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SAN DIEGO (January 10, 2023): Higgs Fletcher & Mack (HFM) is proud to announce attorneys Joshua P. Katz and Geoffrey M. Thorne have been named as the firm’s newest partners, effective January 1, 2023.

Katz is a tax law attorney with a practice focused on tax controversy matters, including audits, appeals, tax liens, levies, installment agreements and offers in compromise. He also assists clients with corporate and LLC issues from formation to dissolution. He represents both corporate and individual tax clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and other state taxing authorities on every type of tax issue, including income, sales, payroll, property and excise taxes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, and he earned his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He also earned a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from the University of San Diego.

Thorne is a business attorney and civil litigator, representing individuals and businesses ranging from local enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. He counsels and defends clients throughout California in business and employment disputes—including high-stakes wage-and-hour class actions, single-plaintiff harassment and discrimination claims, and trade secret theft. As part of his practice, Thorne advises employers on best practices in the workplace, regularly providing guidance on personnel issues, compliance with state and federal labor laws, and executive compensation plans. Thorne also conducts workplace investigations and provides training to management and workforces on employment law updates. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine and earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Both Josh and Geoff are exceptional attorneys who are well-regarded by their colleagues, their clients and in our legal community,” said Steve Cologne, HFM’s Managing Partner. “Both attorneys have contributed greatly to the strength of the firm, and I am very proud to welcome Josh and Geoff to our partnership.”

About Higgs Fletcher & Mack
Higgs Fletcher & Mack is a full-service law firm that serves diverse individuals and industries. For over 80 years, the firm has worked tirelessly with companies and people that need legal counsel and representation in and out of the courtroom. Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s 70 attorneys have experience in multiple fields of law, and its internal network of legal professionals frequently coordinate in practice area groups that have multi-disciplinary dimensions, helping clients make a more informed decision. The firm is actively recruiting partner-level talent in complimentary practice areas to provide legal services in the San Diego region and beyond.