Eric J. Coffill - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Eric J. Coffill

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 916-241-0500

Eric J. Coffill heads the firm’s Sacramento State + Local Tax Practice and is Managing Partner of the firm’s Sacramento office.  He has more than 25 years of experience in state tax matters. 


His practice focuses upon state tax controversies and transactional issues, with an emphasis on California FTB and SBE matters. He also regularly represents clients in tax disputes in a wide range of states, including Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.


From 1978 until 1983, his practice was limited to criminal (trial and appellate) defense and civil rights litigation, both in private practice and with the California State Public Defender. From 1983 until 1992, he served on the legal staff of the California FTB.


Mr. Coffill has been named annually since 2007 as a “Band 1” recommended attorney for California State and Local Tax in Chambers USA. He is also recommended by Legal 500 US 2013, Best Lawyers in America, named as one of the leading tax controversy advisors in the world in the 2012 International Tax Review – Tax Controversy Leaders Guide, and has been listed annually since 2004 in San Francisco Magazine as a Northern California “Super Lawyer.” He is a past recipient of the State Bar of California Legal Services Section Award for Exceptional Contributions for Delivery of Legal Services to Prisoners, and is the recipient of the 2010 Miller Award from the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California. 


Mr. Coffill is the author of over seventy articles on a variety of state tax issues. He is a frequent lecturer on state tax issues for numerous organizations, includingTEI, COST, NYU, IPT and the California Tax Policy Conference.  He served from 1991 through 1999 as an Adjunct Law Professor at McGeorge School of Law, where he taught State and Local Tax. He is currently a faculty member at the University of California’s Center for State and Local Taxation, where he has taught income/franchise taxation annually since 1991.

Occidental CollegeAB California State University, Dominguez Hills MA McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLL.M McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific J.D.

Client Comments

"Eric Coffill has phenomenal positive experience over multiple years in multiple cases/issues. He has shown significant expertise and provided expert guidance. He is very responsive to requests. He is a speaker at many seminars due to his experiences and ability to convey his message to audiences."

-C. Vincent Quella
Science Applications International Corp

Office Location

500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2500
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Sacramento Metro Area
Eric J. Coffill has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law (State and Local Tax)