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TAX ALLIANCE CONFERENCE


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​Gary Bluestein focuses his practice exclusively on tax representation.  Prior to entering private practice, Gary served as a Senior Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and was a Special Assistant United State’s Attorney.  Gary was hired by the Department of Treasury through the Government’s Honors Program.  During his Government Service, Gary represented the IRS in both the United States Tax Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court.  He also served on several National Task Forces addressing IRS enforcement issues and received numerous Government Merit Awards for his work related thereto.

Gary is an Adjunct Professor of Tax Practice & Procedure at the University at Buffalo School of Law and has taught in the Canisius College’s Master in Tax Program.  Gary frequently lectures and writes on a variety of topics relating to tax representation for numerous local and national professional groups.  He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the Tax Committee and the Bankruptcy Committee, and serves on the Planning Committee for the Institute on Taxation.  Gary has also made appearances on local television and radio shows and was named in Business First’s “Who’s Who in the Law” and in New York State Super Lawyers for his expertise in Tax Practice.

Gary is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States Tax Court, the Bankruptcy Court and the Western District Court for the State of New York. He received his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law in May of 1984.  


Bryan Camp is a professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law since 2001.  Bryan practiced law for 13 years.  As an Assistant County Attorney for Arlington, Virginia, he spent two years practicing what he calls “transactional constitutional law” as well as litigating child abuse cases for the local child welfare agency. He then moved to private practice at Quinn & Racusin in Washington D.C., doing litigation, commercial law, contract law, and estate planning. Professor Camp then returned to public service at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s National Office in Washington, D.C. where he experienced the myriad delights and subtleties of the Tax and Bankruptcy Codes. Professor Camp was privileged to be a fly on the wall when Congress ground out the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (the RRA) and participated in the IRS efforts to affect that legislation. At the IRS Professor Camp received numerous awards, the last one being the 2000 Attorney of the Year for the General Litigation Division.

Professor Camp has authored over 54 published articles and treatise chapters. His scholarship on taxation of cyberspace has taken him to London and Berlin to advise government agencies. In addition, his long-standing and continuing interest in United States legal intellectual history and social history is reflected in his selection to participate in the 2003 Supreme Court Historical Society's summer seminar and in scholarly presentations before the New York Historical Society and Haverford College.

Professor Camp has received recognition for his scholarship. In 2007 and 2010 he was named the Law School’s Outstanding Researcher. In 2008, he was awarded the George H. Mahon professorship. In 2010, the Texas Bar Foundation recognized Professor Camp for Best Law Review Article published in Texas.


Professor Camp is active in the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation where he was honored to have chaired the Individual and Family Taxation Committee. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Practicing Tax Lawyer. He has given over 45 CLE presentations since 2003. 


​​Kyle Coleman's practice concentrates on federal tax related controversy matters, including litigation in Federal District Courts, the United States Tax Court, and the Court of Federal Claims.  Mr. Coleman also represents taxpayers in Internal Revenue Service audits, appeals, and collection actions.  Kyle has been admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Colorado and the United States Tax Court.  


In addition to tax controversy, Mr. Coleman also represents clients in estate and business planning as well as asset protection.  His practice includes entity formation, asset transfers, and wills and trusts.  Kyle can be contacted at 972.810.4380.


​Trenda B Hackett, CPA ​is a senior technical editor of PPC and Checkpoint products for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters. Trenda has over 25 years of experience in tax and accounting including 15 years as an Internal Revenue Agent. She is a member of the TSCPA Relations with IRS Committee and the sole practitioner of her small private practice, which has a significant focus on tax preparation and IRS Representation.  Trenda has tax software development experience as a business systems analyst for the GoSystem Tax partnership product of Thomson Reuters.  She specializes in IRS Practice and Procedures with a significant focus on tax-related identity theft and security breach issues. She is a coauthor of PPC’s Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft and a contributing editor of Checkpoint’s IRS Response Library.  




Larry Jones advises and represents clients in IRS tax controversies which include audits, appeals, collections, criminal tax investigations, and civil and criminal tax litigation.  Larry represents tax professionals before the Office of Professional Responsibility.  He advises and assists corporations and individual businesses by furnishing general legal services necessary to the proper conduct of their business operations, and represents clients in the purchase and sale of businesses.  He is committed to excellence in the practice of law and offers his clients timely, effective and efficient personalized service.


Prior to entering private practice, Larry was a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  During his time there, he received substantial trial experience in tax cases.  Larry represents taxpayers before all levels of the IRS, and in litigation against the IRS.  Larry has successfully represented tax professionals facing proposed sanctions by the Office of Professional Responsibility.  He is a partner in the law firm of Townsend & Jones, LLP, which has offices in Dallas and Houston.  Larry is the past chairperson of the IRS North Texas District Director's Practitioner Liaison Committee, Larry is director of the Federal Taxpayers clinic at SMU Dedman School of Law and teaches Federal Tax Procedure at the Law School.  Larry and his partner, Jack Townsend, are in Chambers USA:  American's Leading Lawyers for business and were chosen as Texas Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly.


Larry is a teacher, author, recognized public speaker and authority on tax controversy matters, and how to effectively deal with the IRS.  He has taught Criminal Tax Fraud and Taxation of Property Dispositions at the SMU Dedman School of Law.  Larry has developed, written and taught courses for various professional organizations involving all aspects of the IRS including but not limited to audits, appeals, collections, and negotiating with the IRS.  In the past Larry has co-sponsored the Forum on Doing Business with the IRS and the Texas Society of CPAs.


Larry is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure published by CCH and he writes a column on examination issues for this publication.  Larry has published various articles on dealing with the IRS.  He is co-author of Guide to Dealing With the IRS published by Practitioners Publishing Co.  Larry may be reached at 214.696.2661. 


Patti Logan became an enrolled agent after working for the Internal Revenue Service as an Insolvency Technician, Revenue Officer and Offer Specialist.  She left the Service in 1993 and formed The Tax Group specializing in representation.  She has been an expert witness on several cases.  Patti is a frequent speaker to various tax related organizations throughout the nation.  Patti's articles have been featured in several national and local journals.  She has been a columnist for CCH's Journal of Tax Practice and Procedures and is a contributing author of PPC's Dealing With the IRS.  She is a proud recipient of the Texas Society of Enrolled Agent's Founder's Award, The Charles Goodnight Award for Enrolled Agent of the Year and the 2006 Extra Mile Award from the Tax Alliance Conference.  In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Education Award in recognition of her leadership and promoting quality continuing education on behalf of the National Association of Enrolled Agents - Education Foundation.  Patti is a past president of the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents and the Plano Area Enrolled Agents.  She is a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute and former dean of the organization. 


She currently serves on the board of directors of the Tax Alliance Conference, Inc. 


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​Bruce McGovern is a tenured member of the faculty and an Associate Dean at South Texas College of Law Houston, where he also serves as Director of the school’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.  He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.  After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Thomas Meskill on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.  He then practiced law with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  He subsequently earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he taught as a visiting faculty member before joining the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston.


Professor McGovern teaches and writes in the areas of business organizations and taxation.  His courses include Federal Income Taxation, U.S. Taxation of International Transactions, Partnership and Subchapter S Taxation, and Federal Tax Procedure.  He frequently speaks on recent developments in federal income taxation.  Professor McGovern is a member of the Council of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, a former Chair of the Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.


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