Our Speakers

 

Terence Cuff

Terry Cuff’s principal clients include real estate investment trusts, real estate investors, large energy companies, large corporations with transactional tax problems and financial institutions. His practice centers on solving partnership and real estate tax problems. He speaks frequently on taxation at tax seminars all over the country. He is the author of several hundred articles in tax-related publications principally in the areas of partnership taxation, real estate taxation, like-kind exchanges and drafting partnership and LLC agreements.

Mr. Cuff attended New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1979; University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1977 (Order of the Coif) (served as a Member, Southern California Law Review); and University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., 1974. He was named "Southern California Super Lawyer" in Tax by Thomson Reuters (2004-2017); "Best Lawyer" in Tax Law (1991-2018), The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc.

 
 

Miranda Fleischer

Professor Miranda Perry Fleischer is the Herzog Endowed Professor of Law and Co-Director of Tax Programs at the University of San Diego School of Law. She graduated from University of Chicago Law School and holds her LLM in Tax from the New York University School of Law. She teaches federal estate and gift tax, non-profit law, and federal taxation. Before entering academia, Fleischer practiced as an estate planner at Shaw Pittman LLP and as a litigator at the Institute for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group, which piqued her interest in charitable giving. She also clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the Eighth Circuit in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She won the University of San Diego Law School’s 2014-15 Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and while teaching at the University of Colorado Law School, won the 2011 Provost's Achievement Award for her article "Theorizing the Charitable Tax Subsidies: The Role of Distributive Justice," published at 87 Washington University Law Review 505 (2010).

Ms. Fleischer is a prolific writer and a frequent presenter at academic conferences.

 
 

Wendy Herbert

Wendy Herbert advises individuals and businesses in a wide range of estate planning and tax matters. She focuses her practice on strategic planning for the transition of wealth from one generation to the next and on business succession planning. She also has a depth of experience in handling tax controversies, advising and representing individuals and businesses before the IRS.

Ms. Herbert currently serves as the Administrative Partner for Taxation and Wealth Planning in the Princeton Office of Fox Rothschild. Among the services she provides to clients are: complex estate and gift planning; estate and trust administration; federal and state tax controversies; and tax issues of nonprofit organizations.

She is also a frequent lecturer on various tax, estate and probate topics. She presents seminars for community organizations and professional education programs for attorneys and accountants.

Ms. Herbert served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Barry T. Albin, an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

She serves on the Advisory Committee of Crawford House, a charitable organization providing transitional housing and treatment to women in early recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Daytop Village of New Jersey, a charitable organization providing comprehensive substance abuse treatment and education programs for adolescents and young adults.

In addition, Ms. Herbert serves on the board of directors of Dress for Success Mercer County, a non-profit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a support network, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive.

 
 

Kris Hill

Kris Hill is the president of Kristin Hill, CPA, P.C. where her practice includes consulting and compliance work for business and individual clients, with a special focus on S corporation planning. Kris was the Managing Director of Deloitte Tax LLP for the SF Bay area from 2007 through 2017, a former Adjunct Professor of tax law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and has published several articles on S corporate tax planning and other tax topics for various professional journals. Click here to find her on LinkedIn ›

 
 

Steven Schneider

Steven R. Schneider is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Washington, DC office, where he focuses on tax. He started his career as a lawyer in the IRS' national office and has had many years of national-level law firm and Big-4 accounting firm experience. Mr. Schneider also previously chaired the ABA Partnership Tax Committee. He has been teaching an advanced tax course on drafting partnership and LLC agreements at Georgetown University Law Center since 2005 and has published numerous articles on tax for Taxes:The Tax Magazine, Tax Notes, Bloomberg BNA and Journal of Taxation, among many others. Mr. Schneider is a nationally recognized tax lawyer who focuses his practice on transactional, controversy and tax policy matters. He has significant tax experience in partnerships, REITs, S corporations, real estate, private equity, energy and inbound real estate investment.

Professional Honors: Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2018

 
 

Lou Weller

Lou Weller leads Lou Weller LLP's real estate, transactions and tax practice. He previously served as National Director of Real Estate Transaction Planning and National Director, Like Kind Exchange Services at Deloitte Tax LLP and was Of Counsel to the national law firm, Bryan Cave LLP.

Mr. Weller has practiced tax and business law for more than 40 years. He has extensive experience designing and implementing strategies for real estate and business asset acquisitions, transfers, exchanges, leases, financing, work-outs, business start-ups, limited liability companies, partnership and joint venture formations, transactions involving REITs, capital raising through placement of partnership interests and stock, as well as counseling clients on achieving business and personal tax planning objectives. He also owned and for more than 20 years operated a like kind exchange qualified intermediary business.

He is the Real Estate Department editor of the Journal of Taxation, has published extensively in professional publications and is the past Chair of the Real Estate Committee, American Bar Association Tax Section and of that committee’s Subcommittee on Like-Kind Realty Exchanges. He is also past Chair of the Taxation Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Tax Club and of the Federal Taxation of Real Estate Transactions Committee, American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. Lou serves as Co-Chair of the annual Jeremiah Long Advanced Seminar on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 and has also served as a member of the State Bar of California Taxation Section Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Tenant in Common Association (now the Alternative and Direct Investment Securities Association). He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Mr. Weller graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and earned concurrent J.D. and Masters in Public Policy degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. While in law school, he served as an editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1975.

In addition to his law practice, he serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and is a member (and former chair) of the Town of Tiburon Planning Commission. He lives in Tiburon, California and has one daughter, currently attending college.

 
 

Bret Wells

Bret Wells is the Law Foundation Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he has served on the full-time faculty since 2011. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Wells received his B.B.A. (Accounting) from Southwestern University and earned the Outstanding Accountancy Award as the top accounting graduate. Wells is an expert on international and business tax as well as oil and gas law. Before beginning his teaching career, Wells was the Vice-President, Treasurer, and Chief Tax Officer for a multinational company that provided oilfield services, with employees in 50 countries. He also worked as the Assistant General Tax Counsel at Cargill, Inc. and as an associate attorney at Baker & Botts, LLP.

Mr. Wells has testified as an expert witness on tax matters before the U.S. Congress multiple times and has made many presentations to academic and bar groups. He is the co-author on three highly-regarded business tax textbooks. His scholarship focuses on international tax, business tax, and oil and gas law.