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William D. Townsend

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William D. Townsend practices in the areas of state and local taxation and multi-state taxation. He has represented clients in various states on issues in administrative and judicial actions relating to sales, corporate income, business and organization taxes and telecommunications taxes, as well as state taxation of intellectual property, electronic commerce taxation (E-commerce) and unclaimed property (escheat) issues.

Additionally, Bill represents clients on legislative tax matters, including the taxation of computer services, corporate income tax issues and sales tax exemption matters. He has an extensive background in structuring business transactions to minimize state tax impacts. Bill has also assisted representing new businesses and expanding businesses in dealing with Enterprise Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He has also represented clients in dealings with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on matters dealing with liquor and tobacco issues.

He has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. Bill has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and listed in Chambers USA as a leading Tax lawyer in Florida from 2003 – 2013. He was also noted as a Recommended Lawyer in Domestic Tax in Florida from 2009 – 2011 by The Legal 500.

From 2003 – 2009, he was noted as a “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine, where he ranked in the top two percent of practicing Florida Bar Members. Bill also has been consecutively listed as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007.


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Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Taxation
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • The Florida Bar
    • Tax Section, Chairman, 2004 – 2005
    • State and Local Taxation Division, Former Chairman,
    • Long Range Planning Committee
    • Secretary
  • Georgetown University Law School State and Local Tax Seminar, Advisory Board Member, 1989 – present
  • Co-Chair, National Multi State Tax Symposium, sponsored by The Florida Bar Tax Section and Deloitte
  • National Association of State Bar Tax Section (NASBTS), Executive Council, 1997 – present
  • New York University College of Law State and Local Tax Seminar, Advisory Board Member, 1997 – present
  • Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators, Member, Business Council, 1994 - 1998
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, Chair, Tax Committee, 1999 – 2001

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • Tallahassee Little Theatre:
    • Board Member, 2003 – 2006
    • Treasurer, 2006 – 2010
    • Counsel, 2005 – 2015
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Counsel to the late and unlamented proposed Florida Center for the Performing Arts, Tallahassee, Florida

Education

  • J.D.: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1971
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Prior Legal Experience

  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Tallahassee, Florida, 2014-2015
  • Fowler White Boggs, P.A. Tallahassee, Florida 2005-2014
  • Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, Tallahassee, Florida 2004-2005
  • Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Tallahassee, Florida, 2002-2004
  • Holland & Knight LLP, Tallahassee, Florida, 1994-2002
  • Huey, Guilday, Kuersteiner & Tucker P.A., Tallahassee, Florida, 1989-1994
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, 1977-1980
  • Weintraub & Townsend, Miami, Florida, 1973-1977
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Miami, Florida, 1971-1973

Recognition & Awards

  • Special Counsel to the Federal Commission on Internet Taxation, 1990 – 2000
  • General Counsel, Florida Department of Revenue, 1983 – 1989
  • Deputy General Counsel, Florida Department of Revenue, 1980 – 1983
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, State of Florida, Tax Section, 1977 – 1980
  • Named “Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year” by The Florida Bar Tax Section, 2014
  • Recognized by Chambers USA- America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Tax: State & Local, 2003-2013; and 2015-2017
  • Noted as a Recommended Lawyer in Domestic Tax in Florida from 2009-2011 by The Legal 500
  • Recognized as a “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine, where he ranked in the top two percent of practicing Florida Bar Members, 2003-2009; and 2015-2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006
  • Consecutively listed as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007
  • Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV Rating