Andrew Yates is a senior associate in Alston & Bird’s State & Local Tax Group. He focuses his practice on state and local tax controversy and regulation matters, as well as unclaimed property issues.
Andy assists clients in a wide range of tax controversy matters, including appeals before state administrative agencies, courts and the IRS. He advises clients on securing and defending property tax appeals and exemptions, including before the Georgia Court of Appeals. Andy provides guidance to clients on sales/use tax, income tax and excise tax matters in jurisdictions throughout the country, including work with the taxation of cloud transactions and structuring the state tax affairs of international clients. He provides a strategic approach to corporate transactions by advising on the state tax implications of mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and real estate deals.
Andy received his J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he served as an articles editor for the Duke Law Journal, received the Taxation Law Award for his graduating class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Andy earned a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, then worked in a church and performed in a touring rock band. He received his B.A. in English from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.