Marla focuses her practice on federal and international tax matters, including tax controversy matters with the IRS and federal tax matters related to tax-exempt organizations and bond financings. She has extensive experience advising international clients on business expansion into the United States, structuring considerations in purchasing U.S. real estate, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, tax implications of relinquishing U.S. citizenship or residency status, trust and estate planning for individuals resident abroad, and the application of the U.S. anti-deferral regimes. Marla also has extensive experience working on tax controversy matters, including advising clients on voluntary disclosure options, large IRS audits, and U.S. Tax Court matters. Marla also regularly advises clients on federal tax issues related to bond financings, including post-issuance compliance matters, private business use, IRS remedial actions for maintaining the tax-exempt status of bonds and the IRS Voluntary Closing Agreement Program. She also works with a variety of tax-exempt organizations and private foundations on obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status and the unrelated business income tax rules. Marla’s practice also involves advising high-net-worth clients on charitable giving, including the formation of private foundations and drafting pledge agreements.

Marla exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York. 


University at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude


  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Listed, 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Best Brief Award, Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • Former assistant executive editor, Buffalo Law Review (2001-2002)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2015

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  • Configuration Dance Theatre board of directors


  • American Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Ontario Bar Association
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