State and Local Tax (SALT) attorney Bruce Ely was quoted in Bloomberg BNA on the passing of state tax legend Paul Frankel. Frankel was a widely respected SALT litigator that started his career before the state and local tax profession evolved into its present-day prominence. Practitioners widely regard him as the key figure who promoted the professional discipline, cultivated the SALT community and mentored practitioners now leading the field. He was also the namesake of several awards, including the Council On State Taxation's Paul Frankel Excellence in State Taxation Award and the NYU School of Professional Studies’ Paul H. Frankel Award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation.
Ely, the inaugural recipient of the NYU/Frankel award, recalled an amusing story “involving Paul the yin and his yang Rick Pomp as our expert witness.” During a hearing before Alabama Judge Bill Thompson, Alabama DOR employees packed the room “to watch the Frankel-Pomp Show,” recalled Ely. “And they didn't disappoint.”
The complete article, “End of an Era: State Tax Legend Paul Frankel Dies,” appeared in Bloomberg BNA on March 3, 2017. (login required)