AUSTIN – Reed Smith expanded its nationally recognized state tax practice in the Lone Star State with the addition of Danielle Ahlrich, formerly a name partner at Martens, Todd, Leonard & Ahlrich. Ahlrich joins the firm’s Austin office.

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“Danielle has focused her career on Texas state tax issues, with an emphasis on tax audits and the litigation of controversies involving the state’s sales and use and franchise taxes,” said Kyle Sollie, Head of Reed Smith’s State Tax Group. “She is very well-regarded in this field and adds to our ability to provide one-stop for any company’s need for state tax advice and representation.”

Ahlrich principally represents taxpayers challenging assessments and seeking refunds of overpaid taxes before the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings, in state district courts, and on appeal. She frequently writes and speaks on state tax topics and leverages her extensive knowledge and experience to successfully litigate and settle client controversies.

“Reed Smith has the largest and strongest state tax platform in the U.S., which will allow me to build and expand my practice considerably, as well as to provide boots-on-the ground in Texas for Reed Smith clients with Texas tax issues,” said Ahlrich. “The firm’s collaborative culture and the opportunity to team with the very best tax attorneys in the nation drew me to the firm.”

Before joining her previous firm in 2012, Ahlrich was a staff attorney at the Texas Department of Insurance. A 2009 graduate of Baylor University School of Law, she was named a “Texas Rising Star” in business tax by SuperLawyers from 2017 through 2019 and a “Texas Super Lawyer” for 2020.

“Danielle will be an excellent resource for this office and our clients who do business in Texas,” said Jeff Layne, Managing Partner of the firm’s Austin office. “Her knowledge of the state’s complex tax landscape is extensive, her litigation record is outstanding, and there will be many opportunities for our firm’s other Texas lawyers to collaborate with Danielle when their clients encounter Texas state tax issues and concerns.”