Members of MGH
H. Michael Madsen was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1972. His practice concentrates on state and local taxation, administrative law, and governmental law. Mr. Madsen has extensive experience in trials, appeals, and administrative hearings, and has handled varied constitutional and statutory issues through the years. Mr. Madsen has also been involved in some seminal tax decisions involving cellular telecommunications services and taxation of utility property. He has represented clients on motor fuels tax issues, interstate distribution of commercial advertising materials, insurance premium tax controversies, license to use taxation, interstate taxation of medical devices, and the negotiation of voluntary disclosure agreements, among other tax issues. Mr. Madsen has served as an instructor in the Florida Bar Trial Advocacy Program and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) Advanced Sales and Use Tax School. He has written for and regularly speaks at ABA, IPT and other conferences, symposia and forums on such diverse topics as sales taxation of drop shipments, tax ethics, and Florida property tax issues. Mr. Madsen serves as co-chair of the annual ABA-IPT Advanced Sales and Use Tax Conference and author of the Florida chapter in the ABA Property Tax Deskbook. He has also served on the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission, which he chaired in 1996-97.
Robert S. Goldman has practiced in the state and local tax field since admission to the Florida Bar in 1977, representing clients in audits, protests, litigation, rulemaking, tax planning, and legislation. This experience includes all the major state and local taxes (sales taxes, property taxes, corporate income taxes, communications service taxes, gross receipts taxes, insurance premium taxes, documentary stamp taxes). It also spans diverse industries, including retailing, manufacturing, energy, leasing, hospitality, telecommunications, government contracting, health care, transportation, and the service sector. In 1996 Mr. Goldman was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida Telecommunications Taxation Task Force, which was charged with developing recommendations for modernizing the State's tax treatment of telecommunications. In the year 2000 he was one of the principal authors of Florida's telecommunications tax reform legislation, the first of its kind nationally. In 2010 he co-authored Florida property tax legislation revising the burden of proof and other procedural aspects of ad valorem cases. He served on the Steering Committee of the National Tax Association Communications and Electronic Commerce Tax Project, which comprised a national study of the issues associated with the tax treatment of E-commerce. Mr. Goldman served as Director of the State Tax Division of the Florida Bar Tax Section (1998-1999) and is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. He has served on the IPT Board of Governors, and is an instructor on constitutional and other legal issues at annual IPT Sales and Use Tax Schools and Income Tax Schools. Mr. Goldman has been recognized in Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite and in Super Lawyers, and has been named Best Lawyers' 2014 Tallahassee Lawyer of the Year in State and Local Tax. He has written and lectured extensively in the state and local tax area before professional and industry groups. Mr. Goldman holds a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.
Mark E. Holcomb has practiced state and local taxation law since admission to The Florida Bar in 1985. He regularly represents clients before the Florida Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities, and in litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Holcomb advises clients on a broad range of state and local taxes, including corporate income and franchise tax, sales and use tax, documentary stamp tax, communication services tax, insurance premium tax, ad valorem tax and motor fuels tax, in tax controversy work and in planning opportunities.
Mr. Holcomb is a past Chair of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar and a former Director of its State Tax Division. He has been named the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year (2014-15) by the Tax Section of The Florida Bar and the Tallahassee Tax Lawyer of the Year (2012) by U.S. Media Group and Best Lawyers. Mr. Holcomb is also a member of the Executive Council of the State and Local Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section.
Mr. Holcomb has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers and the Florida Trend Legal Elite, and has received the highest peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 17 years.
Mr. Holcomb regularly speaks on state and local tax issues before professional and industry groups, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Paul J. Hartman Memorial State and Local Tax Forum, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Tax Counsel Network, and the Independent SALT Alliance.
Mr. Holcomb earned his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Florida, where he elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D., with high honors, in 1985 from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.