W. Scott Wright: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

W. Scott Wright

Scott Wright

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • State and Local Tax
  • Energy, Environmental & Commodities
  • Agribusiness
  • Timber & Forest Products
  • Natural Resources
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8374
Fax: 404-853-8806
University Emory University, B.A.
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review, Order of the Coif
Admitted1993, Georgia

Professional Activities
Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Tax Section, Georgia Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Tax Section, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Past Member, Business Advisory Board, Georgia Department of Revenue

BornGreenwood, South Carolina, May 22, 1968

Working in Georgia and throughout the country, Scott Wright helps his clients minimize tax liability and protect their interests in regards to state and local tax issues. He has an extensive knowledge of sales and use taxes, income taxes and property taxes; he also handles cases involving utility taxes, employment taxes, transfer taxes and gross receipts taxes.

Scott monitors state rulings, legislation and court decisions that impact taxpayers and guides his clients in a broad range of substantive issues, from business restructuring and transactional tax planning to constitutional questions such as nexus, discrimination against interstate commerce and unitary combination. He represents clients from numerous industries, including manufacturing, health care, energy, banking and finance, insurance, transportation, timber and retail.

Selected Experience
Sutherland challenges Georgia income tax assessment for bank holding company.
Sutherland obtains Georgia hi-tech tax exemption for client and $2 million refund.
Sutherland wins a tax refund for an airport food-service company in constitutional challenge.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of tax (2010-2014)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of litigation & controversy - tax (2012-2015) and tax law (2009-2015)

Recipient, ABC Pro Bono Award for service to the nonprofit community, State Bar of Georgia (2001)

Honorable H. Theodore Milburn, U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit.


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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Raises Questions Regarding Sourcing Regulations and Sales Tax Rules
Jeffrey A. Friedman,Kendall L. Houghton,Diann L. Smith,Eric S. Tresh,W. Scott Wright, March 23, 2009
In Exelon Corp. v. Dep't of Rev., Docket No. 105582, 2009 Ill. LEXIS 188 (Ill. Feb. 20, 2009), a divided Illinois Supreme Court held that electricity is tangible personal property for purposes of Sec. 201 of the Illinois Income Tax Act.

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W. Scott Wright

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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