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Gina M. Torielli Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1991

Court Admissions

  • U. S. Tax Court

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991

Michigan State University, B.A., 1978

Gina M. Torielli is a Senior Counsel in Dykema's Lansing office.  Ms. Torielli's practice centers in taxation and public finance, and in that capacity she has advised many nonprofit organizations and governmental entities on issues relating to tax exemption, tax-exempt financing and state and federal tax issues.

Ms. Torielli was the director of the Graduate (LL.M.) Tax Program and professor from 2004-2014 at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While a tenured professor, she taught courses on federal tax practice and procedure, standards and ethics of tax practice, and tax exempt organizations courses in the Graduate Tax Program. Professor Torielli’s scholarship was an effort to provide guidance to practitioners on the intricacies of federal tax exemption for municipal bonds and the ethical standards of federal tax practice. She maintained a strong connection to practice, serving as Chair of the State Bar Taxation Section, and as a consultant to Dykema for nine years on issues relating to the taxation of municipal bonds.

Prior to that she practiced for seven years at a prominent Michigan firm of more than 90 attorneys. In 1998, Ms.Torielli was elected as President and CEO of that firm, and served a five year term as the first woman managing partner of a major Michigan law firm.

City of Detroit Chapter 9 Bankruptcy: served as sole consultant to federal mediation team on municipal finance and location taxation issues and actively participated in federal mediations, August 2013-November 2014.

Memberships & Involvement

State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section 1991-Present, Tax Council member 2004-Present, Annual Conference Chair 2006, Officer 2007-2010, Chair 2011

National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1992-Present

American Bar Association, 1993-Present, Tax Section, Tax-Exempt Finance, Tax-Exempt Organizations Committees

Michigan Women in Finance, Founding Member, 2001-2003

Community/Civic Activities

Board Member, Solar Circle, 2004-Present, Secretary 2004

Volunteer Site Coordinator and Trainer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project, 1989 (Harvard Law), 2012-present (Washtenaw County United Way)

Member (gubernatorial appointment), Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority, 2004-2008

Named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Women in the Law," Class of 2015

Recipient of the Barbara R. Smith Award from Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, 2015

One of 100 “Ones to Watch”, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2003

Woman Business Owner of Distinction, (one of ten) National Association of Women Business Owners Detroit Chapter, 2003

Distinguished Service Award, Professional Category, Michigan Business & Professional  Association, 2003

One of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women”, Corp! Magazine, March 2002

Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2002

Lawyer of the Year (one of ten), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, December 14, 1998

Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating