Craig B. Fields, Holly L. Hyans, Nicole L. Johnson, and Mitchell A. Newmark have joined Blank Rome’s New York office as partners in the Tax, Benefits, and Private Client group.

They join from Morrison & Foerster where Fields served as co-chair of the tax department and chair of the firm’s state and local tax group, and Hyans was a founding member of the group.

“We are very excited to welcome Craig, Holly, Nicole, and Mitchell to the Firm,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome’s managing partner and CEO. “Blank Rome’s New York office continues to grow with key lateral hires, including Stacy H. Louizos, who recently joined as co-chair of our Investment Management group. We are thrilled to keep the momentum going with the addition of this top-talent team, which will further bolster our national Tax group and expand upon our existing capabilities for serving our clients in this space.”

Collectively, the group has decades of experience representing clients in state and local tax controversies before administrative tribunals and judicial courts in jurisdictions throughout the United States and has resolved hundreds of cases throughout the country. They have secured successful outcomes for clients in state general jurisdiction courts and tax courts as well as appellate courts for a multitude of clients spanning a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, and financial services, among others.

Fields was selected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2019, and serves as an advisory board member for various professional organizations, publications, and centers, including the Georgetown Law Center, the National Multistate Tax Symposium, the Journal of State Taxation, Bloomberg BNA State Tax, and State Tax Notes.

Hyans serves on the advisory boards of the Hartman State and Local Tax Forum at Vanderbilt University Law School, the NYU Institute on State and Local Tax, and Bloomberg BNA State Tax.

Johnson was appointed to the New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Advisory Panel in 2018 and serves as a member of the Law360 Tax Authority State & Local Editorial Advisory Board. She was named a Rising Star in Tax by Law360 in 2019.

Newmark was named a Law360 Tax MVP in 2019. He serves as co-chair of the State Practice, Procedure, and Liaison Committee of the Tax Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a member of the Tax Section of the New Jersey Bar Association Executive Committee and Executive Council, which he previously chaired.