Bruce P. Ely Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Bruce P. Ely

Bruce Ely is a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama office of the multistate law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP ( The Practice Group represents taxpayers before various state and local government departments of revenue as well as the circuit and appellate courts of Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. Mr. Ely has appeared before the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, various federal district courts, the Alabama Tax Tribunal, and various state circuit courts, as well as the U.S. Tax Court.

He serves as Alabama correspondent for Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report and is a longtime member of their Multistate Tax Advisory Board. He is Co-Chair of the New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation, is a long-time Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers” for a number of years. He is also Co-Chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Task Force on the State Implications of the new Federal Partnership Audit Rules.

Bruce received both his B.S. degree in Accounting and J. D. (with honors) from the University of Alabama and his LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law. He was the first recipient of NYU’s “Paul H. Frankel Award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation,” in December 2013 and was named one of the “Top 10 Tax Lawyers in the United States” by State Tax Notes/Tax Analysts that same year. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy. He has co-authored numerous acts of the Alabama Legislature over the past 33 years, dealing with the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, the Alabama Tax Tribunal, the Local Tax Simplification Act, corporate income taxes, S corporations, LLCs and LLPs, and municipal business license taxes.

He has been privileged to serve over the years as counsel to several tax reform and constitutional reform commissions of the Alabama Legislature or the Alabama Senate. He is a Vice Chair of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the non-partisan good government think tank headquartered at Samford University in Birmingham, and a Member of the Alabama Law Institute.


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