- Tax Controversy & Litigation
|Contact Info||Telephone: 916.241.0500|
|University ||Occidental College, A.B.|
|Law School||Harvard Law School, J.D.|
|Born||September 20, 1943|
With more than 40 years of experience in state and local tax, Prentiss Willson is widely recognized as the dean of California taxation, having participated in approximately a dozen state and local tax cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and represented hundreds of taxpayers in disputes in California and across the country.
Prentiss began his career at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where at various times he was managing partner of the San Francisco office, chair of the firm's tax department and chair of the firm's state and local tax group. In 1998, he moved to Ernst & Young LLP as partner and national director of state and local tax practice and procedure. After retiring from Ernst & Young in 2002, Prentiss started his own law practice advising clients across the country, and he began working with Sutherland in 2012.
A frequent speaker and author on state and local taxation, Prentiss taught tax courses at Stanford Law School, University of San Francisco Law School and Golden Gate University Graduate School of Taxation.
Awards and Rankings
Recipient, The California State Bar Joanne Garvey Award for Lifetime Service to the Bar (2010)
Recipient, BNA's Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Tax Law (2009)
Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 40 top tax lawyers in America (1981)
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