Albrecht Viggiano Zureck & Company PC Names Five to Partner Role

Albrecht Viggiano Zureck & Company PC (AVZ) has promoted five current principals to the role of partner. The five former principals – Lawrence Lucarelli, Thomas Ruggiero, James O’Connor, Kenneth Laks and Jill Gunzel – will now join AVZ’s partner team, which now consists of 17 professionals who provide a broad range of services to a variety of closely held businesses and industries in the Long Island and NY-metro area.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of each new member of our partner team and we have taken this opportunity to recognize them and to enable our clients to more fully leverage their talents and areas of expertise,” says Thomas Murray, MP of AVZ. “It has been our experience that the combined effort of all our partners yields results greater than the sum of any individual efforts.”

Lucarelli offers areas of specialization in mergers and acquisitions, taxation and wealth management. He has been with the firm since 1989 and was promoted to principal in 2006. Lucarelli has extensive experience in individual, partnership and corporate income taxation. He advises clients in connection with corporate operations and reorganizations, sales and acquisition of businesses, corporate distributions, partnership transactions, real estate operations and estate planning.

Ruggiero offers areas of specialization in accounting and auditing, governmental services and taxation. He has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting and joined AVZ in 1996 and he was promoted to principal in 2007. Ruggiero’s experience includes providing traditional auditing, accounting, consulting and tax services and he has extensive experience working with a variety of industries including local governmental entities, not-for-profit entities, school districts, engineering firms, manufacturers and wholesale distributors.

O’Connor offers areas of specialization in taxation and estate planning. He joined the firm in 2005 and was promoted to principal in 2007. His practice primarily involves federal and state tax research and planning, tax audits and appeals, trust and estate tax matters, and estate and succession planning.

Laks provides specialization in taxation. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in the field of public accounting. He joined AVZ as a tax manager in 2006 and was promoted to principal in 2008. Laks has experience in the partnership, corporate and individual tax arena and has dealt with various state tax issues as well. He has international tax experience especially in the area of expatriate taxation.

Gunzel provides areas of specialization in accounting and auditing, business and strategic planning and governmental services. She began her career in accounting with AVZ in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2011. She works on numerous accounting, auditing and tax engagements but primarily services governmental entities.