Former IRS agent focuses on franchise law

By Sheila Pursglove

Legal News

While attorney Gary Remer enjoyed his four years as a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service, it had its downside: "No one was ever very excited to see me come to their office," he says.

The same can't be said for his career with Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller in Southfield. A shareholder and member of the Franchise Group, Remer now finds clients are very happy to welcome him.

"What makes my job great is getting to know my clients and understanding their goals," he says.

The Franchise Group was formed in 2010. Today, the team represents Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs, Inc., Wild Bill's Tobacco as well as other franchisors.

"We're a dynamic group of individuals that each brings a level of sophistication to very specialized areas of the law," Remer says. "The composition allows us to address the needs of our franchise clients and that's a great feeling."

He also enjoys the variety of work.

"There's no such thing as a typical day on the job," he explains. "I might anticipate coming into the office to work on a project when a client calls me with a random question of what to do because one of their tenants in a building just Crazy Glued all the locks shut. Then my day goes in a completely different direction than I ever anticipated."

Remer, who joined the firm in 1997, concentrates his practice in employee benefits, franchise law, corporate law, and taxation. He also is a member of the newly formed Health Care Group.

A certified public accountant, he brings accounting and business experience to the table in addition to legal expertise.

But accounting wasn't on his radar as a career choice when he first headed to Michigan State University as an undergrad - especially in light of the fact that his father was an accountant. But once Remer took his first accounting class, his view started to change--and after completing his first tax class, he was truly hooked.

"I've no regrets whatsoever with the decision to study accounting--it's provided a great background for business," he says.

His years with the IRS provided him with "outstanding" training and gave him the opportunity to work on some very sophisticated tax matters. It also pointed him in the direction of a legal career, and he went on to earn his law degree, summa cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law at MSU.

Co-author of "The Insider's Guide to IRS Plan Audits," Remer has lectured extensively on qualified retirement plans and other tax topics and was recently the keynote speaker for a daylong business law seminar for the American Institute of CPAs (AIPCA) in Little Rock, Ark.

Published: Thu, Jun 6, 2013

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