Weekly Roundup: Bloomberg BNA Honors Paul Frankel with Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Tax

Paul Frankel, senior counsel with Morrison and Foerster's State and Local Tax Group and former Chairman of Bloomberg BNA's State and Local Advisory Board, received the 2013 Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Taxation.

The award was presented Dec. 12 at a meeting of the Bloomberg BNA State Tax Advisory Board in New York City. The  Latcham  Award is named for Franklin C.  Latcham, former Advisory Board chair and founder of Bloomberg BNA's State Tax Portfolio Series. Accepting the award on Frankel's behalf was Hollis Hyans, a partner with Morrison and Foerster and his colleague in the firm's state and local tax group for nearly 20 years.

"Paul asked me to convey that he is honored to receive the award and that it means a lot to him." Hyans said. "Bloomberg BNA has played a large role in Paul's life and so did Frank Latcham, who was a mentor to Paul." 

A special aspect of this award is that Frank Latcham was a mentor of Paul's at Morrison and Foerster, said George Farrah, executive editor of Bloomberg BNA Tax & Accounting. "Frank was Bloomberg BNA's first State Tax Advisory Board Chairman. He hand-picked Paul to lead us after he stepped down."  

"During his tenure as the chairman of our advisory board, Paul wrote numerous articles for us and was an invaluable source of guidance," said Farrah. 

Frankel is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of multistate taxation. He is credited with being a passionate advocate for taxpayers' rights. Many in the state and local tax community consider him to be a mentor and friend. "Paul smoothed the way for so many of us when we were just entering the field," said Stephanie Lipinski Galland, a partner with Williams Mullen.    

Richard Pomp, a law professor at the University of Connecticut and prominent state tax expert, described his long relationship with Frankel, which first began in 1979 when the two advocated for an independent tax tribunal in New York. After sharing several humorous anecdotes about Frankel, Pomp concluded by saying: "No one is a more brilliant strategist than Paul. No one is a more superb litigator than Paul. No one fills the room with joy and humanity the way Paul does. And everyone he touches feels richer for the experience." 

Earlier recipients of the Latcham  Award include: Marilyn A. Wethekam, a partner with Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. in Chicago; Richard Pomp, professor of law at the University of Connecticut; Judge Bill Thompson, chief administrative judge for the Alabama Department of Revenue; Prentiss Willson, former national director of Ernst & Young's State and Local Tax Practice and Procedure; Richard Genetelli, of the Genetelli Consulting Group; Walter Hellerstein, professor of law at the University of Georgia Law School; James Buresh, former national partner in charge of sales and use tax practice for Deloitte and Touche; Jack Cronin, former partner in charge of Deloitte Tax's Multistate Tax Practice; Jean Walker, retired senior manager with Ernst & Young; William R. Brown, first executive director of COST; the late Paull Mines, general counsel with the Multistate Tax Commission; Joanne Garvey, member of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco; William Peltz, senior tax counsel for Shell Oil Corp.; Gerald Goldberg, former executive director of the California Franchise Tax Board; California tax attorney John Warren; the late educator and author Jerome Hellerstein; and Eugene Corrigan, first director of the Multistate Tax Commission.

By Steven D. Roll

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