July 01, 2020

Partnerships and LLCs Committee

Committee Leadership


Beverly Katz


Ari Berk

Craig Gerson

Sarah Haradon

Timothy Leska

About the Committee

The Partnerships and LLCs Committee focuses on all developments and issues arising under Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code. Primary emphasis of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee is the preparation and presentation of educational programs on timely topics in the areas of partnerships and LLCs at each meeting of the ABA Tax Section. In addition to our Committee's regular three hour continuing education program at each ABA Tax Section meeting, our Committee participates in several other functions at each meeting: an informal dinner get together of members and friends of our Committee and the Real Estate Committee on Thursday evening; a joint luncheon program with the Real Estate and Individual Income Tax Committees on Friday afternoon; and a joint "shop-talking" breakfast with the Real Estate Committee on Saturday morning.

A second and very important emphasis of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee is evaluating and preparing comments on proposed legislation and regulations affecting Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code. The Committee has 14 active subcommittees that monitor changes in their respective areas and assist the Committee in the preparation of comments to the IRS and Treasury on proposed legislation and regulations. In addition, in conjunction with each year's May Meeting, the current and past leadership of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee and the Real Estate Committee schedule courtesy meetings with representatives of the IRS, Treasury, and the professional staffs of the Joint Committee on Taxation, House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee to discuss topics of current interest.

Attention Young Lawyers! The Partnerships & LLCs Committee is actively seeking young attorneys interested in developing careers in this practice area. If you're interested in networking with peers sharing an interest in partnership taxation, please join members of the Partnerships & LLCs and Real Estate Committees for our joint dinner held on Thursday evening at each ABA Tax Section Meeting. Information on the next meeting can be found on the Upcoming Meetings site.

Join us on Tax Connect! Details below.

Join us on Tax Connect! Details below.

PLLCs on Tax Connect

Tax Connect is an online and email platform for networking, exchanging ideas, getting advice, and interacting with fellow lawyers and legal professionals with whom you share similar areas of interest. Tax Connect communities are grouped around common practice areas like Pro Bono & Tax Clinics and International Taxation. The communities are open to any Section member and are a great way to collaborate on projects and upcoming meetings! 

Check out the Partnerships & LLCs Community on Tax Connect and get involved today!

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Joining Section of Taxation Committees

The Tax Section has over thirty member-led committees and Section Members can join as many as they would like. Each committee deals with a common practice area, such as Individual & Family Taxation, Exempt Organizations, Employee Benefits, etc.. A full list is available on our Committees & Task Forces landing page. If you are interested in getting involved, learn more about Section Membership here.

Our committees provide a great opportunity to network and to get involved. Committee members create robust and current CLE sessions for our conferences, participate in government comment projects, create committee newsletters or publications, and more. Feel free to Contact staff with any questions!

The Larry Katz Distinguished Service Award

In 1999, the Partnerships and LLCs Committee approved the establishment of an award to be conferred annually upon a Committee member who has demonstrated extraordinary and distinguished service and dedication to the Committee. The Award was established to honor the memory of Larry Katz whose untimely death due to illness was a tragic loss, not only to his family, his friends, and his law firm, but also to this Committee for whom he labored tirelessly and with distinction for more than 25 years, including as a Chair of the Committee.

Those who had the privilege of knowing Larry remember him as a man of humility, grace and integrity who possessed that rare combination of being highly accomplished while being warm and engaging at the same time. He had a bright mind, a constant smile and a kind heart which caused him to be, for so many people, the one person you knew you could always count on. In the years since this Award was established, its recipients have been among the most well respected practitioners in the profession. Find more information about Larry Katz and the Larry Katz Distinguished Service Award here.

  • 2017   Jim Sowell
  • 2016   Brent Clifton
  • 2015   Jim Wregglesworth
  • 2014   Paul Carman
  • 2013   Bill Caudill
  • 2012   Steve Frost
  • 2011   Eric Sloan
  • 2010   Blake Rubin
  • 2009   Barbara Spudis de Marigny
  • 2008   Stanley Blend
  • 2007   Dick Lipton
  • 2006   Shelly Banoff
  • 2005   Chuck Levun
  • 2004   Terry Cuff
  • 2003   Charlie Egerton
  • 2002   Paul Kugler
  • 2001   Bob Casey
  • 2000   Larry Katz*