Brian is a member of the firm’s Business Services Group where he concentrates his practice on taxation law, corporate and partnership taxation, tax controversies, and joint ventures and strategic collaboration.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • Tennessee, 2008

Distinctions

  • Chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, Lipscomb University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Recurring Guest Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School
  • Certified Public Accountant

Education & Honors

  • Georgetown University, LL.M., Taxation, 2004
  • University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 2001
    • Publication Editor, North Carolina Law Review
    • Brooks Scholarship for Outstanding Staff Service to the Law Review
    • J. Nelson Young Tax Scholarship 
  • Lipscomb University, B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 1995

Experience

  • Partner with Venable LLP in Washington and a Director in the Washington National Tax practice of KPMG where he advised clients on federal and state tax matters with emphasis on the healthcare (for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals) and real estate industries, including but not limited to, partnerships, S corporations, C corporations, REITs, REMICs and exempt organizations.
  • Advise clients in all aspects of state and federal tax controversy matters from the initial contact by the taxing authority to litigation, if necessary.
  • Advise clients regarding strategic business relationships, joint ventures, private equity investments, corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, tax and accounting issues, captive insurance arrangements, executive compensation (including Section 280G and Section 409A) and corporate governance.
  • Draft and negotiate term sheets and letters of intent for acquisitions and joint ventures; operating agreements and partnership agreements; and stock purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements.
  • Conduct internal investigations of publicly-traded and privately-held companies when an accounting irregularity may be present.
  • Courses Taught
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Taxation of Passthrough Entities
  • Taxation of Corporations
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Recurring quarterly column on real estate tax issues published in the Journal of Passthrough Entities.
  • Numerous panel presentations for various committees of the ABA Tax Section.
  • Modern Real Estate Transactions, ALI-CLE (2015).
  • Author, “Partnership Taxation: Issues & Strategies”, Lipscomb University: Updating the Accountant CPE Program (2014).
  • Author, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath Water—Proposed Regulations on Debt Allocations and Disguised Sales”, Tennessee Federal Tax Conference (2014). 
  • Broz v. Commissioner: How Not to Structure Back-to-Back Loans to an S Corporation”, TAXES: The Magazine (2014).
  • Author, “Corporate Governance Issues”, Lipscomb University: Updating the Accountant CPE Program (2013).
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments Affecting Real Estate and Pass-Through Entities", AICPA Real Estate Conference (2013).
  • "Recent Federal Income Tax Developments Affecting Pass-Through Entities", Tennessee Federal Tax Conference (2013).
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