May 9, 2022

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes nationally prominent ESOP attorney Stanley E. Bulua, seasoned corporate attorney Jeanne R. Solomon, seasoned tax attorney Scott S. Ahroni and tax associate Erika L. Colangelo as the latest high-profile additions to the firm’s rapidly growing New York office. All four bolstering capabilities within the firm’s Business Department; with Bulua adding to the firm’s already distinguished ESOP Group.

“Stan, Jeanne, Scott and Erika are great additions to our rapidly growing bench of talented and business-minded attorneys,” said Polsinelli Business Department Chair Frank Ross. “We are combining several established, nationally-known practices, which gives us even more firepower, depth and experience to offer our clients.”

Stan E. Bulua focuses his practice on ESOPs, executive compensation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary matters, estate planning and administration, and income tax issues. With over 30 years of experience, Bulua is well-versed in the complexities of ESOPs, both leveraged and non-leveraged, and is able to apply the intricate ESOP rules to his clients' maximum benefit. He is a recognized expert in the ESOP area and is often asked to lecture to professional groups on this topic.

Bulua also advises individuals, partnerships, trusts, limited liability companies and corporations on income tax issues affecting their operations and businesses. Additionally, he helps his estate planning clients significantly reduce their projected estate tax liabilities through sophisticated techniques including the use of complex wills, irrevocable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, defective grantor trusts, charitable remainder trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies.

Bulua is the latest high-profile addition to the talented group of attorneys that make up Polsinelli’s national ESOP Practice. Over the past two years, Polsinelli has added several veteran’s to the growing practice including Gregory Brown, Christopher K. Buch and Sean Power.

Bulua was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Tax Category from 2006 to 2022. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, cum laude, and earned his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law

Jeanne R. Solomon brings additional depth and continued momentum to both the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice and the growing New York office. She focuses her practice on corporate, commercial and securities law including corporate governance, equity and debt offerings, acquisitions and dispositions, commercial contracts, credit financings and restructurings as well as representation of indenture trustees and agents in transactions and restructurings. She has a long history of successfully representing buyers, sellers, companies, and investors in strategic and financial mergers and acquisitions, financings and recapitalizations.

Solomon also advises early and growth stage companies and investors in venture and growth capital financings and has served as outside general counsel to emerging growth and established operating companies. She has represented companies in their blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions and has formed and represented benefit corporations and other social enterprise companies.

Solomon earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University before obtaining her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Scott S. Ahroni focuses his practice on Federal, State and Local tax controversies. He leverages his background in tax controversy to assist clients in many facets of tax planning at the Federal, New York State and City level. He regularly provides guidance to businesses and individuals on foreign withholding obligations, foreign business and asset holding structures, use of foreign tax credit, foreign earned income exclusion, outbound and inbound planning for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals and pre-immigration planning. He also brings extensive experience in choice of entity issues including tax classification related to taxation of the business, ownership limitation issues, tax structuring incentive issues and industry specific limitations.

His areas of emphasis are audits, administrative appeals and tax litigation in various courts and tribunals, including the United States Tax Court, United States District Court, New York State Division of Tax Appeals, New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal, New York City Tax Tribunal, New York Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, and the New York State Appellate Divisions, First and Third Departments.

Ahroni was recognized among the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2022. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College - The City University of New York before obtaining his LL.M. and J.D., cum laude, from The University of Miami School of Law.

Erika L. Colangelo uses her tax controversy experience to prepare and negotiate offers in compromises and payment plans with federal, state, and local tax authorities. She regularly represents individuals and businesses in all stages of dispute and controversy with the Internal Revenue Service, New York State Department of Taxation Finance, New York State Department of Labor, and New York City Department of Finance including in audits, collection matters, administrative appeals, and tax litigation in courts and tribunals such as the United States Tax Court and the New York State Division of Tax Appeals.

Colangelo earned her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College before obtaining her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law.

Bulua, Soloman, Ahroni and Colangelo join Polsinelli’s nationally recognized Business Department, comprised of attorneys who provide a range of legal services from selecting the appropriate choice of entity through exit strategies and everything in between during the life cycle of a business. Polsinelli’s expanding Corporate and Transactional Practice recently welcomed shareholders David Cykiert, Adam J. Greene and Jason P. Katz in the New York office, Amanda Norcross and Suhail Seth in Atlanta, Evan M. Knobloch and Tracy L. Jacobson in the Chicago office.

Polsinelli’s New York office focuses on financial services, real estate finance, technology, outsourcing, private data security, health care, bankruptcy and intellectual property. Attorneys offer the experience and insight our clients need to keep pace with ever-changing markets and technological innovations. Additionally, the recent promotion of Gabriel Yomi Dabiri to Office Managing Partner further positions Polsinelli’s New York City office as a leader in law and workplace culture.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 950 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.