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Morris, Manning & Martin Launches Tax Controversy Practice with Hiring of Two Top Tax Controversy Attorneys


Atlanta (June 6, 2023) – Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP announced today the launch of its new tax controversy practice with the arrival of two highly experienced tax controversy attorneys. Barclay Taylor and William Stone, who joined the firm’s litigation practice in Atlanta as of counsel and associate, respectively, will launch the new practice.

The new team offers sophisticated defense of individuals, businesses, investment funds, and other taxpayers in disputes involving both the IRS and state taxing authorities.

Both Taylor and Stone came from Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, William and Aughtry, P.C.’s tax controversy group. Their experience encompasses representing clients during all phases of federal income tax controversies including IRS audit, administrative appeals, and court proceedings in the U.S. Tax Court.

“With the growing intensity of tax enforcement this year, having a dedicated practice geared towards counseling clients in disputes that arise after filing a tax return has been a strategic priority for the firm,” said Matt Peurach, partner in the firm’s tax practice and chair of the firm’s opportunity zones practice. “We are thrilled with the experience and talent that Barclay and William bring and have already discussed collaborative opportunities throughout our thriving litigation and real estate practices.”

“There are not enough firms in the South that excel at tax controversy, so starting this practice at Morris Manning was a huge opportunity for us,” said Taylor. “What we do complements the firm’s existing tax practice, which focuses on tax planning. William and I are able to help taxpayers with any disputes that arise after the planning phase.”

Stone added: “Morris Manning is known for its entrepreneurial culture, so we are eager to come in on the ground floor to start and grow this practice with unwavering support from leadership. Taxpayers of all sizes and scopes are susceptible to tax issues and this is a firm that is committed to exploring every possible approach to achieve the best result. It’s very exciting to be here.”

Barclay also leverages his previous experience as an international tax associate KPMG, LLP, a global accounting firm. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from The University of Georgia and his law degree from Mercer University. He also holds an LL.M. in taxation from SMU Dedman School of Law.

Prior to working at Chamberlain, Stone served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph W. Nega of the United States Tax Court.  During law school, Stone worked in the largest low-income tax clinic in the country and looks forward to helping pro bono clients at Morris Manning. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and his law degree from Georgia State University. He also holds an LL.M. in taxation from The University of Florida.

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