2019 American Bar Association/Institute for Professionals in Taxation Advanced State Income, Sales/Use & Property Tax Seminars
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112-2503
A widely respected thought leader on state and local tax issues, Eric Coffill brings 35 years of experience counseling clients on multistate tax controversy and litigation matters.
Eric counsels clients at the administrative, trial and appellate levels, particularly before the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and State Board of Equalization (SBE).
He advises manufacturers, government contractors, technology service providers and other industry-leading companies on all aspects of state and local taxes, including transactional, income, nexus and apportionment issues.
A former staff counsel to the California FTB and public defender for the Office of the California State Public Defender, Eric has extensive experience advising on California tax matters, having successfully litigated cases before the Supreme Court of California, the California FTB and the California SBE. Eric litigated the landmark case defining corporate business income. [Hoechst Celanese Corporation v. Franchise Tax Board (2001) 25 Cal.4th 508]
Eric is the author of more than 80 articles on a variety of state tax issues. His wealth of knowledge and experience in state tax disputes allows him to effectively advocate for his clients and has made him a sought-after speaker for numerous organizations, such as Tax Executives Institute (TEI). Eric currently teaches income and franchise taxation at the University of California, a position he has held since 1991. He also served as a state and local tax adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law for nearly 10 years.
Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland (US), Eric was managing partner of the Sacramento office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Named as “Band 1” Recommended for State & Local Tax in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007- 2018).
2017 “Lawyer of the Year - Tax,” Best Lawyers of America.
Life Fellow, American Bar Association
LL.M., Taxation, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1986
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1978
Moot Court Honors Board
M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2008
A.B., History, Occidental College, 1974
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court