Justin Call (Coleman Class, 2009), Andrew Lane (Sharpe Class, 2008), Jennifer Paillon (Trimble Class, 2015), and Albert (A.J.) Robison (Johnson Class, 2013) are among the nearly 200 professionals who make up PwC’s tax practice for the company’s greater Michigan market. PwC is a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 200,000 employees. In Michigan, PwC has over 800 employees working in three core lines of service: tax, assurance, and advisory. When PwC’s Detroit office needs to fill the ranks in its tax division, Tim Pratcshler, principal in PwC’s state and local tax group, focuses his attention on recruiting top talent from colleges and universities, including law schools. “Tax seems to be the sweet spot for recruiting law students because we’re really working with not only tax compliance, but also tax consulting,” said Pratcshler, who has been with the firm for 13 years. “We do a lot of legal research, writing, memos, opinions, and the things that really focus and fit the skill sets of lawyers and law students the best.” Pratcshler noted there are certain skills his team looks for when recruiting new tax professionals. “We want people who have gone through a rigorous curriculum, have analytical skills, have a thought process that’s really team based, and are able to communicate very well.” Embracing the culture of a large organization like PwC is another trait that Pratcshler looks for. He noted that WMU-Cooley graduates on his team have made the transition with ease.
“We want people who walk in the door every day with big smiles on their faces, approach whatever issue is put in front them, and who are confident enough to ask questions and work as a team. When you look at the folks we’ve brought in from WMU-Cooley, they all exhibit those traits.” TIMOTHY PRATCSHLER