Staff and Contributors
Welcome to the Tax Analysts' online press guide, your source for information on the IRS, tax policy, tax reform, tax shelters, personal and corporate taxes, tax practitioner ethics, budget policy, and economic policy in general.The following are some of the staff members who are available to speak with you. To schedule an interview with a member of our staff, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Bergin, President and Publisher
Chris Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts, is an authority on federal tax policy. He joined Tax Analysts in 1991, serving as the editor of Tax Analysts’ flagship publication, Tax Notes, for eight years before taking control of the overall operations of the organization. For almost 30 years, he has written extensively on federal tax issues in national newspapers and journals while working in tax publishing. During his tenure, Tax Notes magazine has been recognized as one of the nation’s top tax journals. Before joining Tax Analysts, he managed several federal tax products at Prentice Hall Inc. Bergin has a BA in history from Boston College and a JD from Pace University School of Law. In 2008 he completed the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
David Brunori, Deputy Publisher
David Brunori, deputy publisher of Tax Analysts, specializes in tax and government issues. He is also a contributing editor of State Tax Notes and author of its weekly column The Politics of State Taxation. A research professor at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Brunori teaches state and local public finance and fiscal federalism. He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School. The author of numerous books on state and local tax policy, Brunori received the 2001 Choice Award for his book State Tax Policy: A Political Perspective. Previously, Brunori served as an appellate trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division. He also served as a David C. Lincoln Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy from 2001 to 2004. Brunori holds an MA in political science from George Washington University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lee Sheppard, Contributing Editor
Lee Sheppard, contributing editor of Tax Analysts' Tax Notes, is one of the nation's most widely read and respected tax commentators. Named one of the Global Tax 50 most influential players in international taxation in 2012 by International Tax Review, Sheppard specializes in financial issues and the taxation of multinational corporations. Her articles have included commentary on treaty issues, transfer pricing, European tax developments, and cutting-edge financial issues such as derivatives, hybrid securities, and hedge funds. Sheppard holds a law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law.
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Martin A. Sullivan, Chief Economist
Martin A. Sullivan, chief economist and contributing editor for Tax Analysts’ daily and weekly publications and blog, is an expert on federal tax reform. Sullivan has written over 500 economic analyses for Tax Analysts’ publications and is the author of two books on tax reform, including the recent Corporate Tax Reform: Taxing Profits in the 21st Century. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. Previously, Sullivan taught economics at Rutgers University and served as a staff economist at the U.S. Treasury Department and later at the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received a PhD in economics from Northwestern University. In October 2013 he was the subject of a 4,500-word feature in The Washington Post by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steven Pearlstein.
Cara Griffith, Editor in Chief, News
Cara Griffith, editor in chief of Tax Analysts’ news operations, is an expert on state and local tax issues and policy. She contributes regularly to the Tax Analysts blog and writes the State Tax Notes column Practice Notes. Since joining Tax Analysts, Griffith has reported on many federal and state court cases, congressional hearings, and tax conferences. Previously, she was a manager with PwC and has written for a broad range of tax policy publications, including The Tax Adviser, The Hedge Fund Law Report, and The Hill. Griffith has a BA in political science and a BA in international studies from the University of Evansville and a JD from the George Washington University Law School.
Jeremy Scott, Editor in Chief, Commentary
Jeremy Scott, editor in chief of Tax Analysts' commentary, is an expert on federal issues and corporate tax policy. Scott leads the company's commentary, analysis, and opinion publishing. He contributes weekly to the Tax Analysts blog and writes periodically on federal tax issues. Before joining Tax Analysts, Scott was an associate at Silverman & Associates Chartered, where he practiced in construction law, bankruptcy, Miller Act issues, estate planning, debtor and creditor’s rights law, choice of entity, the creation of corporate and limited liability entities, and general corporate law. Scott received his BA from the University of Virginia, his JD from the William & Mary School of Law, and his LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mindy Herzfeld, Contributing Editor
Mindy Herzfeld is a contributing editor to Tax Notes International, where she writes on international tax policy and cross-border transactions. She has a background in international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs and inversions, intellectual property restructurings, venture capital investing, and private equity structures. Previously, Herzfeld was in the international tax group of Deloitte Tax LLP, where she worked in the National Tax office, before joining the New York office to specialize in international M&A. Before Deloitte, Herzfeld practiced tax law in-house and at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. She also served as a judicial clerk for Judge I. Leo Glasser of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She holds a JD from Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal; an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Graduate Tax Scholar and recipient of the Tannenwald Prize; and a BA magna cum laude from Barnard College.
Joseph J. Thorndike, Director of the Tax History Project and Contributing Editor
Joseph J. Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts, is a nationally recognized tax historian. He is a regular columnist for Tax Analysts’ publications, including Tax Notes magazine, and a writer for the Tax Analysts blog. Thorndike also has written for a number of national publications and academic journals. A prolific author on the history of American taxation, Thorndike’s latest book is Their Fair Share: Taxing the Rich in the Age of FDR, published by the Urban Institute Press. Thorndike serves as a visiting scholar in history at the University of Virginia and teaches tax policy at the Northwestern University School of Law. He holds a BA from Williams College and an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.
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Fred Stokeld, Senior Editor
Stokeld has been writing for Tax Analysts since 1994 with a focus on tax-exempt organizations and tax-exempt financing. His work has included articles on exemption standards for hospitals and IRS and congressional oversight of the nonprofit sector. Before coming to Tax Analysts, he worked in a division of the White House press office and was press secretary to the late Rep. Hamilton Fish of New York.