Bruce P. Ely

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Bruce P. Ely

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Mr. Ely’s 33 years of experience have allowed him to handle projects as diverse as serving on the recruiting teams that successfully induced JVC America, Mercedes-Benz, and later Hyundai, to locate their first U.S. manufacturing plant in Alabama, while 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 before federal, Alabama, 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 and policy matters. 

Mr. Ely’s 33 years of experience have allowed him to handle projects as diverse as serving on the recruiting teams that successfully induced JVC America, Mercedes-Benz, and later Hyundai, to locate their first U.S. manufacturing plant in Alabama, while 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 before federal, Alabama, 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 and policy matters.

Frequently, Mr. Ely’s practice focuses on representing business taxpayers before federal, state, and local government agencies and in the Alabama courts. He co-chairs the firm’s State and Local Tax (SALT) Practice Team, which represents taxpayers before the Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi Departments of Revenue as well as local government taxing authorities and the state and federal courts. He has served as counsel to multistate taxpayers in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, but more often before the Alabama appellate courts, circuit courts, and the Alabama DOR’s Administrative Law Division.

He has also served as counsel to several state tax reform and economic development commissions over the years and has spoken and written extensively on those topics, as well as on other multistate tax issues and incentives matters.

Mr. Ely is a longstanding Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and is the only Alabama tax attorney included in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers. He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation, the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)/Tax Management Multistate Tax Reporter, and the Journal of Business Entities (Thomson-Reuters/RIA). He is also a member of the Alabama Law Institute and the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA).

Distinctions

 
  • First recipient of the Paul H. Frankel Award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU Institute on State & Local Taxation, December 2013)
  • Listed in State Tax Notes, "Top 10 Tax Lawyers in the United States," December 2011
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Litigation & Controversy-Tax, 2011-2015
    • Tax Law, 1997-2015
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Litigation & Controversy-Tax, 2012-2015
  • Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers, Tax, 2007-2014
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal, "International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers," 2009-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
  • Alabama State Bar Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • "Top Lawyers in Alabama," 2008-present
  • Listed in Birmingham Magazine as
    • "Top 100 People You Should Know," 2009
    • "Top Attorney," Tax Law, 2012-2014

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Alabama Law Institute (Member, 1995-current)
  • Multistate Tax Advisory Board, Bloomberg BNA (2000-current)
  • Advisory Board, New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation (2009-current)
  • Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 1993-current)
  • Alabama State Bar Tax Section (Section Chair, 1988-1989; Chair of Legislative Review Committee, 2005-current)
  • American Institute on Federal Taxation (Trustee, 1995-current)
  • Birmingham Business Alliance (Board of Directors, 2007-2010; Vice Chair-Pubic Policy, 2007-2009)
  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation (Chair, Pass-Through Entities Subcommittee, 2006-2012)
  • American Bar Association Section of Business Law (Vice-Chair, SALT Committee, 2005-2007)
  • Business Council of Alabama (Chair or Vice-Chair, Tax & Fiscal Policy Committee, 1986-2011)
  • Advisory Board, Paul J. Hartman/Vanderbilt University SALT Forum (1996-2009)

You May Not Know

Bruce serves as a deacon of his church.