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In Memoriam: Mark Vilaboy

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - With a heavy heart, we at Quarles & Brady say good bye to our colleague and dear friend, Mark Vilaboy. His sudden passing reminds us all to strive to always be kind, wise and joyful, as he was to us all.

Mark David Vilaboy passed away on January 11, 2013 in Chandler, Arizona. Mark was born on March 4, 1960 in Havana, Cuba as an American born abroad to Eileen Johnson and Manuel Vilaboy.

Mark attended Catholic education K-8 and St. Francis High School Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mercy College in Detroit, where he graduated with highest honor with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Mark was an IRS auditor and attended law school at Arizona State University College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal.

Mark was a partner at Quarles & Brady with a specialty in tax controversies. He counseled clients on a wide variety of state and local tax matters including nexus for taxation of out-of-state vendors, multistate taxation of income, property tax exemptions and valuation appeals, sales and use taxes, taxation of motor fuels, and successor liability of purchasers of business property. His practice also focused on several areas of federal taxation of transactions including tax incentives for renewable energy. Mark was also a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Prior to practicing law, Mark spent a number of years with the Examination Division of the Internal Revenue Service as an income tax auditor and district coordinator of audit selection.

Mark is survived by his parents and his siblings, Michael, Michelle, Maria, Matthew, Martin, Monica, and Maurice, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mark is also survived by his life partner of twenty years and husband, Damien Laurence (Larrie) Brandeis, a naturopathic physician in Chandler.

Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Charitable contributions in Mark's memory may be made to the Human Rights Campaign. Mark was a generous, kind, warm, and loving person who gave his time freely to all in need, and he will be missed.

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