Death of a talented tax lawyer

Me Michael Citrome is no longer... Source: LinkedIn

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Me Michael Citrome is no longer… Source: LinkedIn

Me Michel Cirome died suddenly at the age of 41.

This tax lawyer had joined De Grandpré Chait as a partner last January.

At the age of 17, Michael Citrome began his professional life as a journalist for the Montreal Gazette. He mainly produced articles relating to the field of finance. But his scholarship went beyond the business rubric: he was interested in Japanese culture, such as hip-hop, and different musical styles.

For thirteen years, Michael Citrome published a weekly financial column in the Montreal Mirror, until the paper’s disappearance in 2012.

While studying law, he participated in the development of babyTEL, an IP telephony service for social networks.

Michael Citrome then joined Hutchins Legal, a firm specializing in Aboriginal law, where he was a commercial administrator. At the same time, he advises the NPO Otakuthon, which organizes an animation festival in Montreal.

In 2011, having become a member of the bar, Me Michael Citrome joined the tax team of Spiegel Sohmer in Montreal. He practices in tax litigation, tax planning and international taxation.

Four years later, EY recruited him to expand its team of tax advisors in Montreal and Toronto. He works on tax audits and objections, as well as appeals before the Tax Court of Canada and the Court of Quebec.

At the end of 2020, Me Michael Citrome flew to Dubai, where he became a senior tax lawyer at Al Tamimi & Company, the largest legal firm in the Middle East.

He will stay a year in Dubai, before returning to Montreal to join De Grandpré Chait.

“His sudden departure leaves a void within the firm as well as for those who had the chance to know him. We will remember him for his rich knowledge, his curiosity and his great generosity,” greets a press release from De Grandpré Chait. The firm declined to comment further.

Many testimonies and tributes salute the memory of Me Michael Citrome on his death notice. “It was a pleasure to work and collaborate with Michael during his time at EY. He was also, and above all, a wonderful person. He always gave of himself and remained true to his Jewish values,” testifies Guillaume Jegerpartner at EY.

“Michael was an extremely smart and cunning tax lawyer. (…) Michael was incredibly cultured and had an encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything in the world,” writes John Israel Galambostax lawyer at Miller Thompson.

“Michael was an extremely kind and intelligent man, a colleague and a valued human being. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him”, greets Stephen Solomontax lawyer at De Grandpré Chait.

The journalist that was Michael Citrome also marked the spirits. “I am devastated to learn of this untimely loss. I was Michael’s editor at the Mirror and knew he was a brilliant and reliable writer with a great sense of humor and a kind and caring man. I will miss seeing him around town again, nor his welcoming smile, ”pays tribute Patrick Lejtenyipublic affairs advisor at Concordia University.

Michael Citrome held a juris doctor in common law, a degree in notarial law and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Montreal. He also held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Concordia University, and a Certificate in Law Studies from China University of Political Science and Law.

Me Michael Citrome is survived by his spouse, the lawyer Angely MQ Pacisand their child.

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