Established in 1993 by former KPMG partner Stephanie H. Simonard, the law firm Simonard & Sorel has been a pillar of the American expatriate community for over fifteen years. Originally located on the avenue Montaigne, then on the avenue George V, and currently situated on the rue Lincoln in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, our firm has built a solid reputation as a full provider of U.S. and French tax and legal services, with a client base that has grown steadily since inception. Highly active in Franco-American relations and a participant in bilateral tax treaty negotiations between the two countries, we have become a trustworthy resource for navigating tax laws and regulations in both Europe and the United States. With an experienced staff dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs first, we provide a friendly and reliable approach to tackling the complex world of international taxation.

Our team


Maître. Joelle Sorel

Became a partner of the firm in 2009, and was an associate of the firm since 2003. A French attorney specializing in taxation and estate matters, she holds a PhD in French Private Law from the University of Paris X Nanterre, and has been working in the field of international taxation since 2000. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at the International Department of Fidal (KPMG), and later in the Expatriation Services branch of Landwell (PricewaterhouseCoopers). She has completed a diploma in International Private Wealth Management from the University of Clermont-Ferrand.

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Mrs. Susan Maine-Descamp (Petty)

Has been with the firm since 2010. A Certified Public Accountant form the state of Florida, she graduated in 2007 from the University of Florida's Fischer School of Accounting with a Master's of Accounting Tax emphasis, and a minor in Asian studies. She has worked for three years in tax accounting in Florida specializing in high-net worth individuals tax preparation and planning including the business, estate, private charitable foundation, and gift consequences to her clients. Upon her move to Paris she passed the Enrolled Agent exam and is currently taking additional courses at the Sorbonne.

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Office Manager

Mrs. Anne-Marie Tamas

Has been with the firm since 2017. As Office manager oversees administrative operations, manages the office budget and manages vendor and clients relationships. She is also involved in the recruitment process. She brings with her ten years of Wall Street Investment experience. She earned her bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pace University in NYC Financial Disctrict. Her Master is from University of South Carolina in International Busines. 

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Founder, retired

Maître Stephanie Simonard

is a dual national of the United States and France and is bilingual. Born and raised in Washington D.C., she moved to Paris in 1972 to join the local office of KPMG Peat Marwick, where she served clients for twenty years in matters concerning U.S., French and international taxation. Partner in that firm from 1986 through 1992, Mrs. Simonard established her own practice in 1993, the year she was admitted to the Paris bar. She and her professional staff are available to respond to both routine and complex international tax questions and will work directly with the client or as a member of a team of advisors, as desired.