State and Local Tax (SALT) attorney Bruce Ely was quoted in Bloomberg BNA on the retirement of Judge Bill Thompson from the Alabama Tax Tribunal in April. In his 34-year career and thousands of cases as Alabama's tax judge, Judge Thompson has had only 15 decisions reversed.
His friends know him to be “quite proud of his record on reversals,” said Ely. He's had no decisions reversed by higher courts in at least six years, since the current revenue commissioner, Julie Magee, took that post, Ely noted. Tax practitioners and revenue department officials alike view him as an even-handed judge who treats both sides fairly.
“No doubt he faced some pressure from a few previous commissioners, but he has been doggedly independent for many years,” Ely said.
The complete article, “Alabama’s Long-Time, ‘Doggedly Independent’ Tax Judge Retires,” appeared in Bloomberg BNA on March 7, 2017. (login required)