James W. McBride, shareholder in the Firm's Washington office, has worked in the national office of the Internal Revenue Service and has served as staff attorney for the Joint Congressional Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation. Prior to entering private practice in 1982, Mr. McBride held the position of General Attorney-Taxes for Southern Railway Company and bore primary responsibility for the resolution of a variety of state and local tax problems.
Mr. McBride heads a group of lawyers at Baker Donelson that maintain a nationwide practice in the State and Local tax area. Mr. McBride has served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases involving state and local tax matters in over 30 states. This representation involves railroads, pipe lines, telecommunications companies, airlines, and private carline companies.
Mr. McBride has a national practice, and in the course of that practice he has represented most of the Class I railroads, all of the major airlines, many of the major telecommunications companies, as well as private carline companies. These representations have been in numerous states and before a wide range of tribunals. While his practice largely is litigation oriented, he also handles administrative appeals, and does a significant amount of consulting work.
Mr. McBride has served on the faculty of the Tax Executives Institute's State and Local Tax Course and has appeared on the programs of the National Association of Railroad and Public Utility Tax Representatives, the Southeastern States Association of Tax Administrators, Western States Association of Tax Administrators, the Wichita State University Workshop on Public Utility Valuation, the Property Tax Institute, the Georgetown Tax State and Local Institute, and the New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation to discuss a variety of tax matters.