A DASH OF SESALT: "Understanding Your Biggest Corporate Expense" Seminar 10.26.2012 8:30am

Please join Williams Mullen’s Southeast State & Local Tax (SESALT) team for their first in a series of state and local tax talks

Friday, October 26, 2012

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Program

Williams Mullen Virginia Beach Office
222 Central Park Avenue
Suite 1700
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Virginia CPE provided and Virginia CLE pending

Members of the Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax practice and our State Government Relations practice will address the latest changes and positions of the tax departments in Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Maryland, the latest tax cases and rulings and a “Trends to Watch” update from across the country. We will also share a peek at the upcoming VA General Assembly bills that will be of concern to companies who do business in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, DC.

Speakers will include:

Charles B. Neely, Jr.
Chuck has been engaged in the practice of state and local tax litigation for more than 30 years. His experience includes the negotiation and litigation of cases involving corporate and individual income taxation, sales and use taxation, franchise, license, intangibles and property taxation. He has wide-ranging experience with the valuation of both real and personal property and the assessment of tax-exempt properties. Chuck has also had extensive experience lobbying both tax and other legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly and is regularly ranked as one of North Carolina’s most effective lobbyists. Chuck represents North Carolina in the American Property Tax Counsel, the leading affiliation of independent law firms practicing property tax law.

Stephanie Lipinski Galland
Stephanie Lipinski Galland has extensive legal experience in state and local taxation with an emphasis on representation before state and local taxing authorities in income, franchise, sales, use and unclaimed property controversies. She has represented clients in developing, implementing and defending tax positions in state audits. Her experience in a Fortune 500 company, as a tax partner in a national law firm and in the Virginia Department of Taxation provides her with valuable skills in all areas of taxation. Stephanie lectures on the State and Local Tax Program at Georgetown University Law School as an adjunct professor and serves on the State and Local Tax Advisory Boards of the Georgetown Law Center and NYU. She also serves on the Tax Policy Committee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy S. Rendleman
Nancy Rendleman has extensive involvement with sales and use taxation, corporate income taxation, franchise, license, intangibles and property taxation. She has successfully litigated cases involving the valuation of real and personal property and successfully defended a wide variety of tax assessments. Nancy is a member of the American Property Tax Counsel, the leading affiliation of independent law firms practicing property tax law, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. She is a member of the Taxation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association

Patrick A. Cushing
Patrick Cushing, a lawyer and seasoned state lobbying professional, is a member of the Williams Mullen Government Relations Section serving as a Director of Government Affairs. In this role, he provides the firm with legislative, lobbying, government relations and public relations services. Patrick has extensive experience in developing legislation and policy priorities in the fields of alcohol beverage control, information technology, economic development, energy, biotechnology, privacy, computer crimes, and other science and technology related fields.

Shane L. Smith
Shane Smith's practice focuses on commercial litigation, specializing in real and personal property tax disputes. For more than 12 years prior to practicing law, Shane held several positions with San Antonio, Texas-based Valero Energy Corporation , He joined Williams Mullen after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey, Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Robert W. Shaw
Robert Shaw focuses his practice on litigation and state and local taxation. Robert has represented clients in a broad range of tax litigation matters, including corporate income tax disputes, sales and use tax, property tax, tax planning, tax exemptions, tax incentives, and constitutional challenges to tax assessments. Robert is a member of the tax law sections and the State and Local Tax Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. He is a founding member of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Institute for Professional in Taxation. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.