Elizabeth Copeland is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses her practice on civil tax controversies. She has expertise handling offshore voluntary disclosure matters, employment tax disputes, tax collection matters, innocent spouse representations, IRS Appeals and Tax Court litigation. Elizabeth is a former Attorney Advisor to the United States Tax Court and, since leaving the Court, has secured several victories for taxpayers. She is currently Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Texas Section of Taxation.
- Admitted, Texas
- Admitted, U.S. Tax Court
- Admitted, U.S. District Court; Western District of Texas
- Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- American Bar Association, Tax Section, Committee on Appointments to the Tax Court, Past Chair, Court Procedure and Practice Committee, Member, Pro Bono Committee, Member, Nominating Committee, Member
- State Bar of Texas, Secretary, Advanced Tax Law Course, Planning Committee Member, Tax Controversy College, Planning Committee Member
- Our Lady of the Lake University School of Business, Former Adjunct Professor
- San Antonio Bar Association
- American Bar Association Peer Mediation Project
- Bexar County Women's Bar Association, Member , Former Vice President, Treasurer and Director
- Selected for the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization Tax Law Exam Review Board
- South TexasIRS/Practitioners Council, Former San Antonio representative
- Former Attorney Advisor to Hon. Judge Mary Ann Cohen of the United States Tax Court
- Certified Public Accountant - Texas, 1988
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1992
The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., 1986, with honors
- Secured taxpayer victory in major clothing company v. Commissioner.
- Represented individual in U.S. Tax Court against Commissioner, winning government concession after trial.
- Represented livestock company against Commissioner securing a taxpayer victory.
- Settled numerous U.S. Tax Court cases in favor of the taxpayer.
Life After UBS: Defending Against the Internal Revenue Service's Efforts to Find and Prosecute Those With Undisclosed Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (6 Nov. 2009).
Try a Case in the United States Tax Court (29 Sept. 2009).
HOT: "H"ealth Care and "O"ther "T"ax Acts, (24 May 2011).
Honey! You Shrunk Our Assets! A Discussion of Tax Issues in Divorce (18 June 2009)
Dealing with IRS Collections (28 Aug. 2009).
- Girl Scout Leader, Troop 767
- Named among the Top Ten 2012 Tax Persons of the Year, as selected by national publication, taxanalysts®, Tax Notes, January 7, 2013
- Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America® 2012, as published by Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2013
- Named among San Antonio's Best Tax Law Attorneys by S.A. Scene magazine, 2004-2012
- Named Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2012
- Honored as 2010 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer by the Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation
- Recipient of the Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award as presented by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, 2009
- Honored by the American Society of Women Accountants as regional winner of the Balance Award, 2007
- Elizabeth was responsible for setting up the United States Tax Court Pro Bono Program, the first statewide program of its kind in the nation. Elizabeth's program is now used as a model for other State Bars to provide Pro Bono assistance to low income taxpayers.
- Recipient of the Belva Lockwood Outstanding Young Lawyer award, 1998