of new professional education facilities at the University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgetown University. A frequent presenter at national academic conferences such as the Society for College and University Planning, American Bar Association and Association of College Unions International, Butcavage speaks on topics including the design of student spaces and maximizing student engagement through new facilities. He has served as a critic and lecturer at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. Butcavage is a graduate of Columbia University with a Master of Architecture, preceded by a BA in art history at Swarthmore College. His is a resident of Washington, DC's Shepherd Park neighborhood. Sam D'Amico, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a SmithGroupJJR vice president and design leader for the firm's Health Practice. Based at its San Francisco office, he is now commencing his 35th year practicing architecture throughout the U.S. as well as parts of Asia. D'Amico approaches every project with a specific architectural response that integrates the client's culture, context and place. His design tenets include the integration of daylight, nature and art into the healthcare environment to improve the healing process. D'Amico has designed for world-class teaching institutions and national leaders in healthcare such as the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Barnes Jewish Hospital. Currently, D'Amico is design principal for a new medical office building and bed tower, part of a multi-year expansion program for Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California. His design of the new Robley Rex Veteran Administration Medical Center, a 1.2 million-square-foot replacement hospital to be constructed in Louisville, Kentucky, led to SmithGroupJJR's award of a prestigious AIA Academy of Architecture National Health Design Award, Unbuilt Category. Another D'Amico design, for the Fuwai Huazhong Cardiovascular and Heart Hospital, Zhenghou, Henan Province, China, was the recipient of an AIA San Francisco Citation Award for unbuilt design. At SmithGroupJJR, D'Amico is a member of the firm's National Design Committee. In 2016, he served as a featured panelist at firm's public forum on design, Perspectives, for a program titled, "The Fusion of Art and Architecture." A graduate from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, the Houston, Texas native now resides in Lafayette, California, where he is on the Board of the city's Improvement Association. Mark Kranz, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and design director at SmithGroupJJR, is known for his elegant and synthesized solutions for research and higher education environments across the U.S. As the designer of projects recognized by a total of 27 AIA design awards to-date, he believes that each has the potential for excellence, regardless of budget or constraints. Kranz, who is based at the firm's Phoenix office, is an advocate of pushing the boundaries of innovation and sustainability. He designed the LEED Platinum Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado, leading a complex team and design vision for a high performance/ultra-low energy building later honored as R&D Magazine's "Lab of the Year." His design of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Center for Excellence, located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii, was the recipient of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) 2015 Commander's Award for Design Excellence. Among Kranz's projects currently underway is the $82 million Engineering Building, now under construction at the University of Texas at Dallas. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the new, 208,000-square-foot building will house the university's rapidly growing mechanical engineering program. He is also serving design principal for the new $60 million San Diego County Crime Laboratory, slated to be completed in 2019. Kranz was elected to the SmithGroupJJR Board of Directors in 2015 and is a member of the firm's National Design Committee and Science & Technology Practice. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies, followed by a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. He now resides in Phoenix. David Varner, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is vice president and director of the firm's 200-person office in Washington, DC, located in the 1700 New York Avenue building in the heart of DC's monumental core. Varner is known for his talent in discovering and celebrating hidden environmental, economic and design opportunities in existing buildings. His special expertise and success in creating new value for owners, communities and cities through such building transformation is well demonstrated with the complete transformation of the 2.1 million-square-foot, Constitution Center, a repositioning of a 1960's property into the largest, privately-owned office building in Washington, DC. Certified LEED Gold, the building today is not only highly energy-efficient, but secure, elegant and fully leased. Varner is currently serving as SmithGroupJJR's principal-in-charge for one of the District's most exciting new buildings now under construction: the $60 million, 150,000-square-foot, DC Water Headquarters. When completed in late 2017 along the waterfront of the Anacostia River, the new building will set a new standard for low-energy, high-performance and resilient waterfront development. As a result of his expertise in existing buildings, transformation, planning and mixed-use development, Varner is frequently invited to join interdisciplinary panels of some of the nation's most significant leadership groups. In 2015 he was elected a Trustee of the Federal City Council, a position that catalyzes the collaboration of key business leaders in Washington, DC to solve challenging problems across the city. He is a long-time member of the Urban Land Institute and currently on its exclusive Redevelopment and Reuse Council. Varner has been a member of the SmithGroupJJR Board of Directors since 2011. He is graduate of Rice University with dual degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture and art/art history and a Bachelor of Architecture. A native of Houston, Texas, Varner now lives in Arlington, Virginia. The American Institute of Architects Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. SmithGroupJJR (www.smithgroupjjr.com) is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm, employing more than 1,100 across 10 offices. In May 2016, SmithGroupJJR was ranked as one of the nation's top architecture firms by Architect magazine's Architect 50. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 420 LEED professionals and 160 LEED certified projects.
News Article | February 28, 2017
WASHINGTON, 28. Februar 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Am 27. Februar 2017 wandte sich der Systemic Risk Council (SRC) mit einer Grundsatzerklärung an die Finanzminister, Staatsoberhäupter, Finanzchefs und Vorsitzende der Legislativausschüsse der G20-Staaten. „Der SRC hat unsere Ansicht zu den wichtigsten Komponenten für ein sicheres Finanzsystem auf Papier festgehalten", erklärte Sir Paul Tucker, Vorsitzender des SRC. Er sagte weiter: „Angesichts der fortdauernden Debatten auf globaler Ebene, der potentiellen Veränderungen in der US-Politik bei der Systemstabilität und der anhaltenden Probleme in Europa, steht der SRC bereit, um konkrete Kommentare und Empfehlungen zu geben, damit sich politische Entscheidungsträger weiterhin für ein starkes Finanzsystem einsetzen." Der Systemic Risk Council wurde vom CFA Institute gegründet, einer weltweiten Organisation mit über 147.000 Investmentexperten, die sich für die Interessen von Investoren einsetzen und Maßstäbe für die professionelle Exzellenz im Finanzsektor setzen. In ihrer Grundsatzerklärung hob der SRC die enorme Bedeutung der fünf Grundpfeiler des globalen Reformprogramms hervor: 1. Anordnung einer deutlich höheren Common Tangible Equity für Banken, um das Bankrottrisiko zu senken, wobei einzelne Unternehmen mehr Eigenkapital beisteuern müssen, damit die sozialen und ökonomischen Folgen eines Bankenbankrotts für sie schwerer wiegen; 3. Befähigung für Behörden, eine systemweite Ansicht zu vertreten, über die sie die Belastbarkeit aller Mittelsmänner und Marktaktivitäten unabhängig von deren formellen Art gewährleisten können, die materiell für die Belastbarkeit des Systems in ihrer Gesamtheit relevant sind; 4. Vereinfachung des Netzwerks der Erkennung unter den Mittelsmännern über ein Mandat, über das soweit wie möglich eine zentrale Abwicklung von Derivattransaktionen vonseiten zentraler Gegenparteien erfolgt, die über alle Maßen belastbar sind; und 5. Umsetzung von erweiterten Regelwerken zur Klärung von Finanzmittlern jeglicher Form, Größe und Nationalität, damit selbst in einer Krisenzeit wichtige Dienste für Privatpersonen und Unternehmen ohne Solvenzhilfe für Steuerzahler aufrechterhalten werden – ein System, bei dem Anleihegläubiger angelockt werden, anstatt dass eine Bank in den Notverkauf flüchtet. Der SRC mahnt an, dass sich derzeit angesichts der Schuldenkrise und der makroökonomischen Ungleichgewichte nicht ausgeruht werden oder das globale Reformprogramm gelockert werden darf, um Krisensituationen auf dem Weg zur Erholung abzudämpfen. Es sollte sich weiterhin vorrangig um die Stabilität des Finanzsystems gekümmert werden. Die ungekürzte Version der Grundsatzerklärung finden Sie hier: http://www.systemicriskcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Systemic-Risk-Council-Policy-Statement-to-G20-Leaders.pdf. Der unabhängige, überparteiliche Systemic Risk Council (www.systemicriskcouncil.org) wurde gegründet, um die ordnungspolitische Reform in den USA und an den globalen Kapitalmärkten hinsichtlich des Systemrisikos zu überwachen und anzutreiben. Der SRC wird vom CFA Institute finanziert, ein globaler Verbund von mehr als 147.000 Investmentexperten, die sich für die Interessen von Investoren einsetzen und Maßstäbe für die professionelle Exzellenz im Finanzsektor setzen. Der SRC arbeitet auf gemeinschaftliche Weise und einigt sich gemeinsam auf Empfehlungen. Die Erklärungen, Dokumente und Empfehlungen des privaten, ehrenamtlichen SRC entsprechen nicht in allen Fällen den Ansichten des CFA Institute. Chair (Vorsitzender): Sir Paul Tucker – Akademiker an der Harvard Kennedy School und ehemaliger Deputy Governor der Bank of England Chair Emeritus: Sheila Bair – Hochschulpräsidentin am Washington College und ehemalige Vorsitzende der FDIC Baroness Sharon Bowles – ehemalige Abgeordnete des Europäischen Parlaments und ehemalige Vorsitzende des Ausschusses für Wirtschaft und Währung vom Europaparlament Jan Pieter Krahnen – Professor für Kreditwirtschaft und Finanzierung an der Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt und Direktor des Centres for Financial Studies Ira Millstein – Senior Partner von Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP John Reed – ehemaliger Vorsitzender und Geschäftsführer von Citicorp und Citibank Lord Adair Turner – ehemaliger Vorsitzender der britischen Financial Services Authority und ehemaliger Vorsitzender des Financial Stability Boards vom Standing Committee on Supervisory and Regulatory Cooperation Nout Wellink – ehemaliger Präsident der niederländischen Zentralbank und ehemaliger Vorsitzender des Basel Committee on Banking Supervision * Die Zugehörigkeiten werden nur zu Erkennungszwecken angegeben. SRC-Mitglieder vertreten ihre Ansichten als unabhängige Personen. Die Aussagen in diesem Brief beruhen auf ihren persönlichen Ansichten und nicht den Ansichten der Organisationen, für die sie tätig sind.