Vivian Hoard Lauded by Law360 and the Daily Report for Legal Excellence

October 6, 2020 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Vivian D. Hoard, who was honored among Law360’s MVPs of the Year in Tax Law and the Daily Report’s list of Georgia Trailblazers for 2020.

The highly competitive list of Law360 MVPs commends leaders and innovators in a wide variety of practice areas who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals,” while the Daily Report’s list of Georgia Trailblazers spotlights “agents of change…who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of their practice.”

In the past 12 months, Hoard has secured a string of positive results related to the conservation easement charitable tax deduction, including a major precedent-setting victory in the 11th Circuit that flatly rejected the IRS position that such deductions are not available for land in use as a golf course. Hoard’s resounding victory was won by proving that the letter of the law was on her side and by building a factual record that would ensure the court would agree. The court’s analysis established the threshold for cases going forward and taxpayers are already reaping the benefits of the greater clarity on the issues resolved in the case.

“A lot of tax attorneys are accountant types, and they don’t quite understand why someone doesn’t understand what they’re saying,” Hoard told the Daily Report in an interview. “When I approach a case, I try to make it so simple that even I understand it.”

A former Fulton County prosecutor, Hoard had argued 50 criminal cases in the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals before pivoting to a career in tax law. Most recently, she has focused on the next trend in tax litigation: tax issues related to micro-captive insurance. Her storyteller approach sets her apart from her peers and opponents, while always giving judges concrete facts to support the legal argument.

Hoard has extensive experience handling civil and criminal tax litigation, whistleblower claims and voluntary offshore disclosures. Her clients span a range of industries and include individuals, small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, professional athletes and their agents, entertainers, doctors, lawyers and accountants.

Ranked by Chambers USA in Georgia for Tax Law in 2019, Hoard earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Emory University and her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Georgia.