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Overview

Brian brings an extensive background in State & Local Taxation (SaLT) when strategizing clients’ federal tax code matters.

Brian enjoys helping clients avoid missteps that can unintentionally trigger liabilities while simultaneously identifying available opportunities and avoiding controversy. His close monitoring of developing tax law affords him a comprehensive view of the nuanced federal tax code. He enjoys guiding healthcare providers, agribusiness leaders, manufacturers, retailers, developers, innovators and local businesses on optimal paths in both day-to-day tax matters and during business-critical transactions. Brian’s complex tax counsel to clients includes:

  • Mergers and restructurings
  • Tax incentives
  • Audits and returns
  • Golden parachutes
  • Repair versus capitalization
  • Like-kind 1031 exchanges
  • Corporate divestitures

Before joining the firm’s Federal Tax Planning team, Brian researched and analyzed SaLT issues with Berkshire Hathaway’s tax group as an intern, earned an advanced law degree in taxation and worked in the SaLT group of a Big Four accounting firm.


Services

Education

  • LL.M., New York University School of Law
    • Taxation
  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • CALI Award: Federal Income Taxation, Estate & Gift Tax, Antitrust, Commercial Law
  • B.S., Creighton University
    • Business Administration

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
Experience
  • Predicted multistate nexus tax issue in order to assist auto parts retailer selling in all 50 U.S. states plan for and avoid potential liabilities.
  • Navigated numerous clients through audits, identifying significant minimizations of tax assessment.
  • Routinely reviewed, researched and analyzed tax returns, refunds, audits, controversy matters and applicable statutes at Big Four accounting firm.
Outside the Office

Brian puts multi-tasking to the test.

Brian took on a side project when he started his law studies: a self-published novel based on the supernatural, “The Divination of Celia Connolly: A Magic Mystery.” Brian continued to work on the book while interning, clerking, earning his LL.M. in taxation and developing his law practice. When not writing, Brian enjoys following English Premier League soccer and spending time with his friends and family.

Community Leadership

When he was six years old, Brian became a lifelong volunteer.

With his father and other family members, Brian began volunteering with Operation Others, a student-led food basket program in his hometown of Omaha. The organization provides holiday meals to those experiencing food insecurity. In 2019, 500+ volunteers provided 1,200+ families with delivered donations. Brian currently serves in a coordinator role.

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