Sheri Dillon has advised Trump on tax matters since 2005,
according to a letter released by the campaign last spring. She
joined Morgan Lewis as a Washington, D.C., partner in 2015,
having previously represented Trump at other firms.
Neither Dillon nor Morgan Lewis responded to requests for
A 1999 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Dillon
specializes in tax planning and litigation. Her other tax
clients have included Dow Chemical Co, General Mills Inc and
several investment funds, according to a search of the Westlaw
database. Westlaw is a unit of Thomson Reuters, which also owns
Dillon said at Wednesday’s press conference that Trump had
tasked her and her colleagues at the law firm Morgan Lewis &
Bockius with creating a business structure “that will completely
isolate him from the management of the company” and “assure the
American people the decisions he makes and the actions that he
takes as president are for their benefit.”
She said the Trump Organization will not enter into any new
overseas deals while Trump is president and will only undertake
domestic projects after a company ethics adviser has approved
them. But the arrangement falls short of the blind trust or
complete divestment many ethics experts have called for.
According to her profile on the Morgan Lewis website, Dillon
also serves as director and president of the Washington D.C.
Center for Public Interest Tax Law, which provides pro bono
advice to low-income taxpayers.
She contributed $1,500 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008
Founded in Philadelphia in 1873, Morgan Lewis has around
1,900 lawyers in 29 offices worldwide. It has one of the larger
Moscow offices among U.S. firms, with around 40 lawyers and
staff there. Last May, Morgan Lewis was named “Russia Law Firm
of the Year” by British legal directory publisher Chambers &
Partners, citing the firm’s work in the market.
Trump has said he hopes to improve ties with Moscow, but his
plans have come under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence
agencies concluded that Russia used cyberattacks and other
tactics to try to tilt the election in his favor over Democratic
candidate Hillary Clinton.
Dillon has represented Trump at Morgan Lewis with tax lawyer
William Nelson, who joined Morgan Lewis in 2014 and previously
worked with Dillon at the now-defunct firms Bingham McCutchen
and McKee Nelson, the latter of which he co-founded.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Dillon said Morgan Lewis
partner Fred Fielding was also advising Trump on conflicts of
interest. Fielding was White House Counsel for Presidents Reagan
and George W. Bush.
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