Bradley J. Sklar

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  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Biography

Brad is a current executive board member and shareholder of the firm. He is past co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Tax Department of the Tax Practice Group . Brad focuses on complex tax, entity, and business planning transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; sales of businesses; sale and purchase structuring and funding of large real estate transactions; raising capital; and navigation of state and local tax incentives. He counsels clients in tax and business planning and entity structuring for development and business structuring. He also coordinates the planning of transactions to maximize tax benefits, reduce risk, and comply with tax law at local, state, and federal levels, including incentive and economic development opportunities.

Why did you become an attorney?

At a very early age, I knew that I wanted to be a tax lawyer. Yes, that sounds a little strange, but I knew I wanted to work on tax planning for clients. Some people want to grow up to be an astronaut or a fireman; I knew that I wanted to be a tax lawyer. I went to the University of Texas in Austin and pursued an undergraduate degree in accounting. After passing on a career with one of the largest accounting firms in Houston, I decided to attend law school at Alabama, where I also focused on tax and business law classes and then enjoyed completing my formal legal training by pursuing a masters in law in tax at New York University.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is getting to work with business-oriented clients as they build, buy, sell, or create innovative and unique business projects and opportunities. Over 30 years of practice, I have worked on many fascinating and interesting projects. To list just a few: I helped sell the Orlando Magic NBA franchise, right before Shaquille O’Neal joined; worked on the sale of the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team right before Michael Jordan arrived; and worked on numerous office building, multi-family, and public and private partnership projects. I have also worked on tax incentive projects that have allowed many new projects to be built in a number of communities around the city, state, and region, including the Regions Field project that brought the Barons to the Parkside district.

Who has inspired you in your career?

Two of my mentors were Mr. Karl Friedman and Mr. Jimmy Permutt, both founders of Sirote & Permutt. My office was next to Mr. Friedman's when I started to practice 30 years ago, and he brought my first project to me. I was fortunate to continue to benefit from his legal wisdom and, even more important, his wise counsel regarding how to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients. Mr. Permutt taught me the value of giving back to the community. He served for 28 years on the Mountain Brook Board of Education. I am privileged to now be serving in my eighth year for the same organization, having recently completed a two-year term as president.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

I am most proud of the clients we serve, the team of fine lawyers and support staff around us, and the innovative solutions that we try to bring to our clients. One of those innovations was helping bring limited liability companies to Alabama in 1993. I was privileged to serve on the Alabama Law Institute's Drafting Committee for a number of years and served as the principal draftsperson for Alabama’s first Limited Liability Company Act.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

I try to listen closely to their issues so that I can provide legal advice to fit their needs. Our team keeps up with national and legal trends and developments so that we can be of most assistance in advising our clients on current matters of interest. Finally, I try very hard to always be available to serve in the role of “trusted advisor” that most clients need in addition to the legal advice role that we play.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have a wonderful wife, Stephanie, of 21 years, a 16 year old daughter, Lauren, and a dog, Bennett, and they still seem to enjoy/tolerate spending time with me. We enjoy movies, cooking at home, and watching “Shark Tank” together.

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•Chambers USA
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Mid-South Super Lawyers

Recognition

•Chambers USA
•Corporate/Commercial (2012-2018)
The Best Lawyers in America

•Business Organizations (including LLCs and partnerships) (2015-2019)
•Corporate Law (2014-2019)
•Real Estate Law (2016-2019)
•Tax Law (2003-2019)
Best Lawyers

•Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Lawyer of the Year for Birmingham (2016)
•Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham (2017)
•Tax Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham (2018)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

•Martindale-Hubbell Birmingham’s Legal Leaders (2013)
•Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010-2014)
•America's Most Honored Professionals, Top 5% (2011-2014)
•America's Most Honored Professionals, Top 1% (2015-2016)
•Best of the Bar for Corporate and Securities Law (2005)
•Best of US, Real Estate and Tax Law (2006)
Birmingham Business Journal, Best and Brightest in Birmingham’s Legal Field (2008)
Birmingham Business Journal, Leading Lawyer of Alabama (2012)
Birmingham Magazine

• Top Attorney (2012)
• Top Attorney (2014)
• Top Attorney in Tax Law (2009-2013)
Business Alabama, Top Attorney in Alabama (2012)
Corporate Counsel Magazine, Best Lawyers in America in Tax Law (2003)
•Who's Who Registry of National Business Leaders
•VIP Member
•Woodward/White Inc., Best Attorneys in Alabama (2013)

Thought Leadership

•Focuses on tax, corporate, and business planning transactions including mergers, acquisitions, sales of businesses, raising capital, and navigating state tax issues

•Structures transactions to maximize tax benefits, reduce risk, and comply with tax law at local, state, and national levels

•Served as the co-reporter and draftsperson of Alabama's Limited Liability Company Act

•Serves on the Alabama Law Institute Drafting Committee for Alabama Business Entity Statutes

Outside the Office

•Mountain Brook Board of Education
•Board Member
•Current Vice President
•Board Member
•Leadership Alabama (2009-2010)
•Leadership Birmingham (2000-2001)
•Chamber Leadership Development
•Member (1991-1992)
•Project Corporate Leadership
•Member
•The University of Alabama Law School Foundation
•Board of Directors (2016-2019)
•American Cancer Society
•Board Member
•Corporate Chair, Hope Gala (2009)
•Birmingham Bar Foundation
•Class of Fellows (2016)
•Birmingham Business Alliance
•Chair, Finance and Taxation Committee
•Trustee
•Monday Morning Quarterback Club
•Member
•Birmingham School of Law
•Adjunct Professor, Taxation (1990-1997)
•Birmingham Jewish Federation
•Former Board Member
•Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award (2002)
•Graffman Endowment Fund
•Former Board Member
•Temple Emanu-El
•Former Member, Board of Directors
•Building Committee
•Executive Committee
•Co-chair, Financial Resources Development Committee (FRDC)

Speeches and Publications

•Editor, Commercial Real Estate Today , Sirote's Commercial Real Estate Blog

•Editor, The Defender , Sirote's Tax Controversy Blog

•Speaker, Capitalizing on Tax Reform, CCIM Institute's Webinar, April 5, 2018

•Speaker, Tax Reform, Vistage, January 18, 2018

•Speaker, Use of State Law LLC’s as S Corporations, Alabama Society of CPAs, September 2013

•Author, “Sirote Tax Alert: Employee Stock Ownership Plans Getting New Looks - Help Owners Achieve Liquidity,” June 21, 2013

•Host and Coordinator, Sirote Lunch Seminar Series, Alabama Society of CPAs, 2012

•Speaker, Tax Developments Affecting S Corporations, Alabama Society of CPAs, 2012

•Speaker, Tax Incentives and Legal Issues Impacting Real Estate, Alabama CCIM Chapter, 2012

•Speaker, Tax Issues of Debt Forgiveness and Workouts, Alabama Society of CPAs, 2012

•Author, The Alabama Limited Liability Act: A New Entity Choice, Journal of Commercial Lending

•Author, The Alabama Limited Liability Act: A New Entity Choice, The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 54, No. 4

•Author, The Alabama Limited Liability Company Act, Alabama Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 1

•Author, Limited Liability Companies, The Alabama CPA Newsletter, Vol. III, No. 12

•Author, The Limited Liability Company: A New Type of Borrowing Entity, Journal of Commercial Lending, Vol. 76, No. 7

•Author, Limited Liability Company Update. 'Happy P’ Birthday, The Alabama Lawyer, Fall Edition

News

•Ten Sirote Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
•Sirote Attorneys Ronald Levitt and Brad Sklar featured on CCIM Institute's Webinar
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Attorney Brad Sklar Named President of the City of Mountain Brook Board of Education
•Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2015 Chambers USA
•Seven Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Named to Birmingham Magazine’s 2015 Top Attorneys
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Presents ASCPA Webinar Series
•Birmingham Magazine Selects Sirote Lawyers as 2014 Top Attorneys
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys to Speak at 95th Alabama Society of CPAs Annual Meeting
•Sirote Attorneys Make 2014 Chambers USA Leading Lawyer List
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Gratton and Sklar Selected as Attorneys of Note by B-Metro Magazine
•Sirote's Sklar and Sigman Serve as Counsel on Three of 2013's Top 15 Commercial Real Estate Deals
•Brad Sklar Pens Column on Alabama's Historic Tax Credit
•Sirote Attorneys Ronald Levitt and Brad Sklar to Speak about LLC's at ASCPA Webinar
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Present ASCPA Hot Topics in Tax Webinar Series
•Sirote's Brad Sklar Named Co-Chair of American Institute on Federal Taxation
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Seven Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2013 Chambers USA List of the Best
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Named 2013 Top Attorneys
•Sirote's Brad Sklar, Tom Ansley and Steven Brickman Serve as Counsel for Top Real Estate Deals in 2012
•Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Sirote's Brad Sklar Featured in Village Living
•Chambers USA Selects Five Sirote Attorneys for its 2012 List
•Seminar for CPA, Banking, and Commercial Real Estate industries!
•Corporate, Tax and Estate Planning Attorneys Speak at ASCPA Annual Meeting
•Brad Sklar Appointed to The Mountain Brook Board of Education
•Brad Sklar Named Fellow for Alabama Law Foundation
•Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys
•Sirote's Sklar & Ansley Coordinate Efforts to Bring Barons to Birmingham
•Brad Sklar Appointed to Chair Birmingham Business Alliance Committee
•Brad Sklar Featured in The Birmingham News
•Brad Sklar Appointed To The Mountain Brook Board Of Education
•Brad Sklar Named Chairman Of Business Alliance Committee
•Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011
•Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys
•31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers
•Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys
•Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009

for Alabama Law Foundation - 2/10/2012

Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012

Sirote's Sklar & Ansley Coordinate Efforts to Bring Barons to Birmingham - 12/19/2011

Brad Sklar Appointed to Chair Birmingham Business Alliance Committee - 3/28/2011

Brad Sklar Featured in The Birmingham News - 11/9/2010

Brad Sklar Appointed To The Mountain Brook Board Of Education - 10/26/2010

Brad Sklar Named Chairman Of Business Alliance Committee - 9/21/2010

Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/2/2010

31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009

Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008 Member:

Organizations

•Alabama Law Foundation, fellow
•Birmingham Bar Business Law Section, Executive Board Member
•REV Birmingham, Commercial District Revitalization Incentives Task Force
•The Group, Inc.
•American Institute on Federal Taxation, Co-Chair and Trustee, 2013
•Federal Tax Clinic, Past President, Board Member and Chair, 2009
•Alabama State Bar Association
•Tax Section, Past Chair, 1997-98
•Birmingham School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Taxation, 1990-97
•Birmingham Tax Forum, President 1999-00 Fellow: for Alabama Law Foundation - 2/10/2012

Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012

Sirote's Sklar & Ansley Coordinate Efforts to Bring Barons to Birmingham - 12/19/2011

Brad Sklar Appointed to Chair Birmingham Business Alliance Committee - 3/28/2011

Brad Sklar Featured in The Birmingham News - 11/9/2010

Brad Sklar Appointed To The Mountain Brook Board Of Education - 10/26/2010

Brad Sklar Named Chairman Of Business Alliance Committee - 9/21/2010

Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/2/2010

31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009

Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008 Member:

Organizations

•Alabama Law Foundation, fellow
•Birmingham Bar Business Law Section, Executive Board Member
•REV Birmingham, Commercial District Revitalization Incentives Task Force
•The Group, Inc.
•American Institute on Federal Taxation, Co-Chair and Trustee, 2013
•Federal Tax Clinic, Past President, Board Member and Chair, 2009
•Alabama State Bar Association
•Tax Section, Past Chair, 1997-98
•Birmingham School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Taxation, 1990-97
•Birmingham Tax Forum, President 1999-00 Fellow: for Alabama Law Foundation - 2/10/2012

Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012

Sirote's Sklar & Ansley Coordinate Efforts to Bring Barons to Birmingham - 12/19/2011

Brad Sklar Appointed to Chair Birmingham Business Alliance Committee - 3/28/2011

Brad Sklar Featured in The Birmingham News - 11/9/2010

Brad Sklar Appointed To The Mountain Brook Board Of Education - 10/26/2010

Brad Sklar Named Chairman Of Business Alliance Committee - 9/21/2010

Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/2/2010

31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009

Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008 Member:

Organizations

•Alabama Law Foundation, fellow
•Birmingham Bar Business Law Section, Executive Board Member
•REV Birmingham, Commercial District Revitalization Incentives Task Force
•The Group, Inc.
•American Institute on Federal Taxation, Co-Chair and Trustee, 2013
•Federal Tax Clinic, Past President, Board Member and Chair, 2009
•Alabama State Bar Association
•Tax Section, Past Chair, 1997-98
•Birmingham School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Taxation, 1990-97
•Birmingham Tax Forum, President 1999-00 Fellow: for Alabama Law Foundation - 2/10/2012

Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012

Sirote's Sklar & Ansley Coordinate Efforts to Bring Barons to Birmingham - 12/19/2011

Brad Sklar Appointed to Chair Birmingham Business Alliance Committee - 3/28/2011

Brad Sklar Featured in The Birmingham News - 11/9/2010

Brad Sklar Appointed To The Mountain Brook Board Of Education - 10/26/2010

Brad Sklar Named Chairman Of Business Alliance Committee - 9/21/2010

Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/2/2010

31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009

Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008 Member:

Organizations

•Alabama Law Foundation, fellow
•Birmingham Bar Business Law Section, Executive Board Member
•REV Birmingham, Commercial District Revitalization Incentives Task Force
•The Group, Inc.
•American Institute on Federal Taxation, Co-Chair and Trustee, 2013
•Federal Tax Clinic, Past President, Board Member and Chair, 2009
•Alabama State Bar Association
•Tax Section, Past Chair, 1997-98
•Birmingham School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Taxation, 1990-97
•Birmingham Tax Forum, President 1999-00 Fellow: for Alabama Law Foundation - 2/10/2012

Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012

Sirote's Sklar & Ansley Coordinate Efforts to Bring Barons to Birmingham - 12/19/2011

Brad Sklar Appointed to Chair Birmingham Business Alliance Committee - 3/28/2011

Brad Sklar Featured in The Birmingham News - 11/9/2010

Brad Sklar Appointed To The Mountain Brook Board Of Education - 10/26/2010

Brad Sklar Named Chairman Of Business Alliance Committee - 9/21/2010

Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/2/2010

31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009

Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008 Member:

Organizations

•Alabama Law Foundation, fellow
•Birmingham Bar Business Law Section, Executive Board Member
•REV Birmingham, Commercial District Revitalization Incentives Task Force
•The Group, Inc.
•American Institute on Federal Taxation, Co-Chair and Trustee, 2013
•Federal Tax Clinic, Past President, Board Member and Chair, 2009
•Alabama State Bar Association
•Tax Section, Past Chair, 1997-98
•Birmingham School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Taxation, 1990-97
•Birmingham Tax Forum, President 1999-00

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions
  • General Counsel Services
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • High Net Worth Families
  • Industrials & Natural Resources
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Municipal Finance & Public Sector
  • Nonprofit & Education
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development
  • Startup & Emerging Companies
  • Tax
  • Tax Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5152  Phone
205.212.3852  Fax
www.sirote.com
University Attended:
University of Texas, B.B.A., Accounting, 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., 1987; New York University, LL.M., Tax, 1988
Year of First Admission:
1987
Admission:
1987, Alabama
Memberships:

Organizations

•Alabama Law Foundation
•Fellow
•Alabama State Bar
•Former Chair, Tax Section (1997-1998)
•American Institute on Federal Taxation (2013)
•Co-chair
•Trustee
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Executive Board Member, Business Law Section
•Birmingham Tax Forum
•President (1999-2000)
•Federal Tax Clinic
•Former President (2009)
•Former Board Member
•Former Chair
•The Group, Inc.
•REV Birmingham
•Commercial District Revitalization Incentives Task Force
•Community Board Member
•Sirote & Permutt, PC
•Former Co-chair, Corporate and Tax Practice Group
•Board Member, Executive Committee

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, November 28, 1961
ISLN:
903665306

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