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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 companies.

"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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