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Freeman Freeman & Smiley Continues Growth in Los Angeles With the Addition of H. Jacob Lager

LOS ANGELES (August 21, 2014) — The law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP, continues to strengthen its transactional practice in Los Angeles with the addition of H. Jacob Lager as partner in its Business Transactions and Tax, Tax Planning, Advice and Controversy, and Estate Planning practices.  Lager joins Freeman Freeman & Smiley from Zuber, Lawler & Del Duca.

Lager’s practice is concentrated in domestic tax, international taxation, and trust and estate matters.  He possesses extensive experience in the structuring of business transactions, and advising domestic and cross-border clients on tax implications related to corporate mergers, asset acquisitions, spin-offs, and debt exchanges.  Lager frequently assists foreign entities in tax efficient investments in U.S. corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.  Additionally, Lager advises his estate clients in estate taxations, generation-skipping taxation, fiduciary income tax and post-mortem tax planning.  He has advocated for clients through tax dispute resolution, from state and federal administrative hearings to the federal appellate level.

Steven Ziven, managing partner, added “The addition of Jake continues to build on our strong business and tax transactional practice.  His experience in international taxation further enhances our ability to offer clients top-tier counsel on cross-border tax and planning controversy matters.  We welcome him to the firm.”

Lager holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley.

Lager joins on the heels of other recent hires: Theodore Stolman and Carol Chow in the Bankruptcy Practice of the Los Angeles office.

About Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP
Since its inception in 1976, Freeman Freeman & Smiley has developed a nationally recognized law practice specializing in the areas of Real Estate Transactions, Business Transactions and Tax Planning, Securities Regulation, Bankruptcy, Commercial and Securities Litigation, Employment, Estate Planning, Charitable and Non-Profit Organization Planning.  The full-service law firm delivers results while remaining committed to the best practices and resources at reasonable rates, providing big firm expertise with the accessibility and personal service of a small firm.  For more information, visit