Our Spotlight series highlights the careers and lives of tax professionals around the world. This week’s Spotlight is on Lesley Adamo, a partner and vice chair of Lowenstein Sandler’s tax group in New York.
Adamo handles a wide range of tax matters, including business, partnership, and personal tax matters, as well as matters involving mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance, and tax issues specific to startup businesses. She is also a director and vice president of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, which supports and funds charitable and charitable programs to help women and children in Manhattan and beyond.
In his free time, you will probably find Adamo spending time with his two young children, participating in his book club, watching “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” or drinking “lattes on repeat.”
What is your official title and what does it mean? Being a partner and deputy head of the tax group at Lowenstein Sandler means I have the opportunity to work on interesting cases for clients in any industry and the globe but also help build a unique and fully taxed to serve my common partners.
Free time: books, audiobooks, or podcasts? I like to read. I am part of an amazing book club. We read books from different genres and always have great conversations (and great meals).
Taxes are a big issue. What is your favorite area? In summary, I help clients to organize their business transactions effectively. I especially enjoy working with startups and founders. I also enjoy working on outstanding transactions and bankruptcy cases.
What was the last movie or show you watched that you liked (DVD, Netflix, or the theater)? I like “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Since I have two small children, I don’t watch much TV, and the last show I probably watched and liked was a rerun of “Seinfeld”.
What college did you attend and what did you study? I double majored in economics and psychology at Amherst College, where I was particularly interested in behavioral economics. I received my JD from Fordham University School of Law and my LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Go pick me up: Coffee or tea? Coffee.
What is the best tax or money advice someone has ever given you? “Don’t let the tax tail call the investment dog (or life). In other words, there are other business (or lifestyle) considerations that are more important than reducing taxes. (I mean, I like to reduce taxes for my clients.)
If you didn’t work in the tax profession, what would be your dream job? Owning a coffee and wine bar.
If you had the chance to make one change in the world of taxes—an additional credit, an unallowable deduction, whatever—what would it be? State and local tax deductions will be fully refunded.
Favorite food, snack, or candy at tax time or other busy times? Lattes again.
What tax news or action most affected your business or clients this past year? We continue to see many consumers affected by the limited SALT deduction and are helping shape the process. the company’s taxes.
If you receive a large tax refund check now, what should you do with it? Investment!
You can find out more about Adamo above LinkedIn.
You can learn more about Adamo’s law firm, Lowenstein Sandler, above website.
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