Cutting Your Professional Throat
Cutting Your Professional Throat isn’t science, it is art. Erin L. Fraser, Esq. of Hanson Bridgett LLP should add a Ph.D. in the subject to his resume.
We had posted a rather innocuous comment, and another commentator mentioned the same point and scolded Mr. Fraser.
Mr. Fraser has an NYU LLM in Taxation. One would think that anyone with that level of education would have taken the “Common Sense 101” course. The common sense course is usually the best way we know of to cure “Shit for Brains”.
The article itself notes that Mr. Rettig had already discussed the property in detail with members of the Senate Finance Committee. The memo to committee members was signed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, and the committee’s top Democrat, Ron Wyden of Oregon. It said committee staff raised the issue at a June 21 “due diligence meeting” and that Rettig plans to provide more details, including the full name of the property.
Julia Lawless, a spokeswoman for committee Republicans, said in an email late Wednesday that Rettig “has moved through the Finance Committee’s bipartisan vetting process in good faith, providing accurate information regarding his personal finances and other matters.”
She added that Rettig bought the properties “more than 10 years ago” and they were “disclosed and vetted in a customary way.” Members would be able “to get further clarity on this fact” during Thursday’s hearing, she added.
Rettig would be the first practicing tax lawyer to lead the IRS in two decades — a departure from prior commissioners who held high-level posts at private companies and regulatory agencies. He’d go from running a law firm with 12 attorneys to a perennially despised and underfunded bureaucracy with nearly 77,000 employees.
All of which leads us to wonder if Hanson Bridgett make the right choice in hiring Mr. Fraser, an attorney with excellent tax technical skills, at least on paper, but PISS POOR PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT. We can’t begin to understand why an associate with a major law firm would turn a rather bland article into “fake news” about the next IRS Commissioner. However, it makes him about as attractive to other employers as a mixture of horse manure and radioactive waste.