Philadelphia – April 8, 2015 – Joan C. Arnold, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group, has been elected president of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC), the preeminent professional association of tax lawyers in private practice. Ms. Arnold is the first woman to hold the office in the 33-year history of ACTC. Her one-year term began on March 1.
ACTC is a selective, invitational organization for lawyers with more than 15 years of experience who have demonstrated excellence in the practice of tax law and a commitment to involvement in the advancement of tax administration and tax law. The organization’s members comment on significant issues via amicus briefs, government submissions and ongoing discussions with senior leadership within the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Ms. Arnold has been an ACTC Fellow since 1999, and has served as a Regent since 2009. She served as ACTC vice chair for the 2014–15 term.
Ms. Arnold is active in the leadership of many other professional organizations, including the ABA Section on Taxation, where she is the Vice Chair – CLE. She is vice president and a member of the executive committee of the U.S. Branch of the International Fiscal Association. In Philadelphia, she was for the prior eight years president of the Philadelphia Tax Conference. In Washington D.C., she is on the executive committee of the George Washington/IRS Annual International Tax Institute. Ms. Arnold also teaches at the Temple Law School and is a former adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program at Villanova University School of Law.
Ms. Arnold focuses her practice on federal and international income tax. She has more than 30 years of significant experience in domestic and cross border M&A, and corporate international tax counseling, including substantial tax experience in the private equity arena.
Ms. Arnold holds a B.A. in mathematics from Wagner College, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.