The latest news & events including upcoming speaking and moderation dates as well as awards and articles.
Five attorneys from Asbury Law Firm have been recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.
Anson Asbury has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for the fourth year in a row.
Brian Gardner has been named as one of the 2023-2024 Nolan Fellows by the American Bar Association. Nolan Fellows are tax lawyers who are actively involved in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and have demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to the Section’s mission.
Asbury Law Firm has again been recognized as a Best Law Firm by U.S. New Best Lawyers for Tax Litigation and Tax Law.
Anson Asbury will discuss current developments in Conservation Easements at the Tulane Tax Institute in New Orleans on November 17, 2022.
Brian Gardner will moderate a panel on Depositions in Tax Court Litigation with Hon. Elizabeth Copeland, U.S. Tax Court, at the American Bar Association Tax Section Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas on October 18, 2022.
Asbury Law Firm attorneys Brian Gardner, Ethan Vernon, Andrew Vazquez, and Anson Asbury have all been recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers. All of the lawyers were recognized for Tax Law and Tax Litigation and Controversy. Brian Gardner was also recognized for Corporate Law and Andrew Vazquez was selected for Trusts & Estates.
Mark Mesler will be part of the panel, Strategic Considerations for IRS Audits, at the 2022 Tax Executives Institute Audit & Appeals Seminar on September 20, 2022 at the Capital One Hall in metro Washington, DC. Mark is a regular speaker at national and regional TEI events often sharing his extensive experience on managing large corporate examinations and appeals.
TEI’s 2022 Audits & Appeals Seminar will delve deeply into how tax administration has shifted and will equip in-house tax professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in this new environment. Offered as an in-person event for the first time in three years, the three-day seminar will take place September 20-22 at the recently opened Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC.
Art Auerbach and Anson Asbury will present a live, in-person version of their popular Georgia Society of CPAs video series, Tax Talk with Art & Anson, at the GSCPA Southeastern Accounting Show on August 25th at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lauren T. Heron was recently elected Secretary of the Taxation Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Lauren is a graduate of the Georgia State College of Law where she was the recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Tax Section Award and the Trammell Foundation Tax Clinic Outstanding Service Award for her participation in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.
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Commentary about the firm includes:
“The team’s tax knowledge is amazing.”
“Individual strengths include knowledge of the law, relationships with IRS, and finding creative resolutions for clients.“
“Asbury Law Firm has built an incredible team that understands the client’s urgency in any situation”
Mark Mesler has joined Asbury Law Firm as Senior Counsel. Mark is a retired Principal at Ernst & Young where he lead the firm’s Tax Controversy practice for the Central and Southeast United States. Mark has extensive background in corporate examinations, IRS appeals and sophisticated tax controversies. Before joining E&Y, Mark was a trial attorney for IRS Chief Counsel for over a decade. Mark was also a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council and served as Chair of the Large Business & International sub-group.
Mark’s 35+ years of experience in both corporate taxpayer representation and tax litigation provides a unique and valuable resource for clients. Mark will serve clients as an advisor and strategist for complex IRS matters, corporate examinations and IRS appeals.
Andrew R. Vazquez has been elected as Chairperson of the State Bar of Georgia Taxation Law Section. Andrew has served as a board member since 2019 and will serve a one-year term as Chair. Andrew has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and One to Watch by Best Lawyers for Tax Controversy and Trusts & Estates.
Asbury Law Firm has again been named a Leading Firm for Tax Litigation by Chambers USA. One of only seven law firms recognized for tax in the the state of Georgia, the team is described as having “exceptional depth and intellect” and “well staffed with with experts who are capable of handling sophisticated matters.” Anson H. Asbury is again a ranked lawyer and Brian Gardner and Ethan Vernon were noted among the key members of the team in the 2022 edition of the Chambers USA rankings.
Since 1990, Chambers & Partners has identified and ranked the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in more than 180 jurisdictions worldwide. Chambers bases its listings solely on extensive research and outside evaluations of merit through a rigorous client and competitor interview process.
Brian Gardner litigated this case at a prior firm with co-counsel Vivian Hoard. The case dealt with the disallowance of real estate losses as hobby losses under Section 183. The Tax Court ruled in favor of the taxpayers. See Walters v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2022-17.
Anson H. Asbury discusses the prevailing interpretive construction of the Qualified Conservation Contribution proceeds regulation and whether that interpretation can be supported based on a proper grammatical reading of the plain language of the regulation and widely accepted canons of legal interpretation.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Anson Asbury has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer. Anson is also ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Bar Foundation.
This marks Ethan Vernon‘s second year on the Rising Stars list. Andrew Vazquez makes his first appearance as a Rising Star in 2022. Both Ethan and Andrew have been named Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers in America.
Anson Asbury & Brian Gardner will join Greg Rhodes of Dentons on the Stafford Webinar panel, Conservation Easements: Defending IRS Challenges. Overcoming Audits, Structuring Deed Language for Perpetuity on March 8, 2022.
Anson will join Hon. L. Paige Marvel, U.S. Tax Court, and David D. Aughtry at the American Bar Association Judicial Section’s Bench & Bar Academy on a panel discussing Tax Court procedure and opportunities for inexperienced Tax Court practitioners to assist self-represented taxpayers. Demystifying the Tax Court, Bench & Bar Academy, April 5, 2022, Atlanta, Georgia.
Brian Gardner is the co-author of the chapter, Collection Due Process and Equivalent Hearings, in the 8th Edition of the American Bar Association’s treatise, Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS.
Andrew Vazquez was selected as the Chair-Elect of the Georgia Bar Association Taxation Law Section. Andrew has been an officer of the Taxation Law Section for several years, previously serving as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chair.
Andrew is recognized as One to Watch by Best Lawyers and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.
Asbury Law Firm has been named a Leading Firm for Tax Controversy by Chambers USA. Anson H. Asbury is a ranked lawyer and Brian Gardner and Ethan Vernon were noted among the key members of the team in the 2021 edition of the Chambers USA rankings.
Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Chambers collects hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview.
Anson Asbury has been named as a Georgia Super Lawyer for six consecutive years. Anson is also ranked by Best Lawyers in America and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Bar Foundation.
It is the fourth consecutive year that Brian Gardner has been recognized as a Rising Star Ethan Vernon‘s first year on the Rising Stars list. Both Brian and Ethan have been named Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers in America.
Anson Asbury was quoted in the December 16, 2019 edition of Tax Notes questioning the application of penalties as asserted by the Department of Justice in Zak v. U.S. Anson agreed with the Judge’s determination that the consultant in the case was not an appraiser. However, he also questioned how an appraiser might be subject to penalties as a tax return preparer. Referring to the Judge’s ruling on that point he said, “I’m not sure if the statutory construction supports it here”
Anson will present “Wasn’t Expecting That: Income Tax Issues for Elders and Estates” at the Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Section Luncheon on October 29, 2019 at Maggiano’s in Buckhead. Please click the link to register.
Anson Asbury and Art Auerbach present “IRS Structure Update” on December 5, 2018 at the Georgia Society of CPAs IRS Solutions Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Anson presents “Learning to Fly: The New Partnership Audit Rules” on August 30, 2018 at the Georgia Society of CPAs Southeastern Accounting Show (SEAS) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Beginning June 1, 2018, Art will serve as chair of the Georgia Society of CPAs Tax Committee
Anson presents “The New Partnership Audit Rules: Are You and Your Clients Ready?” on May 31, 2018 at the Georgia Society of CPAs 2018 Tax Reform Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Anson will present “Who Made Who?: Defining Employee or Contractor For Tax Purposes” on May 21, 2018 at the Spring Accounting Expo of the Houston Society of CPAs in Houston, Texas.
Anson presents “Give it Away Now: An Update on Conservation Easements, Charitable Deductions and Substantial Compliance” on May 11, 2018 at the 2018 ABA Tax Section May Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Anson was quoted in Tax Notes Today on the lack of procedural safeguards as the IRS plans to revoke passports for individuals with $50,000 of tax debt. Read the article.
Anson H. Asbury of Asbury Law Firm and David D. Aughtry of Chamberlain Hrdlicka were the featured speakers for a Federal Bar Association Tax Section panel on conservation easements moderated by Chuck Hodges of Jones Day.
Fans of the CPE Webcast Art & Anson Talk Tax produced by the Georgia Society of CPAs can join the North Atlanta Tax Council in December for a live session. Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA and Anson H. Asbury, J.D., LL.M. will banter about the latest tax news and trends.
Anson will present two sessions: “This is Happening: The New Partnership Audit Rules” and “Where Do We Go From Here: The Current State of Civil Tax Penalties” on December 1, 2017 at the Georgia Tax Forum in Savannah, Georgia. Visit the Georgia Society of CPAs to register.
Read Anson’s Bloomberg BNA TM Memorandum article, Can’t Get There From Here, The IRS Travel Ban on Tax Debtors, about IRS passport restrictions for people with more than $50,000 of tax debt.
Reproduced with permission from Tax Management Memorandum, 2017. Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com.
BNA Daily Tax Report asked Anson to comment on a recent U.S. District Court case protecting taxpayer privilege in a micro-captive insurance case. IRS Can’t Go After Privileged Documents Before Defense Raised, BNA Daily Tax Report, September 6, 2017.
BNA Daily Tax Report quoted Anson on the 5th Circuit’s recent decision in the Bosque Canyon Ranch conservation easement case.