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Saul Ewing Partners Harry D. Shapiro and George Asimos to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís Structuring and Defending Conservation Easements Under IRC Section 170(h)

New York, NY, April 11, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Saul Ewing Partners Harry D. Shapiro and George Asimos will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Structuring and Defending Conservation Easements under IRC Section 170(h).” This event is scheduled for June 6, 2016 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Harry D. Shapiro

Harry D. Shapiro is a partner with Saul Ewing LLP, where his practice focuses on taxation law, tax litigation and tax-exempt organizations and financing law. He has handled matters for multinational companies, non-U.S. corporations having U.S. businesses, pass-through entities, professional associations and wealthy individuals, as well as numerous tax-exempt organizations such as schools, hospitals, land trusts, public charities and private foundations and municipalities. Mr. Shapiro has been trying civil tax cases and arguing appeals all over the country for over 50 years. He is a former chair of the Saul Ewing Tax Practice, is a U.S. Justice Department Honor Law Graduate, has had the Super Lawyer designation since 2007, served 2 terms on the Maryland State Board of Education; and received the Chairman’s Award from the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brandeis School of Law. In addition to his federal tax focus, Mr. Shapiro has represented numerous multi-state and Maryland corporations in Maryland income tax, sales and use tax and property tax matters. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Louisville and his J.D. degree from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the American Bar Association, Taxation Section; Maryland State Bar Association, Taxation Section; the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association.

About George Asimos

George Asimos, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Saul Ewing, LLP, working from their offices in Harrisburg, Chesterbrook and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His legal work extends to all aspects of real estate. He has participated in the negotiating and drafting of hundreds of conservation easements protecting more than 100,000 acres of land in more than a dozen states, representing both conservation organizations and landowners. He has been counsel to the North American Land Trust based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania since its founding in 1992. He has negotiated conservation easements with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pheasants Forever, the Willistown Conservation Trust, the Brandywine Conservancy, the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, the Natural Lands Trust, Chester County, and various local governments. For eight years he was a member of the Environmental Committee of the Brandywine Conservancy. He is presently a member of the Policy Committee of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. He is also presently on the Board of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and of Chester County 2020. He is a regular speaker at events of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. He has also presented the subject of Conservation Easements for education programs of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

About Saul Ewing LLP

Saul Ewing LLP has 270 attorneys providing sophisticated legal services from offices in 11 locations along the East Coast. Our clients include regional, national and international businesses and nonprofits, individuals and entrepreneurs. The firm maintains offices in Philadelphia, Chesterbrook, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Newark and Princeton, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Washington, D.C.; and New York, NY. The firm is led by a managing partner and Executive Committee, and supported by department chairs and office managing partners. In addition, Saul Ewing has a professional staff of more than 330 employees. Our attorneys employ a unique cross-practice and collaborative approach in client engagements, often working seamlessly from several of the firm's offices as one team. Saul Ewing's client services team approach ensures that the experience and talents of our attorneys are aligned with the needs of our clients.

Event Synopsis:

Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code allows an income tax deduction to landowners of real estate who self-impose restrictions on the use and development of their land in order to achieve specified conservation purposes. This is accomplished by granting a conservation easement, permanently binding on the land, to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization or government agency. The IRS has been more closely scrutinizing and, in some instances, challenging conservation easements in recent years. Various issues in the creation and valuation of conservation easements have been litigated and more cases are pending. Nevertheless, Congress recently showed its support for the charitable donation of conservation easements by permanently approving enhanced income tax benefits. Conservation easements remain an important tax and estate planning tool and an effective, environmentally and socially valuable act of charity with substantial community benefits. In this Knowledge Group Live webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals will help you understand the most critical issues affecting the implementation and defense of conservation easements.

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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