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Brent A. Auberry Partner Faegre Baker DanielsTax Advocacy
Work Phone: +1 317 237 1076 Website: View Full Bio

For more than a decade, Brent Auberry has practiced in the area of state and local taxation.  Licensed in Indiana, Brent has represented property taxpayers across the Hoosier State in real and personal property tax assessment appeals and economic development / abatement matters – including manufacturers, utility companies, big box retailers, wind farm operators, riverboat casinos, banks, and shopping mall owners.  He has represented numerous taxpayers before the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Indiana Tax Court regarding assessments of sales / use tax and income tax.  He has appeared in more than 60 Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme Court cases on behalf of taxpayers in property, income, gaming and sales / use tax appeals.  Brent also drafts tax legislation and advocates for tax policy changes before the Indiana General Assembly.  Before entering private practice, Brent served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Fisher, Indiana Tax Court, from 1999-2001. Brent writes on multistate and local tax topics, and is the co-author of the Indiana Chapter for the ABA’s Property Tax Deskbook.

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David A. Suess Partner Faegre Baker DanielsTax Advocacy
Work Phone: +1 317 237 1074 Website: View Full Bio

Focusing his legal practice on resolving disputes involving state and local taxes, David Suess of Faegre Baker Daniels has deep experience in property tax, wagering tax, and valuation of commercial, industrial and gaming properties for tax purposes. He has represented taxpayers before Indiana and Illinois tax agencies on a variety of tax matters. David always works to resolve clients’ tax problems without the need for litigation, but when that is not possible, he represents clients in all phases of litigation through administrative, court and appellate proceedings. David’s expertise also involves a variety of property tax and gaming tax issues, including complex appeals. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, he was a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis. After earning his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, he practiced for a year at Jenner & Block in Illinois before accepting a clerkship with the Honorable Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Prior to law school, David worked as a translator-interpreter for a manufacturer in Lafayette, Indiana.

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Colby A. Kingsbury Partner Faegre Baker DanielsLitigation & Advocacy
Work Fax: +1 312 212 6573 Website: View Full Bio

Colby Kingsbury is a litigator at Faegre Baker Daniels with extensive experience in managing a broad range of matters. Her practice areas include commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation and employment litigation. She is a leader of the firm’s food and agriculture industry group and supports firmwide lawyers representing companies in those industries. Colby’s commercial litigation practice includes breach of contract, fiduciary duties, representations and warranties, and construction defect issues, including success reducing employment taxes before the Illinois Department of Security. In intellectual property, she focuses on patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, licensing, advertising and damages issues. Colby also has significant experience in employment disputes, including trade secret misappropriation, covenants not to compete and discrimination. Her legal work has incorporated a variety of industries, such as digitally-controlled fuel systems, airlines, gaming technology, telecommunications, lawn statuary, consulting, packaged food, snack products, high-tech glass, computer software, packaging and sports. Colby, who devotes significant time to pro bono service, was the 2009 recipient of the ACLU’s Annetta Dieckmann Award and the 2013 recipient of the Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award by the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation.

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Benjamin A. Blair Associate Faegre Baker DanielsTax Advocacy
Work Phone: +1 317 237 1206 Website: View Full Bio

Ben Blair is an associate in the Faegre Baker Daniels tax group, where he concentrates his practice on multistate tax litigation and planning for corporations, partnerships and charitable organizations. Ben has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including gaming, energy and resources, manufacturing, real estate, and retail. Ben regularly writes on state and local tax topics, and is an active member of the Tax Sections of both the American Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Association.

While a student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Ben worked for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the state agency charged with enforcing the state’s unemployment tax system, and clerked for the Honorable K. Mark Loyd of the Johnson County Circuit Court. Ben also spent two years working in finance for a division of Emerson Electric Co. while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Financial Information Systems. Ben is involved with several Indianapolis community organizations, including Young Professionals of Central Indiana and FORTE, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s organization for young professionals.

Follow Ben on Twitter: @BenBlairEsq

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Jacqueline M. Pimentel-Gannon Associate Faegre Baker DanielsNonprofit Organizations
Work Phone: +1 317 569 4838 Website: View Full Bio

At Faegre Baker Daniels, Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon advises nonprofit clients on matters ranging from formation and governance issues to tax exemption applications. She assists clients with compliance matters and helps determine eligibility of grantees for private foundations. Jacqueline also provides general legal services to organizations that are exempt from federal and state income taxes. In addition, she assists clients with property transfers and title and survey issues and concerns. Her experience includes successfully navigating through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) TPA (transfer of physical assets) process and aiding clients with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance matters and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) issues. Active in providing pro bono services, Jacqueline was honored by the National Immigrant Justice Center with a 2014 Rising Star Award for extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice and generosity in providing high quality pro bono services to clients with complex immigration cases. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and Spanish, Jacqueline earned M.Ed., MBA and J.D. degrees — all from the University of Notre Dame.

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