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Washington, D.C. – April 7, 2015 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announced today the addition of two highly regarded tax attorneys, Shareholder Susan E. Seabrook and Counsel Caroline C. Setliffe, to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Seabrook and Setliffe will round out Buchanan’s Tax Group, focusing their practices on tax controversy and tax planning with regard to the financial, insurance and health care industries.

“We’re thrilled to have attorneys of Susan and Carol’s caliber joining the firm’s Tax Practice. Susan’s impressive background combined with Carol’s keen perspective will bring a depth of experience to our clients,” stated Bruce I. Booken, chair of the firm’s Tax Section.

“Carol and I were initially drawn to Buchanan by the passionate people and enthusiasm to invest in the future of the firm. Their highly-regarded Tax team continues to impress us with their evident business sense in the industry and continual commitment to client service.” Seabrook commented. “Buchanan’s presence and profile in Washington, D.C. was a critical factor for us and we are eager to hit the ground running.”

Buchanan’s Tax Practice offers a full range of federal, state and international tax services to their clients by partnering with them from the start to find solutions and strategies for tackling issues in the areas of business and financial transactions, general tax planning, tax controversies and litigation and estate planning.

Seabrook advises clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings, and represents clients at all levels of tax administration and in litigation. She has experience resolving matters involving complex technical and procedural issues, high profile IRS initiatives, and those involving the IRS’s invocation of judicial doctrines and anti-abuse provisions.

She previously served as a trial attorney for the IRS and as an attorney advisor in the National Office of Chief Counsel, Financial Institutions and Products. Seabrook is a three-time recipient of the IRS’s Special Act Award, once for significant issue litigation, and twice was honored for her superior performance with the IRS’s Performance Award. She served as acting assistant district counsel and was designated a special assistant U.S. attorney by the United States Attorney General. She earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver College of Law, her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Setliffe’s Tax Controversy Practice includes advising clients in connection with IRS examinations, technical advice requests, protests, IRS Appeals proceedings and refund claims, as well as representing insurance companies in tax litigation in various forums.

She has experience in both domestic and international tax planning and offers advice in connection with insurance company mergers and acquisitions, cross border transactions, offshore insurance arrangements and the tax implications of creating or operating captive insurance companies. She earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, her law degree from Syracuse and her B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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