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
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 (2010-2015)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of litigation & controversy - tax (2012-2016) and tax law(2009-2016)

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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Dance, Dance Fever: Missouri Supreme Court Holds Dance Lessons Are Fun...and Taxable
Nicholas J. Kump,W. Scott Wright, January 27, 2016
The Missouri Supreme Court held that a dance school was subject to sales tax on its charges for dance lessons as fees paid to a place of amusement, entertainment or recreation. The court reasoned that even though the school had a primary purpose of teaching students how to dance, amusement or...

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W. Scott Wright

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


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