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Breann serves as an innovator and significant contributor at the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) meetings. She has testified at length at each of the BOE’s monthly meetings Robowski1-1024x576since September 2020 as a member of the Collaborative Workgroup on Remote Hearings—the task force created by the BOE to pioneer the implementation of virtual Assessment Appeals Board (AAB) hearings as an alternative to in-person hearings due to the safety concerns and conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading ›



Pillsbury SALT is excited to welcome Senior Law Clerk, Melissa Libutti to our team! Melissa focuses on tax controversy, from audit defense through litigation, and also counsels on multistate tax planning and structuring matters. Melissa previously clerked for Pillsbury during Law School at Fordham University and we are thrilled to have her on the team permanently. She will join our New York-based team.

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Pillsbury SALT is pleased to welcome Zachary Atkins to the team!

Zack previously served as a deputy general counsel to Fitzgerald USA handling a diverse range of projects from tax to corporate matters. Prior to joining Fitzgerald, his practice focused primarily on state and local tax issues as an associate at Eversheds Sutherland from 2010 to 2017.

He will join Pillsbury’s Nashville office as a special counsel, expanding our nationwide SALT practice.

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CPA and former Big 4 associate, Afshin Khazaeli joins Pillsbury SALT!

Afshin advises clients on a variety of state and local tax matters, including controversy, planning, and audit defense, across all state and local tax types, including sales and use, income, franchise, and property tax. Pillsbury SALT is thrilled to welcome him to our award-winning team. Afshin is based in Pillsbury’s Sacramento office.

5 Questions with Afshin

  1. Who inspires you?
    I’m inspired by my father and his relentlessness.
  2. What drew you to the law?
    I love being a trusted advocate for my clients.
  3. What aspect of State and Local Tax law do you find most interesting?
    State and local tax is constantly changing, evolving and adapting.
  4. What has been your most challenging or rewarding case?
    Each case has been uniquely challenging, and the most rewarding cases are when I help my clients achieve unexpectedly great results.
  5. What is your go-to comfort food?
    Persian food! Reminds me of my mother’s cooking and being back at home.

Welcome to Pillsbury SALT, Afshin!

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