Graham Green (LL.M.'10)
Associate, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction
Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School (2007)
What was your academic and/or professional background prior to attending Georgetown Law?
I graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007 and my first position after law school was as a tax associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP here in D.C. While working at Dewey & LeBoeuf, I completed my LL.M. in Taxation at Georgetown as a part-time student taking classes in the evenings and on Saturday mornings. This arrangement worked well for me because my classes helped me with questions at work and what I learned at work helped me with my classes as well.
How has your professional (or personal) experience been enhanced by your membership in the Georgetown Law alumni community?
Like any specialty, there is a steep learning curve in tax, particularly in the first few years of practice. The Tax LL.M. program was critical to helping me move up that learning curve during my first few years of practice. Personally, I have enjoyed being part of the extensive network of Georgetown alumni here in D.C. I’m a member of the Recent Alumni Advisory Council, which helps keep alumni engaged with Georgetown Law during their first 10 years after graduation and it’s been an enjoyable and rewarding experience getting to meet alumni this way.
What is your advice for current and future Georgetown Law LL.M. students on how best to use their year at Georgetown?
Georgetown Law has so much to offer and one of its strengths is its location in D.C. There are many off-campus opportunities to grow your professional network and knowledge of your field. For instance, the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and D.C. Bar, among others, all offer opportunities to network and learn during your time in D.C. It can be hard to break away from classes and studying, but even attending one of these off-campus events a month will help you get the most out of your time at Georgetown.
Could you please describe a typical work day?
Every day is different but I always start each work day by reviewing news stories in Tax Notes Today and BNA for new developments in my field. After that I spend much of the day on research and writing projects for clients. Without fail I learn something new each day either about tax or the practice of law, which keeps things interesting and challenging.
- What parts of your job you find most rewarding?
The most rewarding part of my position at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP is the opportunity to be a part of a team that helps resolve complex tax issues for clients. Every day I get to contribute to that team and learn from my colleagues.
- What academic courses or work experience do you think is important to have to get into your field?
Building a broad base of substantive knowledge and understanding of the Internal Revenue Code is essential to succeeding as a tax associate. I’d recommend that every Georgetown Tax. LL.M. candidate take courses in Corporate, International, and Partnership tax before graduating. Having this base will make answering the more specialized questions you’ll face while practicing much more manageable.
Interview conducted by Yuval Ruppin, Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Laws in Taxation Candidate, May 2016.