Steve practices with the firm's state and local tax litigation group representing large and small companies in administrative protests of tax assessments before various taxing authorities. He also litigates tax assessments in Texas district courts and advises clients concerning the tax implications of business transactions. Prior to joining SD&M, Steve was a high school teacher and a coach for ten years.
Recognitions & Awards
Member, Texas Law Review
Recipient, Robert S. Strauss Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
Currently representing oil & gas service providers seeking refund of sales and use taxes paid on equipment used in saltwater disposal facilities.
Represents software service providers in disputes regarding the taxation of SaaS, and the line between the taxable sale of software and the nontaxable sale of software services performed on software not sold by the service provider.
Represents construction companies in audit and refund disputes related to sales and use tax.
Represents numerous restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and private clubs in audit disputes related to Texas mixed beverage taxes.
Resolved multi-million dollar audit and refund dispute for chemical manufacturer.
Bar Admissions & Activities
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas.
Vanderbilt University, B.A., Literature, 1992
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.A, Biblical Studies, 1999
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2009
Articles & Presentations
Co-Author, "Responding to Unique Tax Collection Procedures," American Bar Association Taxation Section Midyear Meeting, January 22-23, 2010.
Co-Author, "What's Happening Everywhere Today: Texas Tax Litigation," New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 28th Institute on State and Local Taxation, December 14-15, 2009.
Co-Author, "Latest and Greatest Tax Litigation," COST Pacific Southwest Regional State Tax Meeting, October 28, 2009.
Co-Author, "A Case Study for Administrative Hearings," IPT 2009 Sales & Use Tax Symposium, October 4-7, 2009.