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Naman Howell Lawyers Joe Rivera and Kyle Knas Published in Today's CPA


Naman Howell is proud to announce that two of the firm’s lawyers have been published in Today’s CPA. Joe Rivera and Kyle Knas teamed up to provide their expertise on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts settlement of employment claims. The article examines changes that the Act made and specifically discusses the Act’s amendment to IRC 162, which addresses confidential settlement agreements related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims.

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About the Authors:

Joe Rivera

Joe’s practice is devoted to civil litigation, with a focus on business litigation, employment matters, and tax litigation and controversies. Joe’s training and experience fosters his representation of clients in these areas.

While earning his degree in accounting, Joe trained as a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. This experience gave Joe an understanding of investigation and enforcement procedures by a government agency, which Joe applies in representing clients in dealing with government agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission. This experience is especially helpful to Joe’s efforts on behalf of taxpayers in dealing with government agencies. Joe has represented clients in proceedings involving the Internal Revenue Service, Texas Comptroller’s Office, and local taxing authorities.

Kyle Knas

Kyle’s practice focuses on estate planning, probate, business law, and guardianship. Kyle advises clients on wealth planning with a focus on the preparation of wills, trusts, financial and medical powers of attorney, and tax planning. This also includes advising trustees with respect to a trustee’s duties and the administration of trusts. Kyle also helps advise beneficiaries and administrators through the probate process, including assisting in transferring property, handling complex probate matters, and preparing estate and gift tax returns.

Kyle also counsels clients on a variety of business matters, ranging from assisting in forming business entities, guiding clients through the purchase or sale of a business, or drafting and advising in the review of contracts for a business. Additionally, Kyle guides and advises clients on issues surrounding guardianships, including assisting individuals apply for guardianships and advising clients throughout the guardianship process.

To learn more about Joe Rivera, Kyle Knas, or the many other skilled attorneys in the firm, please visit the firm’s attorney profiles section.

About Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC

Since 1917, Naman Howell Smith & Lee has been providing individuals and businesses throughout Texas with the personal attentiveness and expertise they need on their legal matters when they need it most. We pride ourselves on our heritage, vision, and exceptional results. For more information about Naman Howell, please visit

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