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Faculty | MS in Taxation


Eric Zinn

Eric Zinn currently runs a private tax law practice and is a part-time member of the CU Denver Accounting faculty, teaching four graduate tax classes: Tax Research (ACCT 6450), Advanced Individual Taxation (ACCT 6410), Partnership Taxation (ACCT 6480), and Advanced Partnership Taxation (ACCT 6482). Eric will be joining the CU Denver Accounting faculty full-time beginning August 2014. In his private practice, Eric originates, identifies, and implements business and tax planning structures to promote clients’ business needs with a focus on the use of partnership and corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions of corporate and non-corporate entities, and asset acquisitions and divestitures.

Eric began his tax law career in 1987 and has worked with judges at the United States Tax Court and with prominent law firms in Washington, D.C. and Denver, including King & Spalding, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and, most recently, Krendl Krendl Sachnoff & Way. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth and Federal Circuits, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States District Court for Colorado.

Eric is a member of the Colorado, Florida, and District of Columbia Bar Associations and of the American Bar Association. He is a former Vice Chair of the Executive Council of the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections and a former President of the Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Eric is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Law of the University of Colorado, Boulder, a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs on various tax and corporate law topics, an author and co-author of numerous articles focusing on federal and state tax topics, and the sole author of Colorado Limited Liability Company—Forms and Practice Manual.

Eric holds three master’s degrees from the CU Denver Business School, including an MBA, MS in Information Systems, and MS in Finance. He also holds Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida. His BA in Economics is from the University of the South.

Neil Goff

Neil M. Goff is a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he is also Co-Chairman of the firm’s Tax Department. Neil’s practice emphasizes taxation law, (including tax litigation), corporate finance and securities, partnership law, contracts, business formation, estate planning, real estate and mergers and acquisitions.

Neil has extensive experience with the Internal Revenue Service at the Appellate and District Counsel levels, and has represented clients before the United States Tax Court. In addition, Neil has testified in court on behalf of clients as an expert witness, and represented clients as an expert witness in situations that have not resulted in court litigation.

Before joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in 2005, Neil held positions as senior-level management at several notable law firms. Prior to entering the law field, Neil gained tax experience as a CPA at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (one of the firms that merged to create KPMG) and Coopers & Lybrand (half of the merger that formed PricewaterhouseCoopers). Neil is a Licensed CPA in Alaska and Colorado, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Colorado State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In addition to his professional affiliations in accounting, Neil has been admitted to the Bar in the State of Alaska and the State of Colorado. He is admitted to practice before the: United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Claims, 9th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, United States District Court for Colorado, and the Colorado State Supreme Court and all inferior state courts, among others.

Neil is also a member of the American Bar Association, Alaska Bar Association, Anchorage Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association. Neil has previously taught at the University of Denver and Gonzaga University. He holds the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Denver, and Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) and BBA in Accounting (with Honors) from Gonzaga University. He is the author of over 20 publications in practice treatises, law reviews, and tax law journals.

Steven Weiser

Steven M. Weiser is Special Counsel at Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP where his practice areas include taxation, estate planning, business formations, structuring and planning, and tax-exempt organizations. Steven earned experience as a Certified Public Accountant while working for Arthur Andersen, LLP. He has over 20 years of experience as a tax attorney and CPA.

Steven is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts of Colorado and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the Colorado and the Denver Bar Associations. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado.

Steven’s publications include Denver University Law Review and The Colorado Lawyer, among others. He has also written a chapter on U.S. law in E-Commerce and the Law of Digital Signatures, and a chapter on Taxation in Lawyer’s Professional Liability in Colorado (2d ed.). He is a frequent lecturer on tax-related subjects for continuing legal education classes, and has taught International Taxation at the CU Denver Business School since 2003.

Steven received holds the Master of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Denver where he was a member of the editorial board of the Denver University Law Review. His BBA in Accounting is from Memphis State University.

David Click

David L. Click is Tax Director for the Denver office of RSM McGladrey, Inc. His emphasis is on tax dispute resolution, tax planning, and the research and experimentation tax credit. Before joining RSM McGladrey, David held Director positions at both KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He previously worked for seven years as a Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel in Washington D.C., where he was responsible for tax litigation in the United States Tax Court and large case coordination.

David has published extensively on tax technical topics, tax litigation, tax practice, and procedural matters. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States Tax Court Bar Associations, as well as the Boston Tax Forum.

David earned his L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University Law School, and his Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at The American University. He holds a BA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has previously taught taxation courses at Northeastern University and Bentley College, and received the “Instructor Excellence Award” at KPMG for his tax training.

Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight is the Tax Practice Leader of the Denver office of CBIZ MHM; one of the top ten accounting and tax firms in the country. Prior to joining CBIZ MHM in late 2013, Sarah was the founder and Managing Partner of Knight Field Fabry LLP since its inception in 2007.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience providing tax consulting, compliance and litigation support services to closely held businesses, individuals and non‐profits. Her experience includes comprehensive tax planning and compliance, business formation and liquidation, real estate, conservation easements, entity selection and conversion, mergers and acquisitions, debt structuring, buy‐sell arrangements, divorce strategies, litigation support, mediation and transactional analysis for a diverse clientele.

Sarah is currently President Elect of the Metro Denver Executive Club, and serves as a Tax Council Member for the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry.

In addition to her CPA license, Sarah holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses; an Accident, Health & Life Insurance license; and the Personal Financial Planner (PFP) certification from the American Institute of CPAs. She is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), and the National Association of Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), where she received her Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) designation. She holds a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Denver Law School. Her BSBA degree in Accounting is from the University of Colorado.

Leia Ursery

Leia G. Ursery is a partner at Olsen Traeger & Ursery, LLP, where she has worked for 10 years, specializing in estate planning, estate and trust litigation/administration and probate protective proceedings, including guardianships and conservatorships. In 2011, she helped establish the Probate Practicum at the University of Denver College of Law, which she continues to teach.

Leia is a member of the Statutory Revisions and Orange Book Committees of the Colorado Bar Association-Trust and Estate Section. She is admitted to practice before the State of Colorado, the United States District Court of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals–Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Foundation, Colorado Bar Association, and Denver Bar Association.

Leia holds Master of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Denver. Her BBA in International Business/Marketing is from the University of Hawaii.

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