Eric Tresh represents national and international companies in their state and local tax matters, including planning and policy, controversies and litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented many of the country’s largest companies in state and local tax controversies in administrative and judicial forums throughout the United States and resolved hundreds of non-public record cases.
Eric has been recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, the Legal 500 US and has written extensively in the area of state and local taxation. His articles have appeared in several publications, including State Tax Notes, the Journal of State Taxation Practical U.S./Domestic Tax Strategies, and the Interstate Tax Report.
A frequent lecturer on state and local taxes, Eric speaks before such organizations as the Council on State Taxation, the Tax Executives Institute, the Broadband Tax Institute, the State Tax Roundtable for Utilities and Power (STARTUP), the Wireless Tax Group, TeleStrategies, New York University's Institute on State and Local Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center's Advanced State and Local Tax Institute. He has also taught several classes on state and local taxation serving as an adjunct professor of law at Georgia State University and lecturing at the Tax Executive Institute and Counsel on State Taxation’s annual schools on state taxation.
Sutherland represents major utility in multimillion dollar state income tax refunds.
Sutherland SALT represented one of the largest U.S. utilities in obtaining tens of millions of dollars in state income tax refunds.
Sutherland secures $40 million in sales tax refunds for wireless carrier.
Sutherland represented one of the nation’s largest cable and internet providers in resolving an income tax dispute involving hundreds of millions of tax dollars related to economic substance issues.
Sutherland represents the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association in a constitutional challenge to Florida equalization of cable and satellite taxes.
Sutherland successfully represented the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association in defending Florida statues against a constitutional challenge to the state's cable and satellite tax statutes. After a lengthy discovery process, FCTA was granted summary judgment that the statutes equalizing taxes and fees on cable and satellite companies were valid under both the Commerce Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized byChambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of tax (2009, 2010, 2013)
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax controversy (2011)
General Counsel, Georgia Cable Association
Adjunct Professor, state and local taxation, Georgia State University School of Law and Georgia State University School of Business (2005-2007)
Member, Georgia Governor’s Mentor-Protégé Program (assisting Georgia businesses in strategic development)
Member, Advisory Board for Tax Law and Policy, Stafford Publications Inc.