Updated: Aug. 28, 2019

Taxation Section

The Taxation Section provides current information on federal and state tax issues that directly affect practitioners in Washington. It gives new attorneys with an interest in tax law an opportunity to meet and discuss mutual areas of concern with established practitioners. The section assists in proposing and commenting on legislation and administrative rules affecting federal and state tax practice.

Through its website, list serve, and events throughout the year, the Taxation Section provides practical up-to-date information regarding the sections committees, activities, and other tax resources.

In accordance with the section's bylaws, and with the exception of law students, an individual must be an active member of the bar to join the Taxation Section.

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Join us! 

The Tax Section’s IRS Liaison Committee is hosting a Brown Bag Luncheon with Judge Joseph Robert Goeke of the U.S. Tax Court.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 12:15–1:30 p.m.
Where: WSBA office at 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600. 
Food: Bring your own lunch! 

Judge Goeke will be in Seattle presiding over the Tax Court Calendar beginning Monday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Nakamura U.S. Courthouse. At the luncheon, Judge Goeke will talk about the Tax Court and is happy to answer any questions.

BIOGRAPHY: Senior Judge Joseph Robert Goeke. b. Kentucky. B.S., cum laude, Xavier University, 1972; J.D., University of Kentucky, College of Law, 1975, Order of the Coif. Admitted to Illinois and Kentucky Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar), U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Trial Attorney, Chief Counsel's Office, Internal Revenue Service, New Orleans, LA, 1975-1980. Senior Trial Attorney, Chief Counsel's Office, Internal Revenue Service, Cincinnati, OH, 1980-85. Special International Trial Attorney, Chief Counsel's Office, Internal Revenue Service, Cincinnati, OH, 1985-1988. Partner, Law Firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, Chicago, IL, 1988 to 2003. Appointed by President Bush as Judge, United States Tax Court, on April 22, 2003, for a term ending April 21, 2018. Retired on April 21, 2018, but continues to perform judicial duties as Senior Judge on recall.

Congratulations New Executive Committee Members!

One-year terms, Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020.

Treasurer: Claire Taylor

At-Large Member: 

Rob McCallum

Bob Mahon

Darek Jarski

Scholarship Committee Chair: Jill Fairchild

Communications Committee Chair: Sam Barnes

Estate & Gift Tax Committee Chair: Mary Louden

International Tax Committee Chair: Nick Uren

DOR Liaison Committee Chair: Dan Jensen

CLE Committee Chair: Alison Warden

Legislative Committee Chair: Brett Durbin

State & Local Tax Committee Co-Chair:

Tyler Winterton

Arcadia Corbett

IRS Liaison Co-Chair:

William Richard (IRS Office of Chief Counsel)

Sandra Veliz (Private Practice)

Transactional Tax Committee Chair: Dana Romans

Pro Bono Committee Chair: Kristi Richards

Young Lawyer Committee Chair: Megan Lowe


Winter 2017-2018  │  Spring 2017  │  Winter 2016-2017

Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please e-mail sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

ChairRich Johnson

Chair-ElectGeorge Munro

TreasurerMegan Tahl

SecretaryBrett Durbin

Immediate Past PresidentSandra Veliz

At-Large Members:
Darek Jarski
Robert Mahon
Robert McCallum

Board of Governors Liaison: P.J. Grabicki*

Young Lawyer Liaison: Vacant

*Non-voting member

Committee Chairs

CLE ChairAlison Warden

DOR Liaison ChairDan Jensen

Estate and Gift Tax ChairMary Louden

International Tax ChairNick Uren

IRS Liaison Committee Co-Chairs: Nick Nilan & Claire Taylor

Legislative Committee ChairBrett Durbin

Communications & Website ChairSam Barnes

Pro Bono ChairEmily Yamada

Scholarship ChairJill Fairchild

State and Local Tax Co-ChairTyler Winterton & Arcadia Corbett

Transactional Tax ChairDana Romans

Young Lawyer Committee ChairKristi Richards

Learn more about the Taxation Section's Committees.

The WSBA Taxation Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Friday of each month, 8-9 a.m. Please contact committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact section Chair Rich Johnson.