Monday, April 07, 2014
State Tax Spotlight on Jordan M. Goodman
By Maria Koklanaris
"Featured News," Tax Analysts
April 7, 2014
Before Jordan M.
Goodman had SALT, he had pizza.
In 1986 one year out of law school at the University of
Illinois, Goodman was a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen LLP. "My
dad always said, 'Go get training and figure out what you want to
do.' After awhile, I would pick the training [at Arthur Andersen]
based on the food," Goodman, now a partner and co-chair of the
state and local tax group at Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago,
said during a series of interviews with Tax Analysts. "They were
forming the first SALT group. They were offering Lou Malnati's deep
dish pizza, which I love. So I went."
And he stayed.
"They talked about how this was going to be a growth area. For
lawyers in particular, there's constitutional law, there's a lot of
administrative hearings, there's protests -- that really intrigued
me," Goodman said. "My friends, though, you would have thought I
had elected to assassinate somebody. In one corner are the
attorneys; in a deeper corner are the tax attorneys. In the
deepest, darkest corner are the SALT attorneys."
Twenty-eight years later, Goodman is out of the corner. First at
McDermott Will & Emery, where he was an associate from 1988 to
1993, and then at Horwood
Marcus & Berk, where he has been for the past 21 years,
Goodman has worked on three U.S. Supreme Court cases. He travels
often, giving between 50 and 60 speeches and presentations each
year. At home in Chicago, he is sought out regularly to resolve
state and local tax issues for bothFortune1000 and smaller
"Seeing Jordan in action was very enjoyable," John Amato, state
tax counsel for General Electric Capital Corp., said about
Goodman's recent success in a case he handled for GE. "He was
articulate, passionate, fast on his feet with questions from the
bench. His arguments were persuasive."
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