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January 11, 2008 - Taxation Names New Chief Legal Counsel

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Taxation today announced that Christine Mesirow will soon be joining the department as its new chief legal counsel.

Mesirow, who lives in Columbus, will also serve as a deputy tax commissioner for the department starting on Feb. 4. She currently works for the office of Attorney General Marc Dann as assistant chief of the taxation section.

Before joining the public sector, Mesirow served as in-house legal counsel for corporations including Electronic Data Systems Inc., where she focused on state and local tax matters. She has also worked as a manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and with Bricker & Eckler LLP, where she represented clients before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.

Mesirow was selected by Levin after a three-month search. She replaces Fred Nicely, who left the department on Sept. 14, 2007 to accept a role in the private sector.

“Mesirow brings a wealth of legal experience to the Department of Taxation, and we’re pleased to have her on our team,” Ohio Tax Commissioner Richard A. Levin said.

William Riesenberger, who had served as acting chief legal counsel for the department since Nicely’s departure, will be promoted from his former role as legal counsel for the department’s Sales and Use Tax Division to assistant chief legal counsel for the entire department.


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