Newsmaker: Brian Vertz
Noteworthy: Vertz is the author of “Frumkes and Vertz on Divorce Taxation,” a legal textbook published annually about family and marital law, and its various tax implications. For the past 30 years, it had been compiled by the late Melvyn Frumkes, an attorney in South Florida. Vertz took over the project when Frumkes died last year. His version of the book, which he expanded to include topics such as business valuation and taxation for same-sex couples, will be released Jan. 25 by James Publishing.
Occupation: Partner at Pollock Begg Komar Glasser and Vertz family law firm
Family: Not married
Education: Bachelor's degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan, 1988; law degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, 1992.
Background: Vertz has been practicing family law for more than 20 years. He is an active member of the national and state chapters of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, served as AAML secretary in 2014 and is the national co-chair for a committee on technology, electronic discovery, social media and law office management. He serves as national chairman of AAML Amicus Committee, which works to advance the interests of children raised by same-sex couples. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Crafton Public Library.
Quote: “I'm really honored. I take the project very seriously because Mr. Frumkes' work was so widely known, and so many people relied upon it that I want to match the same quality and timeliness.”