For more than 30 years, Robert P. Solliday has represented individuals and small businesses in Arizona as well as those located throughout the United States with properties located in Arizona. Robert's areas of practice include all facets of real estatebusiness lawestate planning, and taxation. Has has built a law practice based primarily on referrals from his clients and his peers. When representing Arizona clients, Robert draws upon his unique blend of legal experience and education helping them buy and sell property, negotiate leases and start businesses; plan their estates and handle family probates; as well as negotiate settlements with the Internal Revenue Service.

Robert is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Sciences. From there he attended  Arizona State University College of Law earning his Juris Doctorate, graduating cum laude. Following law school, Robert obtained his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

As a result of a good education, superior mentorship during his years at Mohr, Hackett, et al., and hard work, he was awarded an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent indicates his peers have ranked him at the highest levels of professional excellence and ethical standards; it takes a minimum of 10 years of practicing law to achieve an AV rating. He has received this award for the past 15 years and will continue to strive to receive this award for the next 15.

Professional Activities

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1984
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the State of Arizona, the United States Tax Court, and all Arizona Courts
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, American Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • Board Member, Lions Club, 1992-Present
    • Past President, Past Vice President, Past Director
  • Board Member, Lions Club Foundation
    • Past President, Past Vice President
    • Director/Secretary/Treasurer - Present
  • Board Member, Joan C. Ray Foundation, 2014- Present

Honors and Awards

  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1981
  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1982
  • Melvin Jones, Lions Club
  • AV Preeminent Attorney, 2008-2016

Representative Matters

  • Won case determining that termination payments did not “derive” from taxpayer’s insurance sales business and therefore, were not subject to self employment tax, Robert B. Milligan v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue)., 3a P.3D 1094 (U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th C.Az. Ct. 1994)
  • Represented taxpayer in case determining whether an insurance agency contract is not a capital asset and therefore, termination payments to agent taxed are untaxable as ordinary income, Trantina v. United States., 512 F.3d 567 (U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th C.Az. Ct. 2008)

Education

  • Master of Laws (in Taxation), New York University School of Law, 1985
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1984
    • Writer, Arizona State Law Journal
    • Note and Comment Editor, Arizona State Law Journal
    • Treasurer, Student Bar Association
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences Business Administration (Accounting), Distinction in Accounting, San Diego State University, 1981
    • Beta Alpha Psi, Honorary Accounting Fraternity

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