Speaking Engagement

29th Annual Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum

Vanderbilt University Law School

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave
Nashville, TN

Blank Rome partners Craig B. Fields and Nicole L. Johnson will serve as panelists at the Vanderbilt University Law School’s 29th Annual Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, being held October 19 to 21, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Craig will speak on the “Emerging Practices as the World Reopens” panel, which takes place on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, October 19, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.


As today’s ever-changing and complex SALT landscape evolves, audits and assessments have remained constant. This panel will address emerging practices in audits and in the procedure for challenging assessments in administrative forums and courts, as those practices have developed as we return to a “new normal.” The panel will also address alternatives to the traditional protest and appeal options to be considered by taxpayers.

Nicole’s session, “Allocation: Double Taxation and Other Issues,” is scheduled for the following day, Thursday, October 20, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Although apportionment often gets the headlines, allocation of large gains from the sale of a business, whether accomplished as the sale of assets or the sale of a business entity, and sourcing goodwill can result in just as many issues and can even result in double taxation of the allocated income. This panel will address these tricky allocation issues with a particular focus on the problems that arise with sourcing investment income.


The conference provides industry, practitioners, and state revenue employees the opportunity to participate in a quality forum exploring significant national developments and trends in state and local taxation. The Forum features speakers with the knowledge, expertise, and communication skills to impart current developments as well as the practical solutions and planning opportunities in structuring and reporting state and local tax transactions.

CLE credit is available.

Blank Rome is pleased to be a Gold Level sponsor of the Forum.

For more information, please visit the event website.