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  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1980
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Mississippi State University, B.S. in Accounting, with distinction, 1976
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  • Louisiana, 1980
  • Mississippi, 1979
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William Backstrom, Jr.
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8228 tel
504.589.8228 fax

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Bill Backstrom leads the firm's Tax & Estates Practice Group. His practice, for more than 30 years, has focused primarily on state and local tax matters in Louisiana and on a multistate basis. These matters include tax and business planning, utilization of tax and business incentives, audits, government relations, administrative appeals, judicial appeals, and legislative matters.

Mr. Backstrom is a Board Certified Tax Specialist as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of tax topics, including all aspects of Louisiana state and local taxation, as well as state and local tax issues relating to multistate and multinational operations.

He is also a founder and editor of Cooking with SALT, a legal blog committed to providing timely insights on recent legal and practical developments concerning clients in many state and local taxing jurisdictions on matters involving income, franchise, net worth, gross receipts, sales/use, business and occupational license, severance, ad valorem property, and other miscellaneous taxes.

Mr. Backstrom has lectured at programs presented by the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education, the Tulane University Law School Tax Institute, the American Bar Association Section on Taxation (State and Local Tax Committee), the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the Paul J. Hartman Memorial State and Local Tax Forum, the Council on State Taxation (COST), the National Multistate Tax Symposium, the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators (SEATA), the Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators, the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans Chapters of Tax Executives Institute, Inc. (TEI), and the American Petroleum Institute (Houston Chapter).

Mr. Backstrom also developed and taught the State & Local Tax course in the Graduate Accounting Program (Taxation Specialization) at the University of New Orleans. He also is a contributing author to COST's State Tax Report.

Mr. Backstrom is a member of the Advisory Board of the Paul J. Hartman Memorial State and Local Tax Forum, the Advisory Board of the National Multistate Tax Symposium, and the IPT.

Noteworthy

  • Recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Tax: US Taxes: Non-Contentious (2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Litigation and Controversy - Tax and Tax Law (listed annually since 1995)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Litigation and Controversy - Tax "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans
  • Named "New Orleans Best Lawyers Litigation & Controversy - Tax Lawyer of the Year" 2013
  • Named a "Top 10 State Tax Lawyer" by State Tax Notes (2011)
  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Corporate/M&A: Tax (listed annually since 2010)
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Tax (listed annually since 2007)
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

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  • American Bar Association (Member and Vice-Chair, 2009–2010, Section of Taxation, Committee on State and Local Taxes)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Section of Taxation)
  • The Mississippi Bar (Member, Section of Taxation)