Kendall L. Houghton


Ms. Houghton is a nationally recognized expert whose practice focuses on state and local tax planning, tax controversies and unclaimed property/escheat matters. She leads the Alston & Bird State Tax and Unclaimed Property practice. She previously served as general counsel to the Council On State Taxation (COST), where she filed U.S. Supreme Court briefs in cases impacting state taxation of multistate commerce and led a tax policy initiative addressing taxation of Internet transactions. Ms. Houghton advises clients with respect to unclaimed property/escheat compliance, voluntary disclosure initiatives, planning opportunities, single- and multi-state audit defense, and litigation of state unclaimed property assessments. Ms. Houghton also represents clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis with respect to significant tax disputes; negotiated favorable settlements with state and local jurisdictions; developed and advocated state tax policy and legislative positions that benefited client interests; and collaborated with clients to design transactional and organizational structures that have optimized direct and indirect tax burdens.

Ms. Houghton is co-author of Bloomberg BNA's Multistate Tax Management portfolio entitled "Unclaimed Property." She lectures on unclaimed property and state tax issues as professor at Georgetown University School of Law and is a featured speaker at national state tax conferences and schools hosted by COST, TEI, IPT, and the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization, Georgetown University School of Law and the New York University School of Law.

LL.M., Emory University (1994)
J.D., New York University (1989)
A.B., Harvard College (1986) magna cum laude

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:
1600 T.M., Unclaimed Property (co-author)
1340 T.M.,  Sales and Use Taxes: Drop Shipment Transactions (co-author)

Kendall L. Houghton is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management State Tax Advisory Board.