Steve practices with the firm's state and local tax litigation group representing large and small companies in administrative protests of tax assessments before various taxing authorities. He also litigates tax assessments in Texas district courts and advises clients concerning the tax implications of business transactions. Prior to joining SD&M, Steve was a high school teacher and a coach for ten years.
Recognitions & Awards
Member, Texas Law Review
Recipient, Robert S. Strauss Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
Successfully representing a Fortune 500 company with over 30 administrative appeals before the Texas Comptroller for various franchise tax assessments.
Eliminated a $500,000 mixed beverage tax assessment against an Austin night club.
Currently representing a Fortune 500 company regarding the taxability of its fleet of corporate aircraft.
Represented a Canadian company in the preparation and filing of voluntary disclosure agreements on a nation-wide basis. Obtained substantial reductions in potential liability for unpaid state franchise and sales taxes.
Bar Admissions & Activities
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas.
Vanderbilt University, B.A., Literature, 1992
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.A, Biblical Studies, 1999
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2009
Articles & Presentations
Co-Author, "Responding to Unique Tax Collection Procedures," American Bar Association Taxation Section Midyear Meeting, January 22-23, 2010.
Co-Author, "What's Happening Everywhere Today: Texas Tax Litigation," New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 28th Institute on State and Local Taxation, December 14-15, 2009.
Co-Author, "Latest and Greatest Tax Litigation," COST Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Meeting, October 28, 2009.
Co-Author, "A Case Study for Administrative Hearings," IPT 2009 Sales & Use Tax Symposium, October 4-7, 2009.