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Nolan Fellowship

Introducing the 2024-2025 Nolan Fellows

Named for the late Jack Nolan, a dedicated and respected Tax Section chair, the distinction is awarded to lawyers who are actively involved in the Section and have shown leadership qualities.

2024-2025 Nolan Fellows Jonathan T. Amitrano and Garrett L. Brodeur

2024-2025 Nolan Fellows Jonathan T. Amitrano and Garrett L. Brodeur

  • Jonathan T. Amitrano has extensive background in federal and state tax controversy and is a Certified Specialist in taxation law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Jonathan also has significant experience representing both individuals and businesses before various taxing agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), the Employment Development Department (EDD), and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). He has successfully handled tax audits, collection matters, trust fund cases, successor in interest assessments, offshore disclosure cases, domestic disclosure cases, and civil appeals hearings for all types of taxpayers. He regularly represents clients before the Office of Tax Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Garrett L. Brodeur is an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where his practice focuses on a variety of complex civil tax controversy and litigation issues, including transfer pricing. Before joining Skadden, Mr. Brodeur served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Emin Toro of the United States Tax Court and spent two years at a tax controversy and white-collar defense firm in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. Mr. Brodeur has also clerked for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico (Hon. David T. Thuma) and worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax practice of a big four accounting firm.
2024-2025 Nolan Fellows M. Blair Hlinka and Billy Min

2024-2025 Nolan Fellows M. Blair Hlinka and Billy Min

  • M. Blair Hlinka is an Associate in Caplin & Drysdale’s Tax Disputes & Tax Litigation practice group. Ms. Hlinka assists individuals and corporations in all types of tax controversies and litigation with the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities. She also advises individuals and businesses on a broad range of tax issues with a particular focus on assisting individuals, trusts, partnerships, and corporate entities with responding to and defending against civil IRS audits and examinations and with representing them in court proceedings.
  • Byung Hyuk (Billy) Min is a tax controversy associate at Agostino & Associates, P.C. in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he represents clients, many pro bono, before the IRS and U.S. Tax Court. Since joining the ABA Tax Section in 2022, Billy has been an active member. He currently serves as a Vice Chair and Young Lawyer Liaison for the Tax Collections, Bankruptcy & Workouts Committee, a Young Lawyer Liaison for the Tax Practice & Technology Committee, and a member of the Loretta Collins Argrett Committee. Billy also devotes significant time to assisting pro se and low-income taxpayers through the New York County Lawyers' Association United States Tax Court Calendar Call Program.
2024-2025 Nolan Fellows Daniel Strickland and Patrick Thomas

2024-2025 Nolan Fellows Daniel Strickland and Patrick Thomas

  • Daniel Strickland is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office.  Mr. Strickland focuses his practice in the area of federal tax controversy, representing taxpayers in all types of tax controversy matters. He also focuses his practice in the renewable energy sector, advising clients on energy tax credits and incentives from conception to litigation.
  • Patrick Thomas represents clients in civil tax collection and examination matters, both in administrative proceedings and in litigation before the United States Tax Court, as well as other federal and state courts. He also advises clients on federal, state, and local tax matters, such that his clients might mitigate and avoid costly downstream civil tax disputes.

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 selection committee in appropriate circumstances. If a waiver is desired for a particular candidate, please include the request and an explanation in the nomination letter.
  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.
  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 forCommittee Operations.
  3. Selection shall be completed at least a month before the meeting where the announcement of new Nolan Fellows is made (generally May Meeting).

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 Bluebook.
  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, mentoring members of other Section fellowship programs, 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 Tax Section and Tax Section meetings.
  6. Each Nolan Fellow should participate in one tax-related pro bono activity and/or Tax Section publication during the recognition year.
  7. Each Nolan Fellow will submit to [email protected] a report about their experience and activity as a Fellow within 90 days after the May Meeting (or the final meeting attended through the fellowship if not the May Meeting).

2023 - 2024 John S. Nolan Fellows

Congratulations to our 2023 - 2024 John S. Nolan Fellows!

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 2023-2024 Nolan Fellows are:

  • Bibiana A. Cruz, Holland & Knight LLP, Pinecrest, FL
  • Omeed Firouzi, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Philadelphia, PA
  • Brian Gardner, Asbury Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
  • Samuel Lapin, Miller & Chevalier, Chtd., Washington, DC
  • Joshua Savey, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Washington, DC
  • Caitlin R. Tharp, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC
Bibiana A. Cruz, Omeed Firouzi, Brian Gardner

Bibiana A. Cruz, Omeed Firouzi, Brian Gardner

Samuel Lapin, Joshua Savey, Caitlin R. Tharp

Samuel Lapin, Joshua Savey, Caitlin R. Tharp

Past Recipients

  • 2023

    Bibiana A. Cruz
    Holland & Knight LLP, Pinecrest, FL
    Omeed Firouzi
    Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Philadelphia, PA
    Brian Gardner
    Asbury Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
    Samuel Lapin
    Miller & Chevalier, Chtd., Washington, DC
    Joshua Savey
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Washington, DC
    Caitlin R. Tharp
    Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC
  • 2022
    Eman Cuyler
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC
    Janelle Darnell
    McGuireWoods LLP, Washington, DC
    Brianne DeSellier
    Crowe LLP, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Aaron Esman
    Moore Tax Law Group, LLC, New York, NY
    Jeffrey M. Glassman
    Meadows Collier, Dallas, TX
    Bela Unell
    KPMG LLP, Washington, DC
  • 2021  
    Heather Fincher
    Kostelanetz LLP, Washington, DC
    Brandon King
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Seattle, WA
    Kandyce Korotky
    Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
    Adam Landy
    Special Trial Judge, U.S. Tax Court
    Michael Resnick
    Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
    Amy Spivey
    UC Hastings Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, San Francisco, CA
  • 2020         
    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
  • 2019
    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
  • 2018          
    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
  • 2017          
    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
  • 2016          
    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
  • 2015          
    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
  • 2014
    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
  • 2013          
    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
  • 2012
    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
  • 2011
    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
  • 2010          
    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
  • 2009          
    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.
  • 2008          
    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
  • 2007
    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
  • 2006       
    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
  • 2005       
    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.
  • 2004       
    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.
  • 2003  
    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.
  • 2002
    David A. Berek
    Bradley T. Borden
    Jennifer L. Franklin
    Armando Gomez
    Andrew C. Liazos
    Caroline G. Root
  • 2001   
    Christine Agnew
    William S. Dixon
    Wayne A. Hamilton
    Melinda Merk
    Cary D. Pugh
    David G. Shapiro
  • 2000          
    Donna Lady Alpi
    Barry Kozak
    Todd E. Molz
    Shannon Nash
    Jeffrey H. Paravano
    Anita C. Soucy