Congratulations to William D. Townsend, SALT attorney in Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office. Bloomberg Tax named Townsend as the 2017 recipient of the Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Taxation. The award was presented at the BNA Annual Board dinner, held in New York in conjunction with the NYU State and Local Tax Conference on December 4. Read the press release here: Bloomberg Tax Announces State Tax Award Winners.
“To say that I was surprised and overwhelmed to receive the Latcham Award for my service to the world of State and Local Tax, would be an understatement. I am greatly honored to be included in the ranks of those who have received this award, many of whom are close and dear friends. After 40 years of state tax, I can say, along with Jerry Garcia, “What a long strange trip it has been” from civil rights law to General Counsel of the Florida DOR to private practice. Along the way I have met many wonderful intelligent remarkable and fun people, and to a large degree this lifetime achievement award is a testimony to them as well as to my career. I want to thank all those fabulous souls and the BBNA Advisory Board for this unique and very special honor.” — Bill Townsend