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Two From Mathis, Marifian & Richter to Serve on Illinois State Bar Association Federal Taxation Section Council: Marifian Appointed Secretary; Speicher Reappointed

Belleville, IL, October 17, 2011. Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), today announced that two of its attorneys, George Marifian and Philip Speicher, have been reappointed to serve on the Federal Taxation Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

George Marifian, a shareholder at MM&R, returns to the council as its secretary for the new fiscal year. "The ISBA is fortunate to have George Marifian's leadership and experience on the Federal Taxation Section Council. As a longtime member of the ISBA and a former council chairman, Marifian will mentor and help to transition a new generation of members into council leadership roles," remarked Doug Barringer, ISBA Director of Administrative Services and Staff Liaison to the Council.

Marifian, who has served continuously on one of the ISBA's section councils or committees since 1985, concentrates his practice in business law, civil and criminal tax controversy, estate planning and probate, and litigation related to these practice areas. He is a recognized tax authority and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Philip Speicher has been reappointed to the ISBA Federal Taxation Section Council. An emerging and talented tax practitioner, Speicher was a speaker at the Federal Taxation Section's premier continuing education program, the Annual Federal Tax Conference, last winter in Chicago. Speicher, an associate at MM&R, focuses his practice in business law, taxation, estate planning and real estate law. He has been a member of the ISBA since 2005.

Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization, the Association's primary focus is to help Illinois lawyers practice more effectively and efficiently by providing time and money-saving services. The ISBA Federal Taxation Section Council reviews and advises members of the bar on current developments in federal taxation and monitors improvement and understanding of the federal tax system through proposals of, and changes in, tax laws and regulations, and through writing, testimony, conferences and seminars.

Established in 1984, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., has emerged as one of the most trusted and respected law firms in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois areas. Headquartered in Belleville, Ill., the firm also has offices in Clayton, Mo. and Nashville, Ill. MM&R's principals and associates possess knowledge and experience in practice areas that include business law, taxation, estate planning, employee benefits, banking law, bankruptcy, and commercial and tort litigation. For more information, please

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