Bob
Robert S. "Bob" Angelico
Shareholder, New Orleans
Firm President
Assistant
One Shell Square
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Bob Angelico is the firm’s president and managing partner. He is a nationally known business lawyer with years of experience helping top-tier companies with sophisticated state and local tax issues throughout Louisiana.  As the head of the firm's tax practice group, Bob works to minimize the taxes of his clients, which include manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, non-profits, construction businesses and other entities of all types and sizes.

Clients frequently rely on Bob to represent them in state and local tax audits and administrative appeals as alternatives to the court system.  Bob works extensively with the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Louisiana Tax Commission, Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals and local taxing authorities around the state.  In addition, he represents clients involved in state tax litigation, and parish and local tax litigation, at both the trial and appellate court levels.

Client's benefit from Bob's extensive experience with Louisiana state and local taxes, advising clients in entity formations, restructurings, acquisitions and dispositions. Businesses facing litigation in the energy sector often turn to Bob for income and franchise tax, sales and use tax, severance, and ad valorem tax disputes and other state and local tax claims. "My clients include entities from Fortune 500 companies to very small, local businesses," Bob adds, "and they're from all parts of Louisiana, the U.S. and abroad.”

In addition to oil and gas issues, Bob works on state tax and parish-level sales and property taxes involving complex income, franchise, excise and tobacco tax issues.  Bob is closely monitoring the tax climate in Louisiana – “I expect to see more litigation as Louisiana has made significant changes to its tax system and continues to explore other revenue raising options. I also expect more aggressive regulatory scrutiny as tax revenues continue to shrink."

Bob's training and credentials set him apart.  He is a Board Certified Tax Specialist ­ as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization ­ and a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Experience

Clients seek out Bob's counsel in part because he's hands-on, candid and efficient.  "I also have good, constructive relationships with all personnel in the courts and agencies and with opposing counsel." 

Bob's assignments illustrate these qualities, including the following:

  • In a recent local sales tax matter, a large manufacturer was taxed by a parish authority on a product used at a facility out of state.  "We challenged the tax favorably going back seven years and got an agreement going forward."
  • "I recently represented a major E&P entity hit with an additional state severance tax on crude oil, where I helped settle a series of disputes for pennies on the dollar." 
  • Many cases settle before they head to litigation, but in a case that nearly went to the Louisiana Supreme Court, and we saved our _oil and gas client $80 million.
  • I represented a multi-state drilling company and was able to defeat two parish use tax assessments for reconstruction work done on a drilling barge, prevailing at the Louisiana Supreme Court.
  • I successfully represented a couple with a State tax credit claim for the alternative fuel vehicle tax credit where the State was fighting the credit and litigating over 600 individual claims. My case turned out to be the test case that caused the State to drop its litigation and award the credit to all qualifying individual and business claimants.
  • I represented a major Texas based natural tobacco products distributor in a successful court challenge to Louisiana’s discriminatory tobacco tax discount for out of state suppliers.

Involvement

Professional

  • Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants- President 2010-2011, Legislation Steering Committee Task Force, Member
  • Board Certified Tax Specialist – Louisiana Board of Specialization
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Taxation Section, Past Chairman
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Board Member
  • Society of Louisiana CPAs - Recipient, 2004 Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award and Outstanding Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Discussion Leader Award
  • New Orleans Chapter of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants - Past President
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation - Member
  • American Bar Association Taxation Section, State and Local Taxes Committee - Member
  • New Orleans, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations - Member
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1980

Community

  • New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center - Past President, 1997 - 1999; Past Board Member
  • Daughters of Charity Health Services of New Orleans - Board of Directors
  • Council for a Better Louisiana - Member
  • 1995 Leadership Louisiana Class - Member

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine's List of "Top Lawyers," 2015–2017
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2007–2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2003–2018
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award, 2007
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Corporate/M&A: Tax, 2013–2017
  • Best Lawyers’ 2013, 2018 New Orleans Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year

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Presentations

Bob speaks frequently on Louisiana state and local tax topics that cover all areas of Louisiana state and local taxation.  He has made presentations to the following: 

  • UNO Energy Accounting and Tax Conference
  • Louisiana Tax Conferences of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • Tax Executives Institute
  • Entergy Tax Association
  • Tulane Tax Institute

After Hours

"I'm an avid Saints and Pelicans fan.  I also enjoy spending time with family and friends visiting the great restaurants New Orleans has to offer.”

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