Tax Law, Ethics, Business Law

Business Law Forum 2020: 2-Day, Full Program Registration

Taxing Issues for the Tennessee Business Lawyer

***Registration for this program has ended***

The Business Law Forum originally scheduled for April 30 will now be a virtual CLE event, held over two days on July 23 and July 29. The schedule and program details can be found below.


Anyone practicing business law in Tennessee knows that a knowledge of federal and state tax law and regulation can be critical to offering accurate and complete legal counsel. This is true whether one's practice is transactional, advisory, or advocacy-oriented. A basic proficiency in principles of taxation may seem easy to achieve, but the landscape is constantly changing. The interactions between federal and state rules are not always obvious. This complex legal environment makes business lawyering challenging.

With that in mind, this year's Business Law Forum addresses a number of key tax matters relevant to business law practice in Tennessee. The overall program features experts in business and tax law offering real-world recommendations and suggestions on areas of particular concern to business lawyers in Tennessee. The sessions on the first day focus principally on Tennessee state and local taxation, including general matters related to entity choice and Tennessee tax incentives. A distinctive element of the program involves a dual-credit session in which a leader of the TBA Business Law Section offers a glimpse of how tax impacts his practice in any given week. The sessions on the second day focus principally on federal tax law and regulation, including the taxation of LLCs, “hot topics” in entity-based transactional tax planning, and federal tax savings using opportunity zones. All of the sessions throughout the two-day forum are designed specifically for Tennessee practitioners who focus on business and tax law issues from a variety of perspectives and practice settings.


Day 1: Thursday, July 23:

  • 9 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. ET: "The Day in the Life of a Typical (and Ethical) Business Lawyer - A Panel Discussion" by Van East and Nathan Harris (Dual)
  • 10 a.m. CT / 11 a.m. ET: "Volunteer Taxation: Choice of Entity in Tennessee" by Ansley Moses
  • 11 a.m. CT / 12 p.m. ET: "Tennessee’s Southern Tax Hospitality" by Michael Cottone and Stephen Jasper

Day 2: Wednesday, July 29:

  • 9 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. ET: "The LLC's Place in Post-TCJA Entity Selection" by Alex Davie, Chandler Waits and Kevin McAdams
  • 10 a.m. CT / 11 a.m. ET:  "COVID-19 and Transaction Tax Planning" by Leigh Griffith, Michelle Kwon and Don Leatherman
  • 11 a.m. CT / 12 p.m. ET: "Assessing the Opportunity: An In-Depth Discussion of Legal Issues Related to the Qualified Opportunity Zone Legislation" by Kirby Yost and Chris Hanewald  


In an effort to provide flexibility for attendees, the TBA is offering various registration options:


This virtual event will be live on Zoom. Attendees will be able to ask questions through the chat feature. The email associated with your TBA account will be the email that receives the link to join the Zoom meeting invitation. Since this is a live, virtual program, it will begin promptly at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 29. 

Please Note: You must register for this event prior to 7 a.m. CT on Thursday, July 23 to receive the email Zoom invitation. 

SAVE MONEY: Use the prepaid CLE credits that come with your TBA Complete Membership.

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This course is no longer available for purchase.

Course Information July 23, 2020
  • Schedule: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 29, 2020
  • Schedule: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar, TN
  • Discount for Business Law Section
  • Ethics Credit
Course Credits Dual Credits: 1.00
General Credits: 5.00
Total Credits: 6

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please contact TBA for Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama credit.

Course Agenda

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