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David M. Wooldridge

Shareholder
Birmingham
dwooldridge@sirote.com
Tel: 205-930-5219
Fax: 205-212-3814
Assistant
Laura Chandler
lchandler@sirote.com
205-930-5425

David's practice is focused on tax litigation and tax controversy cases, involving both the IRS and Department of Revenue. Most recently, he has had a particular emphasis on defending conservation easements including the landmark Kiva Dunes case in US Tax Court. During his 35 years with Sirote, Davidís practice has included tax planning, state & local tax issues, family succession and business planning, shareholder oppression, and trust issues. He was Siroteís Managing Partner from 1992 to 1999.

  • Handles substantial tax controversies with federal and state authorities involving audits, administrative appeals and litigation in federal and state courts
  • Handles business, corporate and shareholder controversies in federal and state courts
  • Performs tax planning and corporate planning for individuals and closely held businesses, including income taxes, estate and gift taxes and state local taxes, business transactions and family succession planning 
  • Extensive knowledge of subjects related to tax practice and procedure and the handling of tax controversies and litigation
  • Taught for 28 years on tax practice and procedures at the University of Alabama School of Accounting (Master of Tax Accounting) and School of Law (LLM in Taxation) 
  • Holder for 24 years of the highest rating attainable by Martindale-Hubbell (AV), a reflection of having achieved preeminent status in the areas of professional skill and integrity
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, Litigation & Tax Controversy
  • Best of US, Tax Law, 2006
  • Corporate Counsel Magazine Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2003 

 

  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Tax
  • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney in Tax Law
  • Alabama State Bar Association  
    • Tax Section, chairman, 1987
    • Lawyer Assistance Program, chair, 2004-07
    • Award of Merit, 2009
    • WM Scruggs Service Award, 2013
  • American Bar Association
    • Tax Section Court Procedure Committee, former chair 
    • IRS Southeast Region, former ABA liaison
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
  • Member of bars of federal courts, US Tax Court, US Claims Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Served as law clerk to Judge Irene F. Scott of the United States Tax Court, 1976-78

 

Schools

  • New York University
    LLM in Taxation, 1976
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    JD, 1975
  • University of Alabama
    BS, 1972

Additional Accolades

University of Alabama School of Law

  • Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor

New York University

  • Tax Law Review, Graduate Editor

 

  • Homewood City Schools Foundation, past president
  • Active in fundraising efforts for the United Way and United Cerebral Palsy

 


  • Editor, Sirote's Tax Controversy Blog
  • Editor, Sirote's Conservation Easement Blog
  • Speaker, "Amendment, Modification & Termination of Conservation Easements," Land Trust Alliance Rally 2013
  • Speaker, "Understanding Conservation Easements and Section 170(h) of the Tax Code," Advanced Seminar on Conservation Easements, September 2013 
  • Speaker, “Tax Planning with Conservation Easement,” Strafford CLE Seminar, March 2013
  • Speaker, Alabama Association of Accountants and Tax Preparers, September 2013
  • Speaker, "Maximizing the Financial Advantages of Land Conservation," Conservation Easements Seminar, September 2013

Sirote & Permutt's Ronald Levitt and David Wooldridge Quoted in Business Alabama Article on Kiva Dunes Case - 8/25/2014

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Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 - 8/19/2014

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Sirote & Permutt Presents ASCPA Webinar Series - 7/1/2014

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Sirote's Tax Litigation Lawyers File Brief in Appeal of $2.1 Million Conservation Easement Deduction - 5/16/2014

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Sirote's Wooldridge Quoted In Bloomberg Article - 11/21/2013

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Ronald Levitt and David Wooldridge Speak about Conservation Easements - 9/25/2013

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Attorneys Speak about Tax Issues to the Alabama Association of Accountants & Tax Preparers - 9/20/2013

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Sirote Attorneys Ronald Levitt and David Wooldridge to Serve as Panelists for the Land Trust Alliance - 9/9/2013

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Sirote Attorney David Wooldridge Recognized by Alabama State Bar - 7/19/2013

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Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013

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Sirote Attorney David Wooldridge to Speak about "Tax Planning with Conservation Easements" - 3/5/2013

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Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate - 12/10/2012

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2013 - 11/5/2012

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Register Now for ASCPA CLE Tax Seminar Presented by David Wooldridge - 9/10/2012

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Sirote's David Wooldridge Will Present ASCPA Tax Webinar - 9/3/2012

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Sirote's David Wooldridge Featured Speaker for Conservation Easement Workshop - 8/28/2012

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Register Now for ASCPA Tax Webinar, Presented by David Wooldridge - 8/20/2012

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David Wooldridge Presenter for ASCPA Webinar - 7/12/2012

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Sirote Attorneys Levitt and Wooldridge Elected to American College of Tax Counsel - 4/24/2012

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Sirote & Permutt Successfully Defends Case Against IRS - 3/12/2012

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Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys - 2/2/2012

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David Wooldridge Panelist at American Bar Association Tax Institute - 11/23/2011

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Ronald Levitt and David Wooldridge to Present at Conservation Easement Conference - 10/31/2011

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Sirote Tax Attorneys Publish Land Easement Article - 7/21/2011

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Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010

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Birmingham Magazine Names 5 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/2/2010

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Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014

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31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009

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Alabama State Bar Award Of Merit Presented To David Wooldridge - 7/24/2009

David M. Wooldridge, a shareholder in the law firm of Sirote & Permutt, was presented with the Alabama State Bar Award of Merit for 2009. Read More


Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Have Successful Outcome In Landmark Conservation Easement Case Before US Tax Court - 6/22/2009

he United States Tax Court issued a seminal decision in a controversy with the Internal Revenue Service concerning a taxpayerís deduction for contributing a conservation easement to a land trust. Read More


Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008

The following attorneys with the law firm of Sirote & Permutt have been named to the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers: Read More