Eric J. Coffill

A widely respected thought leader on state and local tax issues, Eric Coffill brings more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on multistate tax controversy and litigation matters at the administrative, trial and appellate levels, particularly before the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and State Board of Equalization (SBE). Eric advises manufacturers, government contractors, technology service providers and other industry-leading companies on all aspects of state and local taxes, including transactional, income, nexus and apportionment issues.

A former staff counsel to the California FTB and public defender for the Office of the California State Public Defender, Eric has extensive experience advising on California tax matters, having successfully litigated cases before the Supreme Court of California, the California FTB and the California SBE. Eric litigated the landmark case defining corporate business income. [Hoechst Celanese Corporation v. Franchise Tax Board (2001) 25 Cal.4th 508]

Eric is the author of more than 75 articles on a variety of state tax issues. His wealth of knowledge and experience in state tax disputes allows him to effectively advocate for his clients and has made him a sought-after speaker for numerous organizations, such as Tax Executives Institute (TEI). Eric currently teaches income and franchise taxation at the University of California, a position he has held since 1991. He also served as a state and local tax adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law for nearly 10 years.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Eric was managing partner of the Sacramento office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Job Types Counsel
Areas of Practice 1) Tax, 2) State + Local Tax and 3) Retail
Law School McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (J.D., 1978)
Education Occidental College (A.B., 1974), California State University, Dominguez Hills (M.A., 2008), McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (LL.M., 1986)
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
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