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Two Sutherland Attorneys Named 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers

July 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that state and local tax (SALT) attorneys Carley A. Roberts and Eric J. Coffill were selected as top Northern California attorneys by Super Lawyers. The designations are the result of an annual survey conducted by the publication, which focuses on professional achievement and peer recognition.

Ms. Roberts is a nationally recognized California tax litigator, who has developed a significant practice handling cases involving many of California’s most critical SALT issues, including some of the most important corporate income and sales/use tax cases in litigation and on appeal. She represents a wide range of clients, including technology and financial service providers, energy businesses, retailers, manufacturers, communications providers and media businesses.

In 2007, Ms. Roberts revived the California Tax Policy Conference—the leading conference on developments in the bellwether state for state tax policy. She chaired that event through 2014 and has given selflessly to the California State Bar’s Taxation Section and the California tax community.

Mr. Coffill is widely respected nationwide for his state tax counsel. He has more than 30 years of experience advising clients on multistate tax controversy and litigation matters at the administrative, trial and appellate levels. A former staff counsel to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and public defender for the Office of the California State Public Defender, Mr. Coffill has extensive experience advising on California tax matters, having successfully litigated cases before the Supreme Court of California, the California FTB and the California State Board of Equalization.

Mr. Coffill 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.

Sutherland has been a leading adviser on state and local tax issues for more than 60 years and maintains one of the largest SALT practices in the country. Sutherland SALT serves as national state tax counsel to some of the world’s largest companies, including nearly 30 of the Fortune 100 and numerous other industry-leading businesses, advising clients on state and local tax consulting, planning, compliance, litigation and policy matters. The team works with clients on the full spectrum of issues and tax types, including income, property, sales and use, and telecommunications taxes.

Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 400 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Sutherland (Europe) LLP in London and Geneva. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1UH. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at A list of the members of Sutherland (Europe) LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.


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