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Bruce P. Ely

Attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, Alabama
Bruce is a Partner and co-chair of the State and Local Tax Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He co-wrote the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and Uniform Revenue Procedures Act of 1992, the Local Tax Simplification Act of 1998, the Municipal Business License Reform Act of 2006, and numerous other tax bills. He is also a contributing editor to State Tax Notes, CCH Sales & Use Tax Review, the Journal of Multistate Taxation, the Journal of Business Entities and the BNA Multistate Tax Report.

Bruce Ely’s more than 30 years of experience have allowed him to handle projects as diverse as serving on the recruiting teams that successfully induced both Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai to locate their first U.S. manufacturing plants in Alabama to representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the Alabama Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities. His practice focuses on three concentric areas: representing taxpayers in federal, state and local administrative and judicial forums; advising companies on choosing the proper form of entity through which to conduct business in the Southeast and potential tax incentives; and advising companies and various trade and professional organizations regarding state and local tax legislative matters. He also devotes a substantial amount of time to teaching and writing on SALT-related topics.

About Me

What professional recognitions do you have?
Bruce is the only Alabama member included in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers
What have you written or published within your profession?
Bruce was privileged to serve as counsel to several state tax reform, economic development and constitutional reform commissions over the years and has written extensively on those topics as well as on other multistate tax issues and incentives matters. He also speaks regularly on the tax aspects of pass-through entities at the national and state levels and co-authors a series of charts on the state taxation of LLCs and LLPs that have appeared in numerous tax and business entity journals and treatises.


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Association Position
Alabama State Bar Tax Section Chair of Legislative Review Committee, 2005-current
Alabama State Bar Tax Section Section Chair, 1988-1989
Alabama Law Institute Member, 1995-current
Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 1993-current
Journal of Business Entities Editorial Advisory Board
New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation Advisory Board, 2009-current
New York University Institute on State and Local Taxation Co-Chair, 2016-2018


School Degree Graduation Year
University of Alabama School of Law J.D. 1980
New York University School of Law LL.M., Taxation 1981
University of Alabama B.S. 1977

Contact Information

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

1819 5th Ave N
One Federal Place

Birmingham, AL 35203