Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer
Cynthia Morgan Ohlenforst Recognized as 2018 Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer
The Tax Section is pleased to recognize Cynthia Ohlenforst as Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer.
The award will be presented on June 21, 2018 at the
SBOT/Tax Section Annual Meeting Speaker/Awards Dinner in Houston.
Cindy Ohlenforst’s practice today, as throughout her career, is an eclectic mix of all things tax. She focuses on multistate and local taxes and on litigation and controversy work, but continues to enjoy a wide range of tax projects, including transactional and tax planning matters, and lobbying in multiple state and local jurisdictions. Having decided before college at Loyola University in New Orleans that she would be a litigator, she was surprised to find herself fascinated by her tax classes at Southern Methodist University School of Law. In 1980, she graduated first in her law school class, after taking both advanced litigation classes and advanced tax classes—and after having a baby during April of her first year. Cindy joined Hughes & Luce—which eventually merged into what is now K&L Gates—where she began working with the legendary Vester T. Hughes, the first recipient of the Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award.
A registered lobbyist in Texas, Cindy has co-authored sections of the Texas Tax Code and of the Internal Revenue Code, and has testified before legislative committees of multiple states. She has also litigated state and federal tax cases at both the trial and appellate levels, including work on U.S. Supreme Court cases. Her deal work includes projects for some of the world’s largest companies. Cindy is also a frequent speaker and author who co-authored the SMU Tax Journal’s Annual Survey of Texas Tax Law beginning in the 1980s.
Cindy has chaired the State Bar’s Tax Section, its State Tax Committee, and the Dallas Bar Association Tax Section, and has been a member of the Taxpayer Advisory Groups for multiple Texas Comptrollers. She has been named in Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America, the Dallas 500, Texas Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Dallas, Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, and the Top 50 Women in Texas, and elected to the American College of Tax Counsel. Cindy has also served in active leadership roles with many charitable organizations, including the United Way, Ursuline Academy, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, The Family Place, and Attitudes & Attire.
Cindy is as passionately dedicated to advancing women and diverse attorneys in the practice of law as she is to practicing law at the highest level. She co-chaired the State Bar’s Women in the Profession Committee during its first two years, and currently chairs the K&L Gates firm-wide Committee on Women in the Profession.
Cindy’s proudest accomplishment is having raised, with her amazing husband Pat, three accomplished daughters—a clinical psychologist, an orthodontist, and a veterinarian—each of whom benefitted from Cindy’s willingness to balance the demands of a challenging career with her non-negotiable commitment to being present for virtually every one of their practices, games, and performances.
Past Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Honorees
We are pleased to recognize and provide more information about our previous honorees:
2017 William D. ("Bill") Elliott
2016 Louise Hytken
2015 Sander Shapiro
2014 Hon. Juan F. Vasquez
2013 Ira B. Shepard (deceased)
2012 Emily Parker
2011 Stanley M. Johanson
2010 Charles O. Galvin (deceased)
2009 Stanley L. Blend
2008 Steve Salch (deceased)
2007 Buford P. Berry (deceased)
2007 Ron Kalteyer (deceased)
2006 Charles Hall
2003 Vester T. Hughes, Jr. (deceased)