Eversheds Sutherland is proud to sponsor the State and Local Tax Controversy Program, an essential 2-day event for in-house tax professionals, and part of the Tax Executives Institute’s Audits and Appeals Annual Seminar.

Hear from clients, judges and state AGs; and discuss best practices and tactics to navigate your way through tax controversies in 2019.

Register today: http://goo.gl/MsoQAp



Eversheds Sutherland’s SALT team was pleased to sponsor the Council on State Taxation (COST) Regional Meeting (Mid-Atlantic) at the lovely Capital One facility in McLean, VA on August, 29, 2018.

Panel highlights included:


  • Jeff Friedman and Liz Cha presenting on  State Tax Cases and Issues to Watch
  • Michele Borens presenting on Sales Taxation in the Post-Wayfair World and Modernizing State Sales Tax Systems after Wayfair 
  • Todd Lard presenting on the State Tax Policy Update: 2018 & Beyond – including Certain Federal Legislation
  • Michele Borens and Justin Stone presenting on the Latest Developments in Approaches to Alternative Apportionment

All of the presentations were well-received and we enjoyed catching up with our friends at COST. We are looking forward to upcoming COST presentations in Atlanta and Seattle later in 2018 as well as the national conference.


Eversheds Sutherland was delighted to sponsor and lead the two days of TEI’s Audit and Appeals seminar focused on State and Local Tax Controversy (May 2 – 3, 2018). Over the past two days, the conference featured unique and practical content including:

Industry Perspective on SALT Tax Controversy

Moderated by Jeff Friedman, this discussion demonstrated the perspectives and strategies of in-house state tax controversy practitioners.

Speakers included:

  • Linda Kim, The Wonderful Company
  • Denise Helmken, General Mills
  • Ken Wright, Smithfield Foods
  • Chris Lee, Koch Companies Service

Perspectives from the Other Side – State Tax Attorney Panel

Moderated by Pilar Mata from Tax Executives Institute, state tax attorneys from Maryland, Ohio and Texas revealed their department organization, decision drivers and advice for taxpayers.

  • Ray Langenberg, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Christine Mesirow, Taxation Section, Ohio Attorney General’s Office
  • Brian Oliner, State of Maryland

All Rise – A View from the Bench

Moderated by Richard Pomp from the University of Connecticut School of Law, this discussion offered valuable insight into the inner workings of three state adjudicative bodies, best practices for taxpayers and counsel alike, and the jurists’ thoughts on the state of state tax.

  • Martha Blood Wentworth, Indiana Tax Court
  • Douglas Bramhall, California Office of Tax Appeals
  • Cade Cole, Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals

On Wednesday, May 2, Eversheds Sutherland hosted a reception at House of Blues New Orleans. A good time was had by all!