March 01, 2021

Nolan Fellowship

2021-2022 Nominations

Thank you for your nominations for the 2021-2022 John S. Nolan Fellowship! Applications are now closed. We are currently reviewing the applications. Check back here for updates!

John S. Nolan Fellowship Program Guidelines

I. Considerations

  1. The nominee must be a current member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation (“Tax Section”), and shall, at the time of nomination, have made some significant contribution to a Tax Section Committee or Task Force, or to the Tax Section in general.
  2. It is generally recommended that the nominee shall be a member of the bar of any state or the District of Columbia for ten (10) years or less and be under forty (40) years of age. One or both of the years of bar membership limitation or the age limitation may be waived by the Tax Section Chair-Elect (after consultation with the Chair) in appropriate circumstances. If a waiver is desired for a particular candidate, please contact the Chair-Elect in advance of submitting the related nomination.
  3. The nominee should intend to be a continuing, contributing and active member of the Tax Section.

II. Nomination Process

  1. Nominations may be submitted by Officers, Council Directors, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Tax Section, on a nomination form to be provided by the Tax Section, and must include adequate supporting information.
  2. Nominations should be made by a person who is not affiliated with the same professional organization with which the nominee is affiliated. Unusual circumstances may justify a nomination coming from within a person’s own professional organization. This restriction may be waived by the Tax Section Chair-Elect (after consultation with the Chair) in appropriate circumstances. If a waiver is desired for a particular candidate, please contact the Chair-Elect in advance of submitting the related nomination.
  3. Announcement of up to six (6) Nolan Fellows each year will be made at a regularly scheduled plenary session of the Tax Section.

III. Selection of Nolan Fellows

  1. The Chair-Elect shall be charged with responsibility for administration of the John S. Nolan Fellowship Program.
  2. The selection of Nolan Fellows will be made by a committee consisting of the Tax Section Chair, the Chair-Elect, and the Vice Chair -Committee Operations.
  3. Selection shall be completed at least a month before the general Tax Section meeting preceding the meeting where the announcement of new Nolan Fellows is made.

IV. Recognition and Commitments

  1. Nolan Fellows will serve for a term of one year commencing at the beginning of the American Bar Association’s fiscal year (currently September 1).
  2. Nolan Fellows will be recognized during a regularly scheduled plenary session of the Tax Section and in a formal publication of the Tax Section. Nolan Fellows will also be listed in the Tax Section Blue Book.
  3. Each Nolan Fellow will attend at least one, and may attend up to three Tax Section general meetings during the recognition year (current general meetings include the Fall, Midyear and May meetings). Meeting registration fees and ticketed events will be complimentary for such meetings. Travel expenses to such meetings will be reimbursed based on a zone schedule established by the Tax Section.
  4. Each Nolan Fellow will actively participate in and contribute to at least one substantive committee or task force of the Tax Section during the recognition year.
  5. Each Nolan Fellow will participate in activities to attract young professionals, including diverse professionals, to the Tax Section and assist them in integrating into the Tax Section. Some examples include, but are not limited to, attending orientation sessions for young professionals at Tax Section meetings, collaborating with the Young Lawyers Forum in efforts to connect young professionals with Tax Section members, helping Tax Section staff prepare materials and communications for young professionals, and contributing ideas about how the Tax Section can attract more young professionals to the Section and Section meetings.
  6. Each Nolan Fellow should participate in one tax-related pro bono activity and/or Section publication during the recognition year.
  7. Each Nolan Fellow will submit to a report about their experience and activity as a Fellow within 90 days of the May Meeting (or the final meeting attended through the fellowship if not the May Meeting).

2020 - 2021 John S. Nolan Fellows

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 John S. Nolan Fellowships.

Nolan Fellows are tax lawyers who are actively involved in the Section and have demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to the Section’s mission.    

The six 2020-2021 Nolan Fellows are:

  • Carina Federico, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC
  • Morgan Klinzing, Pepper Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA
  • Galina “Allie” Petrova, Petrova Law, Greensboro, NC
  • Nancy Rossner, The Community Tax Law Project, Richmond, VA
  • Monisha Santamaria, Joint Committee on Taxation, Washington, DC
  • Timothy Todd, Liberty University School of Law, Richmond, VA

“We are pleased to announce these emerging leaders of the Tax Section as our Nolan Fellows for 2020-2021,” said Tom Callahan, Chair of the Section of Taxation. “Nolan Fellows are practitioners who have demonstrated superior leadership potential, and we hope they will remain active in the Tax Section for many years to come.”

The one-year fellowship includes waiver of meeting registration fees and assistance with travel to Section meetings.

Past Recipients


          Arielle Borsos
         Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC
          Phillip Colasanto
         Agostino & Associates, Hackensack, NJ
          Sarah Haradon
         Holland & Hart, Denver, CO
          Travis Thompson
         Sideman & Bancroft, San Francisco, CA
          Shamik Trivedi
          Grant Thornton, Washington, DC
           Lany Villalobos
           Dechert, Philadelphia, PA


Giselle Alexander
Dickinson Wright, Phoenix, AZ
James Creech
Law Offices of James Creech, San Francisco, CA
Yongo Ding
Miller & Chevalier, Washinton, DC
Frank DiPietro
Indiana Legal Services, Bloomington, IN
Jeffrey Dirmann
Agostino & Associates, Hackensack, NJ
Anne Gordon
PWC, McLean, VA


Elizabeth K. Blickley
Washington, DC
Matthew Cooper
Ernst & Young LLP, Washington, DC
Nikki J. Hasselbarth
Venable LLP, Baltimore, MD
Vanessa C. LaFleur
Louisiana Department of Revenue, Baton Rouge, LA
Rafi W. Mottahedeh
Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL
Susanna W. Ratner
SeniorLAW Center, Philadelphia, PA


Jeff Chadwick
Winstead, P.C., Woodlands, TX
Clay Collins
PwC, Washington, DC
Vincent Kan
IL Attorney General, Chicago, IL
Lee Meyercord
Thompson & Knight, Dallas, TX
Larry Sannicandro
Agostino & Associated, P.C., Hackensack, NJ
Anna Tavis
Brooklyn Legal Service, Brooklyn, NY


Jairo G. Cano
Agostino & Associates, Hackensack, NJ
Philip Hirschfeld
Ruchelman, New York, NY
Timothy J. Leska
Pepper Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA
Shawn McIntire
Donelson Barry, Broomfield, CO
Diane Mehany
Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC
Laura R. Westfall
King & Spalding, New York, NY


Sean M. Akins
Latham & Watkins, Washington, DC
Puneet Arora
Towers Watson, Arlington, VA
Janine Burman
KPMG, New York, NY
Guinevere Moore
Holland & Knight, Chicago, IL
Anne-Marie Diggle Rábago
Rábago Business & Tax Law, San Diego, CA
Michelle Feit Schwerin
Capes Sokol Goodman & Sarachan, St. Louis, MO


Christina Crockett
Hunton & Williams LLP, McLean, VA
Cynthia Kahl
Internal Revenue Service, San Francisco, CA
Sean J. Norton
Pinetree Legal Assistance, Portland, ME
Matthew R. Sontag
KPMG LLP, Washington, DC
Samuel P. Weiler
Ernst & Young LLP, Columbus, OH
Zhanna A. Ziering
Caplin & Drysdale Chartered, New York, NY


Erica L. Brady
The Ferraro Law Firm, Washington, D.C.
Matthew J. Eickman
Utz, Miller & Eickman LLC, Overland Park, KS
Jon Finkelstein
McDermott, Will & Emery, Washington, D.C.
Cathy Fung
Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.
Ivan H. Golden
Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL
Rachel L. Partain
Caplin & Drysdale Chartered, New York, NY


Chad R. DeGroot
Bryan Cave LLP, St. Louis, MO
Stacey Delich-Gould
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York, NY
Melissa L. Wiley
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, D.C.
Vanessa A. Scott
Southerland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Washington, D.C.
Lisa M. Stern
Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, NY
Mark E. Wilensky
Roberts & Holland LLP, New York, NY


Kelley Cooper-Miller
Reed Smith LLP, Washington, D.C.
Katherine David
Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate, Inc., San Antonio, TX
Eric Green
Convicer & Percy LLP, Glastonbury, CT
Kevin Jacobs
Ropes & Gray LLP, Washington, D.C.
Summer LePree
Holland & Knight LLP, Miami
Carlene Miller
Snell & Wilmer LLP, Phoenix


Niles A. Elber
Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, D.C.
Michelle A. Garcia
Davis & Harman, Washington, D.C.
Todd D. Keator
Thompson & Knight, Dallas, TX
Alexey Manasuev
KPMG, Washington, D.C.
Anne M. Meyer
Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix
Kathryn Morrison Sneade
Miller & Chevalier, Washington, D.C.


Megan Brackney
Kostelanetz & Fink, New York, NY
William Hansen
McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, D.C.
Sarah Johnson
Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.
Robb Longman
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, Greenbelt, MD
Colleen O'Connor
Ernst & Young, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Juan Vasquez, Jr.
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, Houston, TX


Jennifer Alexander
Deloitte Tax LLP, Washington, D.C.
Adam Cohen
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Christopher D'Amico
Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., Orlando, FL
Thomas Greenaway
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, Boston, MA
Pete Lowy
Shell Oil, Houston, Tx
Brandee Tilman
Disney Corporation, Glendale, CA


Christopher Condeluci
Groom Law Group, Washington, D.C.
Jessica Hough
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Washington, DC
Gregory Lynam
Baker & McKenzie LLP, San Diego, CA
Veronica Rouse
Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
Bahar Schippel
Snell & Wilmer LLP, Phoenix, AZ
David B. Strong
Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP Denver, CO


Arlene Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Ernst & Young LLP, Washington D.C .
Peter A. Furchi
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY
Gregory J. Gawlik
Thompson Hine LLP, Cleveland, OH
Brant Hellwig
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Michael M. Lloyd
Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, D.C.
Jeanne Newlon
Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.


Flora Town Hezel
Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Mark C. Jones
Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, New York, NY
Joseph B Schimmel
Cohen Chase Hoffman & Schimmel, Miami, FL
Virginia Stevenson
Arlington, VA
Brian Trauman
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, Washington, D.C.
Lisa Zarlenga
Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, D.C.


Adam M. Cohen
Holland & Hart Denver, CO
Charlene Luke
The Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
Allen D. Madison
Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View, CA
Christopher S. McLoon
Verrill & Dana, LLP, Portland, ME
Bonnie O'Brien Cecil
Deloitte & Touche LLP, Washington, D.C.
Norma M. Sharara
Buchanan Ingersoll PC, Washington, D.C.


David A. Berek
Bradley T. Borden
Jennifer L. Franklin
Armando Gomez
Andrew C. Liazos
Caroline G. Root


Christine Agnew
William S. Dixon
Wayne A. Hamilton
Melinda Merk
Cary D. Pugh
David G. Shapiro


Donna Lady Alpi
Barry Kozak
Todd E. Molz
Shannon Nash
Jeffrey H. Paravano
Anita C. Soucy