2022 Federal Tax Clinic | Speakers

Speaker information to come in 2022

Speaker Biography
AUGHTRY, DAVID D. – David Aughtry is a Shareholder in the Atlanta Office of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry. David practices in the area of civil tax controversy. In his prior life, he served as the Trial Attorney and Tax Shelter Coordinator for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service (1978-82) where he tried, among others, Walker v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 1982-495 (determination of hypothetical development highest and best use for a charitable contribution of land) before joining Chamberlain, Hrdlicka and defending various estate, gift, and valuation charitable cases of significance.
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 represent 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 the 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.
MCKINNEY, LISA- Lisa Mckinney joined The University of Alabama after practicing for eight years in public accounting. Ms. McKinney is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a member of the Alabama Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Women Accountants.
MILLER, KAREN- Karen Miller joined the faculty of the Culverhouse School of Accountancy at the University of Alabama in 2019 and currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate tax courses. Prior to joining the faculty at the Culverhouse School of Accountancy, Karen worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for twenty-two years, serving as a tax partner based in the firm’s Birmingham office.  During her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Karen specialized in providing tax consulting, compliance, and provision services to the firm’s publicly traded and privately held clients in the Southeast region.
NEISWENDER, HOWARD- Howard Neiswenderis a shareholder in Dentons Sirote’s Birmingham, Alabama, Alabama office, where he is a member of the Trusts, Estates, and Wealth Preservation practice group and leads the Dentons Sirote Family Business team. Howard provides comprehensive wealth planning for individuals and business owners. His representative work includes the use of innovative tax planning. Howard also works with United States citizens and foreign individuals and businesses in all areas of international planning.
SOWELL, JIM- Jim Sowell is a Principal at KPMG LLP and leads the Real Estate Practice in KPMG’s National Tax Office.  Jim’s practice is focused primarily on tax issues relating to partnerships, REITs, and debt workouts with respect to such entities.  Jim previously 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.  Jim is a former Chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the American Bar Association (Tax Section) and a former Vice Chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee. Jim is a member and former President of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Federal Tax Institute and is an active participant on NAREIT’s Government Relations Committee.