Withers' US growth continues with addition of corporate, income tax and estate planning team in California


International law firm Withers welcomes a significant new team of corporate, income tax and estate planning attorneys to its US practice, which is a specific focus of strategic growth in 2019. Partners Charles Kolstad and S. Eva Wolf and associate Kim Jackson join the firm in Los Angeles from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

Charles Kolstad advises on international, corporate and partnership tax issues and tax controversy cases. He represents a wide range of clients, many of whom are leading figures in the film and music industries on a variety of tax and corporate matters. S. Eva Wolf advises on family wealth transfers, tax planning, succession planning, trust and probate administration, charitable giving matters and estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax controversy cases. Having worked for four years as an attorney at the Internal Revenue Service, Eva has a comprehensive knowledge of transfer tax compliance issues.

Withers has been expanding its presence on the West Coast since opening its Los Angeles office in 2015 with the hire of a large team from McKenna Long & Aldridge and other firms. Los Angeles-based partner Elizabeth Bawden, estate and charitable gift planning attorney, and Of Counsel Paul Sczudlo, cross-border and entertainment tax planning attorney, will work alongside the new team, as will similarly focused colleagues across California, the US and Withers’ international office network. Charles will provide expanded corporate and income tax capabilities supporting the California offices, complementing partner Michael Brophy’s trust and succession disputes, family business and commercial litigation, and intellectual property practice.

Ivan Sacks, Withers’ chairman, comments: “We are committing our resources to doubling our strengths in the US, and the arrival of Charles, Eva and their team represents a major step forward for our practice in Los Angeles, and a great boost to our West Coast presence more broadly. The team’s skills and substantial network of clients and contacts across the entertainment, technology and wealth planning sectors will help us drive forward the growth of our local business, as well as offer a stronger and more comprehensive set of services to our clients in California. We look forward to announcing further exciting developments as our expansion program continues.”