Tax Controversy and Litigation
J. Eric Butler is a Shareholder in the firm focusing his legal practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, business formations and commercial litigation, tax controversy matters, white collar criminal defense, and estate planning/probate matters. Mr. Butler handles a large range of tax matters for clients across the United States involving the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities, to include examinations of returns, collection of delinquent tax debts, criminal tax matters, international tax compliance and enforcement, and litigation of tax issues in both state and federal courts. Mr. Butler also represents accountants across the United States in malpractice defense, mitigation of potential malpractice claims, and disciplinary proceedings.
Mr. Butler received a three-year appointment (2013 through 2015) to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, which is a federal advisory panel established in 2002 under the authority of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is made up of volunteers appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. TAP members are assigned to separate Project Committees and include at least one representative from each state. Mr. Butler served on the Tax Forms & Publications Project Committee during his three-year term, which works to provide feedback to Internal Revenue Service on issues involving tax administration and improvements to tax forms and publications. In 2015, Mr. Butler served as Vice-Chair of the Tax Forms and Publications Project Committee. In 2016, Mr. Butler was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his contributions to TAP during his three-year term.
Mr. Butler is a frequent speaker to various organizations and businesses on issues involving tax law, business law, and estate planning/probate matters.
Kati Sanford Goodner
Tax Controversy and Litigation
Kati Sanford Goodner is based in the firm’s Knoxville office. Commercial Litigation and Tax Controversy are Kati’s primary focus, although her experience and practice routinely includes Estate and Trust Litigation, Conservatorships, and advising her small business clients in a variety of matters ranging from formation issues to shareholder disputes and litigation. With an extensive background in litigation, Kati represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Tennessee Department of Revenue in both civil and criminal tax matters, whether in the early stages of an examination, at the collections stage, or seeking relief from IRS liens and levies through the administrative process or in Court. She is adept at handling complex litigation, has represented clients in Tennessee and across the country, and she routinely works with professionals ranging from accountants to highly-specialized physicians and engineers.
Kati is a regular speaker and author on tax-related matters, including legislative changes and practical applications of the tax code for individuals and small businesses. In addition to serving on various boards within the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, she is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tax Law Section and the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. She also serves as a member of the City of Knoxville’s Better Building Board and enjoys working with middle school girls at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.
Ashley Hodges Morgan
General Tax and State and Local Tax
Ashley Hodges Morgan is based in the firm’s Memphis office. She focuses her practice on business and transactional matters, as well as federal, state and local taxation, including United States Tax Court litigation, letter ruling requests, civil tax disputes and controversy involving the Internal Revenue Service and various state and local tax authorities. Additionally, Ms. Morgan represents and advises accountants across the United States regarding mitigation of potential malpractice claims, malpractice defense and disciplinary proceedings.
Ms. Morgan and her husband, Cade Morgan, reside in Downtown Memphis.
Andrea C. Anderson
Estate Planning and Probate
Andrea Anderson is based in the firm’s Knoxville office. Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration are Andi’s primary focus, and her practice routinely includes federal and state taxation, business formation, and charitable organizations ranging from formation and operations to dissolution. Andi started her career working in a boutique estate planning law firm where she developed her skills in drafting and implementing estate plans and advising clients on how to achieve their planning goals in a tax efficient manner.
Ms. Anderson served as president of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity while attending The University of Tennessee College of Law and received special orders from the IRS to practice as a student attorney in the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, where she represented clients in tax controversy matters.
Jared S. Garceau
General Tax and General Business
Jared Garceau is an associate in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of business and commercial law, construction and general civil litigation. As a law student, Mr. Garceau was a two-year member of the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Team. He also received the 2014 Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise as well as Certificates of Academic Excellence for receiving the top grade in Legal Process I, Civil Procedure II, Torts II, Legal Profession, Fundamental Concepts of Income Taxation, Constitutional Law, American Jurisprudence, Investigatory Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence, Secured Transactions, Trial Practice, and Workers Compensation. Mr. Garceau worked as a law clerk for the firm during the summers of 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Garceau currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife, Danielle.
Michael S. Goode
Michael S. Goode, special counsel in the firm’s Nashville office, focuses his practice on the tax, business, and estate planning needs of families and businesses. On an international level, he also assists companies and individuals with their corporate and estate planning needs, including the resolution of reporting requirements. Michael serves as a trusted advisor to governmental agencies, and both small and large companies on various taxation issues.
Michael has extensive experience in preparing estate and business succession plans for a variety of clients both large and small, including those with closely held family businesses, large retirement accounts, and complex legal issues. He works directly with advisors, banks, and trust companies to provide innovative solutions to clients’ wealth preservation needs.
Michael prepares and reviews lease agreements, contracts, estoppels, and SNDAs. He has prepared corporate and tax provisions for large merger and acquisition transactions.
Michael represented a school district before the IRS under the Voluntary Correction Program and successfully resolved its pension plan’s operational failures without penalty to the school district and he wrote new pension legislation. Michael served as the business attorney for a mid-sized Asian company purchasing its first United States factory and assisted a European executive with his foreign account reporting issues and negations with the IRS.