HOUSTON – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announces the addition of E. Daniel Leightman as a partner in the firm’s tax section. He will practice in the firm’s Houston office.
Prior to joining Gardere, Leightman was the Vice President of Tax at Cooper Industries, a worldwide electrical products, tools and hardware manufacturer based in Houston. He also held similar positions at Intel, the world’s largest microchip maker and manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products, as well as at Parsons Corp., an international engineering firm.
Gardere’s managing partner Steve Good says, “Dan Leightman’s addition to the Gardere team complements our stellar roster of national and international tax attorneys. His worldwide reputation, contacts, and knowledge will bring immeasurable benefit to current and future clients.”
Leightman has been responsible for international tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, global tax planning, executive compensation, transaction structure, federal and foreign income tax consequences, sales tax, and employment tax issues. He also engineered two major spin-offs. Leightman Hehas participated in more than 100 acquisitions and dispositions involving entities in more than 20 countries.
Previously, Leightman served as president of the Houston Chapter of Tax Executives Institute and on TEI’s National Board of Directors. He is a frequent speaker at many national and international tax conferences and seminars sponsored by TEI, World Trade Institute, Council for International Tax Education, Financial Times of London, American Petroleum Institute, and others. Topics have included mergers and acquisitions, foreign tax credit optimization, executive compensation, and management of worldwide effective tax rate.
He is currently the secretary of the Tax Section of the Houston Bar Association and is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Leightman is a member of the executive board of trustees of the Houston Ballet and serves on the boards of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse and the University of Houston Moores School of Music.
Leightman is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He has an L.L.M. in taxation from Boston University.