Lawyer recognized by Chambers USA professional guide

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By Kurt Anthony Krug
Legal News

It was during his tenure with the Internal Revenue Service from 1992-96 – specifically in the Employee Plans Division – that inspired Gary M. Remer to pursue a career in law.

“I was with the IRS for five years. During that time with the IRS, I audited all kinds of retirement plans. The majority of my interaction when auditing was with attorneys. I was always very impressed how they were able to use the law or put a spin on it to their client’s advantage. To me, that was an amazing skill,” said Remer, 44, a shareholder in the law firm of Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C. in Southfield.

A 1985 alumnus of Oak Park High School, Remer graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University in 1990 with a degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant. He graduated from what is now the Michigan State University College of Law in 1997. A practicing attorney for 15 years, he specializes in the areas of employee benefits, corporate law, taxation, and estate planning. He has lectured extensively on qualified retirement plans and other tax topics. He also co-authored “The Insider’s Guide to IRS Plan Audits.”

Remer recently was recognized by Chambers USA, a professional guide that ranks the leading law firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. His name is published online and in the guidebook published by Chambers USA, which is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the nation and world. It is also widely used by law firms throughout all 50 states for referral purposes.

“They recognized me for being one of the top employee benefits attorneys in Michigan for 2011,” said Remer, who lives in West Bloomfield with his wife, Danielle, and their two children. “I’m honored. I get to work with clients, enjoy problem-solving – it energizes me when you’re able to come with a solution to help them. That’s the same reason I went into law – I was interested in helping my clients.”

Contrary to popular belief, Remer stated that the IRS is not the evil government entity as it has been demonized in the entertainment media. Quite the contrary, he has high praise for the IRS and looks back upon his time there fondly.

“It was a great place to work. I learned a lot and met a lot of great people,” he said. “People have to realize that IRS agents are not trying to take a pound of flesh from somebody; they’re enforcing the rules.”