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Date: May 12, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle

You are cordially invited to Garvey Schubert Barer's 2011 Washington Tax Strategies Seminar.

This year's topics include:

  • Excise Taxes: Recent State Legislation
  • Property Taxes: Recent Developments
  • Department of Revenue Updates
  • Judicial Perspective

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Registration
10:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Program
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Reception

Garvey Schubert Barer
Second & Seneca Building
1191 Second Avenue 18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: Complimentary. Lunch will be served.


Featured Speaker: Justice Richard Sanders, Washington Supreme Court (1996-2010)
Justice Richard B. Sanders served on the Washington Supreme Court from 1996 to 2010. During his 26 years of legal practice prior to becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sanders litigated more than 100 appeals (no fewer than 60 of which resulted in published opinions). On the Supreme Court he was one of its most prolific authors and is recognized nationally for his published opinions and other writings. As a private practitioner he championed the civil rights of his clients and as a Justice he regarded protecting our constitutionally guaranteed liberties as the first duty of the highest court.

Amber Carter, Director of Government Affairs for Tax and Fiscal Policy, Association of Washington Business
Amber Carter is the Director of Government Affairs for Tax and Fiscal Policy for the Association of Washington Business (AWB). She joined AWB in 1989. Amber has lobbied for laws to help employers on behalf of AWB since 1995. She has represented employers on a variety of issues including workers compensation, ergonomics, regulatory reform, and health care. Amber worked on landmark legislation (SB 5089) to enact the streamlined sales tax agreement in Washington State and works closely with business and state regulators on implementing the new law.

Brad Flaherty, Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division
Brad Flaherty is the Assistant Director for the Washington State Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Division which is responsible for general supervision and control of the states property tax system to ensure fair and uniform administration of property tax laws in Washington’s 39 counties. The division also has the responsibility to assess utility, transportation, and telecommunication properties, to properly determine the taxable or exempt status of nonprofit organizations and to establish the overall assessment level in each county to equalize utility values and the state school levy.

Neal Cook, Utility Valuation, Advisory, and GIS Program Manager, Washington State Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division Neal Cook is currently the Washington State Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division, Utility Valuation, Advisory, and GIS Program Manager. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute, a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and Certified by the Appraisal Foundation Appraiser Qualification Board as a National USPAP Instructor. He has over 40 years of experience as an appraiser and property tax administrator; including 15 years in the private sector, nearly 12 in county and 12 in state government.

Damian Hunt, Attorney
Damian Hunt was a Senior Tax Analyst at Expedia, Inc, where he focused his attention in the area of state and local tax with an emphasis on indirect taxes. Prior to joining Expedia, Mr. Hunt was an associate at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer where he focused his practice on state and local tax matters with an emphasis on valuation disputes and other property tax matters. Before joining Garvey Schubert Barer, he was an associate and a senior associate at Deloitte Tax LLP in the Multistate Tax Practice. Damian graduated from Saint Mary's College of California with a BA in History, received his law degree from Willamette University College of Law where he was a member of Law Review, and received his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington.

Norm Bruns, Of Counsel, Garvey Schubert Barer
Norman Bruns concentrates his practice on state and local taxation with particular emphasis on valuation disputes and other property tax matters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. His property tax experience includes a wide variety of commercial, industrial and utility property in cases posing the full range of procedural and substantive issues. Mr. Bruns also has extensive experience with other state and local taxes, such as income, sales/use, B&O, real estate transfer, other excise taxes and fees. Mr. Bruns has received formal training in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes.

David Canary, Of Counsel, Garvey Schubert Barer
After leaving the Tax Section of the Oregon Attorney General's Office where he represented the Oregon Department of Revenue in state income and property tax litigation cases, for the past 20 years David Canary has focused his practice primarily upon state income taxation and ad valorem taxation of commercial and industrial properties as well as multistate utilities and transportation companies. Mr. Canary has tried the two largest tax cases in Oregon's history and has represented taxpayers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Tennessee. He has to his credit a $5.7-million jury verdict in a breach of contract case.

Michelle DeLappe, Associate, Garvey Schubert Barer
Michelle DeLappe focuses her practice in the area of state and local tax, with an emphasis on property tax appeals and excise tax matters in Washington. She received her LL.M. in taxation from University of Washington School of Law. She has represented clients in resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service through the Federal Tax Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She also served as a judicial extern to Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.

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