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Sara Elizabeth McManus

Associate

Sara McManus is an associate in the Firm's Chattanooga office.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. McManus holds an LL.M. in Taxation and has experience in a wide variety of tax-related areas, including federal tax controversy, state and local tax controversy, conservation easements, nonprofit and exempt organizations, and estate and succession planning, including international estate planning.

Ms. McManus also has experience in probate litigation including representation of estates as well as matters related to creditor claims. Ms. McManus has experience representing investors and developers as to EB-5 immigration.

Ms. McManus has experience representing individual and business taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Tax Court and the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Representative tax controversy matters include negotiation of installment agreements for individual and business taxpayers, representation of estates as to audits of federal estate tax returns, and representation as to federal and state level audits of individuals and businesses.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016)
  • President-Elect − Southeast Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (SETLAW) Board of Directors
  • Member − Northside Neighborhood House Board of Directors
  • Volunteer – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "The Probate Process from Start to Finish," National Business Institute (December, 2015)
  • "Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important," National Business Institute (August, 2014)
  • "Tax Changes and Conversations with Donors," Greater Chattanooga Area Planned Giving Council (April, 2013)

Awards

Education

  • University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation, 2011
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2010
    • Senior Articles Editor – Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Emerson College, B.F.A., magna cum laude, 2004
  • University of Mary Washington, 2002

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

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