Robert J. Desiderio

Robert J. Desiderio

Robert J. Desiderio practices with Sanchez, Mowrer and Desiderio, P.C., in the areas of tax-exempt organizations, tax law, and business and commercial transactions. He was Dean of the University of New Mexico, School of Law from 1979 to 1985 and again from 1997 to 2003, and served as a professor of law for the school over several decades. He is currently Professor Emeritus at UNM, teaching State and Local Taxation, Tax-Exempt Organizations and Remedies. Mr. Desiderio wrote Planning Tax-Exempt Organization (Matthew Bender, 2010), Vol. 19, Not-for-Profit Corporations, Rabkin & Johnsons, Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis (Lexis Nexus, 2010) and Tax Exempt Organizations: Law and Policy (West 3rd Ed. 2010) (with Marilyn Phelan). Mr. Desiderio chaired the Professional Tax Study Committee, co-chaired the Public School Capital Outlay Task Force, and, currently, is vice-chair of the New Mexico Education Trust Board. Mr. Desiderio’s research interests include tax-exempt organizations, state and local taxation and remedies. Mr. Desiderio earned his B.S. degree from St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania and his J.D. degree from Boston College.

Mr. Desiderio has the education and experience to handle a wide range of business transactions and regularly handles major business transactions with federal tax implications. He also coordinates complex litigation matters. Furthermore, Mr. Desiderio has extensive experience handling state taxation issues including those concerning the New Mexico gross receipts tax, income and property taxes.

Mr. Desiderio handles transactional issues including structuring deals to achieve the client’s goals while minimizing undesirable tax and legal implications. For example, Mr. Desiderio provided legal and negotiation services for the sale of a major New Mexico business. The sale exceeded One Hundred Sixty Million Dollars. Mr. Desiderio is able to give clients large-firm expertise and experience with small-firm attorney access and responsiveness.

Mr. Desiderio also has knowledge and experience in the health-care arena. He was Executive Director of Con Alma from 2003 – 2006. Con Alma is the New Mexico Blue Cross conversion foundation. He is also experienced in the legislative and administrative process having worked on many legislative projects for the New Mexico state legislative and Governor’s office.