2021 AIFT PROGRAM SPEAKERS

Speaker

Biography

Photo of David Aughtry AUGHTRY, DAVID D. – David Aughtry is the managing partner in the Atlanta Office of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White and Aughtry. David practices in the area of civil tax controversy, and he taught tax controversy as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law and served as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, “Litigating before the United States Tax Court” program. He is a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers and in the American College of Tax Counsel. Mr. Aughtry has served as the president and chairman of the Southern Federal Tax Institute.is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. She served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014) and is the author of five collections of poetry, including Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Monument: Poems New and Selected (2018); a book of non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010); and a memoir, Memorial Drive (2020) an instant New York Times Bestseller. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2017 she received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets since 2019, Trethewey was awarded the 2020 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize in Poetry for Lifetime Achievement from the Library of Congress.
Photo of Bruce Ely ELY, BRUCE P. – Bruce Ely is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley, Arant, Boult, and Cummings, LLP. His more than 30 years of experience have allowed him to handle projects as diverse as serving on the recruiting teams that successfully induced both Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai to locate their first U.S. manufacturing plants in Alabama to representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the Alabama Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities. His practice focuses on three concentric areas: representing taxpayers in federal, state and local administrative and judicial forums; advising companies on choosing the proper form of entity through which to conduct business in the southeast and potential tax incentives; and advising companies and various trade and professional organizations regarding state and local tax legislative matters.
Photo of Charles Fox FOX IV, CHARLES D. – Skip Fox is a partner in the Charlottesville office of McGuireWoods LLP and chair of the firm’s Tax and Employee Benefits Department. Skip concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate administration, trust law, and charitable organizations, and he has been on the faculty of the American Bankers Association’s National Trust School and National Graduate Trust School since 1987. Skip was an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law where he taught from 1983 to 2005, and he has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law since 2006. He speaks extensively around the country on estate planning topics, and he is the co-presenter of the long-running monthly teleconference series on estate planning and fiduciary law issues sponsored by the American Bankers Association. Skip has contributed articles to numerous publications and is a regular columnist for the ABA Trust Newsletter on tax matters. He is the author or co-author of seven books on estate planning topics, and he is a Fellow and President-Elect of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Photo of James Sowell SOWELL, JAMES B. – Jim Sowell is a partner with KPMG. He is a former chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the American Bar Association (Tax Section) and a former vice chairman of the Tax Policy Advisory Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, where he is an active participant on the Government Relations Committee. Jim also is on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Federal Tax Institute, where he formerly served as President. He was an Associate Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department where he was responsible for legislation and guidance relating to partnerships, REITs, and like-kind exchanges.
Photo of Stewart Curtis STEWART, CURTIS E. – Curtis Stewart was appointed a Deputy Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue in 2013. He has twenty-four years tenure with the Department, including recently serving as the Director of Tax Policy and Research. Curtis has also been appointed by Governor Bentley to the Board of Control of the Employees Retirement System of Alabama. The 13-member Board of Control is responsible for overseeing the operations of the ERS and protecting the benefits provided to its members.
BANKS, CRAIG – Craig Banks has served as the Chief Counsel for the Alabama Department of Revenue since 2019.  He has served as counsel for the Department since 2012.  During his tenure with the Department, Craig has represented the Department in litigation concerning all aspects of the state’s tax laws.

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