Updated: April 27, 2022

Taxation Section

The Taxation Section provides current information on federal and state tax issues that directly affect practitioners in Washington. It gives new attorneys with an interest in tax law an opportunity to meet and discuss mutual areas of concern with established practitioners. The Section assists in proposing and commenting on legislation and administrative rules affecting federal and state tax practice.

Through its website, list serve, and events throughout the year, the Taxation Section provides practical, up-to-date information regarding the Section's committees, activities, and other tax resources.

In accordance with the Section's bylaws, and with the exception of law students, an individual must be an active member of the Bar to join the Taxation Section.

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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Applications open on March 14, 2022, and close at 5 p.m. May 10, 2022.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2022.

  • Secretary: partial-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Treasurer: partial-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • At-Large Member (three positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • CLE Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • DOR Liaison Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Estate and Gift Tax Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • International Tax Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • IRS Liaison Co-Chair (IRS Office of Chief Counsel): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • IRS Liaison Co-Chair (Private Practice): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Legislative Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Communications Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Pro Bono Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Scholarship Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • State and Local Tax Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Transactional Tax Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Young Lawyer Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • DEI Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): partial-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • DEI Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process

Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process

There will be a nominating committee comprised of the immediate-past chair, current chair, and chair-elect. The nominating committee will compile a list of nominees. Persons nominated to the office of treasurer must have served as a committee chair for no less than two-and-a-half years. The executive committee will approve a list of nominees for each open position. The executive committee will also have an alternative process to allow for nominations to occur outside of the nominating committee process.

Alternate Nomination Process

A section member may nominate another member or self-nominate during a regularly held meeting or by emailing the designated primary contact on the nominating committee. Any self-nominating member may submit materials through the online application process or by providing materials to the nominating committee. If another member is nominated, the Nominating Committee will reach out to the nominee and inform the individual of the consideration, and the individual may submit materials to the nominating committee or through the application process if the individual expresses interest in the role on the committee. All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on the ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the nominating committee.

Elections Process

 All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2022. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Volunteer Opportunities 

If you have any questions or would otherwise like to get involved with the Pro Bono Committee, please contact Jennifer Gellner at 425-235-5535 or jennifer@gellnerlawgroup.com.


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Executive Committee

Chair: Claire Taylor (2021-2022)

Chair-Elect: Kristi Richards (2021-2022)

Secretary: Megan Tahl (2021-2022)

Treasurer: Cat Connell (2021-2022)

Immediate Past ChairBrett Durbin (2021-2022)

At-Large Members:
Darek Jarski (2021-2022) 
Robert Mahon (2021-2022)
Sandra Veliz (2021-2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Lauren Boyd (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Daniel French (2021-2022)

*Nonvoting member

Committee Chairs

CLE Co-ChairsJason Harn  & Sophia Meglioli  (2021-2022)

DOR Liaison ChairDan Jensen (2021-2022)

Estate and Gift Tax Co-ChairsCat ConnellReed Jones
Allison Foreman (2021-2022) 

International Tax Co-ChairsTuan Ngo & Al Mullins  (2021-2022) 

IRS Liaison Co-Chairs: William Richard (IRS Office of Chief Counsel) & Tyler Jones - (Private Practice) (2021-2022) 

Legislative Co-ChairsBrett Durbin & Callie Castillo (2021-2022) 

Communications  ChairRich Johnson  (2021–2022)

Pro Bono ChairJennifer Gellner (2021–2022) 

Scholarship ChairEric Reutter (2021–2022) 

State and Local Tax Chair: Aaron Johnson (2021–2022) 

Transactional Tax ChairDaniel SIto (2021–2022) 

Young Lawyer Committee ChairMegan Lowe (2021–2022) 

Learn more about the Committees.

The WSBA Taxation Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Friday of each month, 8–9 a.m. Please contact committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.


Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact section Chair Claire Taylor.