Squire Patton Boggs partner Eliot Kaplan has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. The College provides recognition to leading members of the Bar who have made significant contributions to the understanding and improvement of our tax system. Fellowship into the College is extended through invitation and election only.
To be nominated for election, an individual must have been licensed to practice law for at least fifteen years, devoting the principal part of his career to tax and tax-related matters. Candidates for a Fellow must have demonstrated a high standard of excellent and ethical performance in the practice of tax law through the following: (i) active involvement in the work of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association or holding office in tax committee or sections of regional, stat, and local bar associations; (ii) active involvement in planning and/or speaking at tax seminars or programs which are national, regional, or statewide in scope; (iii) significant legal writing and/or teaching in the field of taxation; and (iv) holding responsible national or regional office involving tax administration with the federal government.
Mr. Kaplan’s practice is focused on international, federal, state and local tax issues, real estate transactions, private equity transactions, commercial and contract matters, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Kaplan served as an attorney-adviser in the national office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well as more recently served as a member of the IRS Advisory Council. Mr. Kaplan frequently lectures on tax issues before audiences such as the American Bar Association, New York University Institute, the AICPA, the Texas Annual Tax Institute and the California CPA Society. He was also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law.
Active in numerous professional, charitable, and community associations, Mr. Kaplan holds several leadership positions. He is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves as one of its ambassadors; is a board member of the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serves on the Community Planning Commission and the Campaign Cabinet of the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix; serves on the Tax Law Advisory Commission and is the CLE Committee Chair of the Arizona State Bar Tax Section; and is active in the American Bar Association’s Tax Section, and its Real Estate Committee, Partnership & LLC’s Committee and LLC Subcommittee, and several of its committees, such as the Section CLE Committee and the Marketing Committee.
Mr. Kaplan has been honored by his peers as a member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. He also was named as a Top Lawyer in Ranking Arizona (the Best of Arizona Business) and by The Legal Network (Washington, D.C.) , by The Business Journal: Phoenix as a Leading Lawyer in Arizona, and is included in the Who’s Who of National Business Leaders.