Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer

2017 Call for Nominations for the Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award

The Council of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section is soliciting nominees for the Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award. Help us continue this long-standing tradition of the Tax Section by nominating a qualified candidate. Please describe the nominee’s qualifications using the form on the next page. Feel free to attach additional sheets if needed.

Nominees must be: (i) a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas; (ii) an inactive member thereof; (iii) a former full time professor of tax law who taught in an accredited Texas Law school; or (iv) a full time professor of tax law who is currently teaching at an accredited Texas Law School. In addition, qualified nominees must have (1) devoted at least 75% of his or her law practice to taxation law, and (2) been licensed to practice law in Texas or another jurisdiction for at least ten years.[1] The award may be granted posthumously.

In selecting a winner, the Council will consider a nominee’s reputation for expertise and professionalism within the community of tax professionals specifically and the broader legal community; authorship of scholarly works relating to taxation law; significant participation in the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, local bar associations, or legal organizations; significant contributions to the general welfare of the community; significant pro bono activities; reputation for ethics; mentorship of other tax professionals; experience on the bench relating to taxation law; experience in academia relating to taxation law; and other significant contributions or experience relating to taxation law.

Nominations should be submitted to Catherine Scheid, Tax Section Secretary, by email to ccs@scheidlaw.com no later than April 1, 2017. The award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Tax Section in Dallas, Texas on June 23, 2017.

Louise Hytken Recognized as 2016 Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer
 The Tax Section is pleased to recognize Louise Hytken as Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer.
The award was presented on June 16, 2016 at the SBOT/Tax Section Annual Meeting Speaker’s Dinner. 

Louise Hytken worked for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice for more than 37 years. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1972 with a B.S. degree in mathematics, and graduated cum laude from Arizona State University Law School in 1976.

In 1984, she became the attorney in charge of the Dallas Field Office and continued to serve in that role until the field office became the Civil Trial Section-Southwestern Region in 1994. She served as the Section Chief for the Southwestern Region of the Civil Trial Section and, with a staff of about 20 attorneys, was responsible for tax cases in the district courts and bankruptcy courts in Texas and New Mexico. Her office litigated some of the largest dollar and most sophisticated tax cases in the country.

Louise is board certified in tax law, has been a licensed attorney for over 40 years, and has devoted her professional life to tax law. In 2014, she served as the Chair of the Dallas Bar Tax Section.

Louise is also involved in community service. She is a volunteer with Reading Partners at a local school. Previously, she was the Board President of another non-profit. She is also qualified as an arbitrator with FINRA.
Past Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Honorees

We are pleased to recognize and provide more information about our previous honorees:

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  
2007    Ron Kalteyer (deceased) 
2006    Charles Hall 
2003    Vester T. Hughes, Jr.


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