Prepared by Chris Byrne
Updated June 2023
Careers in Tax Law: Perspectives on the Profession and What It Holds for You, John Gamino and Robb A. Longman, Chicago: American Bar Association Taxation, 2009.
KF 299.T3 C37
This work presents a series of miniature autobiographies by a broad cross section of working tax professionals. Each autobiography stands as a unique story of paths taken, choices made, and lessons learned.
David, Theodore M., "The Eight Wonders of the Modern Tax Practice World." 23 Practical Tax Lawyer 21 (Spring 2009).
Field, Heather M., "An Introduction to Tax Careers for J.D.s." 38 ABA Tax Times 30 (June 2019).
Galler, Linda. "Why Do Law Students Want to Become Tax Lawyers?" 68 The Tax Lawyer 305 (Winter 2015). A law professor profiles the types of students who are drawn to careers in tax law.
Hu, Robert H., "A Resource Guide to Tax Law Careers." 22 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 113 (Spring 2003). (Available in law library workroom -- ask librarian for access.)
This guide is designed to assist law students as attorneys in the pursuit of careers in tax law. Print and online resources are listed.
Lipinski Galland, Stephanie Anne, "SALT: A Rich Legacy and Richer Future." 68 The Tax Lawyer 581(Summer 2015). A brief introduction to--and invitation to learn more about--careers in the dynamic field of state and local tax ("SALT") law.
Parker, Emily A., "Stroke of the Scrivener's Pen: Role of a Tax Planner and Litigator." 69 The Tax Lawyer 477 (Spring 2016). A former managing partner of Thompson & Knight LLP's Dallas office describes, compares, and contrasts the fields of tax planning and tax litigation while reflecting on a career that has spanned both fields. Also discusses ethical considerations specific to the practice of tax law in a private firm setting.
Sontag, Matthew., "Emily and Shane Kiggen's Path to Finding Their Passion for Tax." 35 ABA Tax Times 46 (Aug. 2016).
A husband and wife detail their careers in tax law.
Taylor, Steven. T., "Finding Passion in Taxes: An Enthusiastic Attorney Serves National Clients From Small Firm." 31 Of Counsel 3 (Feb. 2012).
This article contains an interview of an attorney who specializes in state and local tax law.
Annual Conference on Taxation. National Tax Association-Tax Institute of America.
Columbus, OH: The Association, 1973 -
Institute on Federal Taxation. New York University.Albany
NY: Banks & Co.,1943 -
Major Tax Planning. University of Southern California Law Center.
New York, NY: Matthew Bender, 1948 -
Tulane Tax Institute.
New Orleans, 1976 -
Southern Federal Tax Institute.
Atlanta, GA: Southern Federal Tax Institute, Inc., 1965 -
Tax Conference. Marshall-Wythe School of Law.
Williamsburg, 1955 -
Chapel Hill, NC, 1997 -
New York University Tax Law Review
To listen to tax attorneys discussing their careers: People in Tax Podcast
To locate attorneys and firms practicing in area of tax law:
A free version is Martindale-Hubbell is available on the web at
American Bar Association Section of Taxation
This organization has more than 40 active committees that cover every conceivable tax area. It sponsors a variety of CLE programs and publishes scholarly as well as a news publication.
American Taxation Association
The ATA promotes excellence in tax education, research, and practice through programs and publications.
Institute for Professionals in Taxation
IPT fosters education of corporate property and sales tax representatives, attorneys, appraisers, consultants, and accountants who represent corporate taxpayers.
National Association of Tax Practitioners
NATP is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to excellence in taxation and financial related services.
National Tax Association
NTA promotes nonpartisan academics, study of taxation by disseminating research through publications and conferences.
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