Morgan Lewis tax lawyer is in spotlight for helping Trump with asset trust
A tax partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took center stage on Wednesday when she appeared at a press conference to explain the steps the president elect is taking to deal with conflicts issues related to his business.
The lawyer, Sheri Dillon, is tax counsel for Donald Trump and the Trump Organization, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.
At the press conference, Dillon said Trump would put his assets into a trust and give control of his business to his two adult sons. Profits from foreign government employees who stay in Trump hotels will be given to the U.S. Treasury. Philly.com, the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.) and LawNewz also have stories.
According to the Philly.com story, Dillon sometimes “sounded more like a campaign spokesman than a legal advocate, arguing that rather than being concerned that Trump’s business interests might affect his decision making, voters chose him because of his business success.”
Dillon has represented Trump in an audit of his tax returns, and represented the Trump Foundation in an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office. Dillon prepared the tax documents with the help of Morgan Lewis partner Fred Fielding, a former White House counsel.
A Georgetown University law graduate, Dillon previously worked at Vinson & Elkins, Bingham McCutchen and McKee Nelson. She is also associated with a pro bono tax clinic for low-income people called the Center for Public Interest Tax Law.