Team

ANSON H. ASBURY, J.D., LL.M.

Anson H. Asbury is the founder and principal of Asbury Law Firm, Tax Counsel. Anson has represented clients in federal and state tax controversies, tax litigation, business tax planning and corporate organization for over 20 years. He has successfully defended over $500 million of federal income tax adjustments for his clients, ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. He has specific experience defending conservation easement donations in all stages of tax controversy.

Anson has represented clients across the country in numerous docketed cases in the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. District Courts. The substantive issues in those cases have included conservation easement donations, listed transactions, passive losses, net operating losses, business expenses, alimony deductions, and foreign tax credits. A retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Anson was a tax professor at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Anson also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph Gale of the United States Tax Court.

Anson is a nationally recognized speaker often appearing on panels alongside members of the United States Tax Court. He has been quoted on tax matters in the Washington Post, BNA Daily Tax Report, and Tax Analysts Tax Notes Today. He has written on topics ranging from conservation easement donations to corporate tax reporting for publications such as the Journal of Accountancy, the Federal Lawyer, and Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum. He is the co-host of Tax Talk with Art and Anson, a video broadcast of the Georgia Society of CPAs. He occasionally tweets about taxes, records and last night’s ballgame @taxtrials. Please visit our Expertise page for recent speeches, articles and headlines.

Selected to Georgia Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Georgia’s Legal Elite for his accomplishments in tax law, Anson has earned the high regard of his fellow professionals as well. He is the recipient of a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent peer-review rating and a perfect 10.0 “Superb” AVVO peer-review rating. He is the Vice-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Tax Law Section, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Barrister in the American Inns of Court at the U.S. Tax Court, and an active member of the American Bar Association Section on Taxation’s Court Practice and Procedure Committee and Administrative Practice Committee.

Representative matters

  • Negotiated a 70% concession on a conservation easement donation without litigation.
  • Won a total concession of $6.5 million in a Tax Court case involving a listed transaction.
  • Gained full abatement of penalties in an ongoing conservation easement case.
  • Reduced a state employment tax assessment by $1.14 million at an administrative hearing.
  • Protected a $10.8 million refund claim challenged under audit as a passive loss.
  • Advised a national media company on a multi-million dollar income tax accounting position.
  • Won a total concession in a sales tax trust fund liability case.

Honors
Georgia’s Super Lawyers 2016 – 2019 (Tax)
Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite (Tax)
Best Lawyers 2020 (Tax Law)
AVVO Rated 10.0 Superb

Associations
Vice Chair, Atlanta Bar Association Tax Law Section
Barrister, J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court at the U.S. Tax Court
Court Practice and Procedure Committee, American Bar Association Section of Taxation
Administrative Practice Committee, American Bar Association Section of Taxation
Tax Litigation and Controversy Committee, American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Bar Admissions
Georgia
New York
Pennsylvania

Education
Villanova University, B.A. 1992
Pennsylvania State University, J.D. 1998
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. Taxation (with distinction) 2003
Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholar, 1990

Anson H. Asbury, J.D., LL.M.
Email: anson@asburylawfirm.com
Phone: (404) 382-9942
Fax: (404) 565-1103


GILBERT CAREY, J.D., CPA

Gilbert L. Carey is Of Counsel to Asbury Law Firm. Gil focuses his practice on taxation, business law and estate planning, solving business, tax and legal challenges for middle-market, closely-held businesses and their owners.

Gil regularly advises clients on tax matters, including personal, business, trust, and estate tax; and represents clients in tax disputes with state and federal tax agencies and in the U.S. Tax Court. He also advises businesses on transactional matters and counsels business owners on the development of business succession strategies as part of a comprehensive estate and wealth preservation plan.

Mr. Carey teaches and lectures on accounting, tax and estate planning. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Albany Law School in Albany, NY and at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA.

Prior to joining Asbury Law Firm, Gil was engaged in the practice of law with prominent law firms in New York where he worked on various taxation, business law, estate planning and commercial litigation matters. Following law school, Gil was a personal law clerk for a U.S. District Court Judge.

Before attending law school, Gil worked as a Senior Tax Consultant in the Boston and Albany offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised closely-held and middle-market companies on a wide array of tax matters.

Court Admissions
U. S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Bar Admissions
New York
Massachusetts

Education
Northeastern University, B.S. Accounting and Finance, 1993
Albany Law School, Union University, J.D. Concentration in Business Law, with honors, 2001
Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA, Post-graduate study in administrative law, government contract and fiscal law, taxation
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, Military Art and Science, 2018

Associations
Tax Section, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Georgia Society of CPAs, Tax Section & Dekalb Chapter
Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York
Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York

Speaking Engagements
• BOMI International, Budgeting and Accounting, Albany, NY, May 2018
• The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Federal Individual Income Tax Law Course, Charlottesville, VA, December 2016, December 2015 and December 2014
• The Business Council of New York State, Annual Conference on State Taxation, Albany, NY June 2015 and June 2014
• New York State Bar Association, Tax Aspects of Real Property Transactions, Latham, NY, November 2011

Military Honors
• Bronze Star Medal for service in Iraq
• Meritorious Service Medal
• Army Commendation Medal
• National Defense Service Medal
• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
• Iraqi Campaign Medal, two campaign stars
• Meritorious Unit Citation (unit award for Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Gilbert L. Carey, J.D., CPA
Email: gilbert@asburylawfirm.com
Phone: (404) 382-9942
Fax: (404) 565-1103


ETHAN J. VERNON, J.D., MTX

Ethan J. Vernon is an associate at Asbury Law Firm, Tax Counsel. Ethan focuses his practice on federal and state tax controversies, tax litigation, business tax planning, and corporate organization.

Before joining Asbury Law Firm, Ethan was a tax consultant at a Big Four accounting firm. There, he prepared and reviewed state tax returns and assisted clients with state and local tax planning. Specifically, he advised clients on the state and local tax implications of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and corporate reorganizations.

Ethan graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law, where he received the CALI Award for Excellence (highest grade) in Partnership & LLC Taxation, Tax Clinic: Tax Court II, Corporate Finance, Civil Procedure II, and Legal Bibliography. While in law school, he represented individuals facing federal income tax controversy and collection issues as a student attorney in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Ethan also worked as a graduate research assistant for the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

Honors
CALI Award for Excellence (highest grade) in:
Partnership & LLC Taxation
Tax Clinic: Tax Court II
Corporate Finance
Civil Procedure II
Legal Bibliography

Associations
Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
Young Lawyer’s Division, American Bar Association
Taxation Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Tax Law Section, Atlanta Bar Association

Court Admissions
U. S. Tax Court
Supreme Court of Georgia

Bar Admissions
Georgia

Education
University of Georgia, B.B.A., Finance, 2012
Georgia State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2017
Georgia State University, MTX, 2017

Ethan J. Vernon, J.D., MTX
Email: ethan@asburylawfirm.com
Phone: (404) 382-9942
Fax: (404) 565-1103


ANDREW R. VAZQUEZ, ESQ.

Andrew Vazquez is an associate at Asbury Law Firm, Tax Counsel. Andrew focuses his practice on federal and state tax controversies, tax litigation, business tax planning, corporate organization, estate planning, and probate.

Before joining Asbury Law Firm, Andrew practiced in Atlanta representing clients in the resolution of federal and state individual income, corporate income, and employment tax issues.

In law school, Andrew represented individuals facing federal income tax controversy and collection issues as a student attorney and graduate research assistant in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Andrew also was an extern with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel . 

Associations
Treasurer, Taxation Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Tax Law Section, Atlanta Bar Association
Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta Bar Association
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Court Admissions
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions
Georgia

Education
Georgia State University, B.A., 2012
Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 2015

Andrew R. Vazquez, Esq.
Email: andrew@asburylawfirm.com
Phone: (404) 382-9942
Fax: (404) 565-1103


ARTHUR AUERBACH, CPA, CGMA

Arthur Auerbach is a Special Consultant to Asbury Law Firm serving clients with tax consulting, estate and financial planning for individuals and closely-held businesses. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York, Greater Washington D.C., Georgia and Virginia Societies of CPAs and a past member of the AICPA Individual Tax Resource Panel. He currently serves on the AICPA’s IRS Advocacy and Relations Committee and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accountancy. From February 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019, Art also serves on the AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee. He also currently serves on the Georgia Tax Commissioner’s Advisory Group. He is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs Financial Literacy Task Force and beginning June 1, 2018 will serve as chair of the GSCPA Tax Committee. He has served as an advisor to the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue and on the Tax Commissioner’s Advisory Group in Virginia, and is a member of the VSCPA Ethics Committee. Art also served on the Affordable Care Act task force of the American Institute of CPAs.

With over fifty years of experience working with small businesses, Art appreciates the challenges of complying with the myriad of regulations and requirements facing small and medium sized businesses trying to manage their tax obligations. His service on the Advisory Groups with the Tax Commissioners of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Georgia also provides experience in the problems of administering the complexities of the state and local tax obligations of small and medium sized businesses.

Art has taught hundreds of classes to CPAs across the county on a wide range of tax topics. He also has instructed on planning for retirement, budgeting for individuals and businesses, and planning for education. He also regularly advises practitioners and taxpayers how to navigate the Internal Revenue Service for a variety of issues.

Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA
Email: art@asburylawfirm.com
Phone: (404) 382-9942
Fax: (404) 565-1103