CHICAGO – Global law firm Reed Smith today has announced the addition of Paul Bogdanski as partner in the firm’s State Tax practice in Chicago. Formerly a director in Grant Thornton’s Chicago State and Local Tax practice, Paul’s previous experience includes more than 12 years in the public sector.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2006, he served as Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Revenue from 1998 to 2006 and was an Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office from 1992 to 1998.

“Paul brings more than 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge about Illinois tax regulations and processes,” said Lee Zoeller, head of the Reed Smith State Tax Group. “He worked for several years with Reed Smith Chicago-based State Tax Partner David Dorner in the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the two have maintained a strong working relationship since then. With his most recent work at a major national accounting firm, he has a tremendous network of contacts nationwide, as well as a broad base and substantive knowledge of state and local tax across the U.S. Paul is a tremendous asset to our team and key to our strategic efforts to continue to expand our State Tax practice in the Midwest.”

While working in public accounting, Paul assisted clients with their state and local tax controversies, including audit defense and various levels of administrative appeals. He also advised companies on the tax implications of transactional matters, and, where necessary, he helped management address tax exposures in an efficient and effective manner. Finally, he provided guidance on complex state and local tax laws and regulations to clients in numerous industries and geographies. Paul will continue to provide these services to our clients, and in addition, as an experienced litigator, he will be able to assist clients whose state and local tax matters require legal proceedings.