Gail H. Morse is a tax lawyer whose national practice focuses on state and local tax issues, and whose federal tax background also enables her to counsel clients on federal tax and tax controversy matters. She leads the firm’s national state and local Tax Practice. She advises multinational and multi-state, private and publicly held businesses, tax-exempt entities, and individuals on all forms of state and local taxes including income, franchise, and sales/use taxes, and tax issues including nexus determinations, apportionment matters and income characterization issues. Ms. Morse manages and negotiates state tax audits and works with clients to implement audit strategies. She frequently represents clients before federal and state tax administrative agencies and tribunals. Her practice also includes related matters such as unclaimed property reporting, tax amnesty programs, voluntary disclosures, and state tax credit and incentive opportunities.
Ms. Morse is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Ms. Morse is a member of the firm’s Alumni and Diversity & Inclusion Committees and also serves as co-chair of the firm’s LGBT Forum. She began practice as an attorney-advisor in the Legislation and Regulations Division of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel.
Active in the community, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal. She is a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chicago-based Women’s Treatment Center, former Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues and a former Chair of WILPOWER, the political action committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. In 2015, Ms. Morse was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame for being a long-time advocate of and advancing LGBT awareness and civil rights. In 2008, she received the “Bella Abzug Woman of Honor Award” from the National Organization for Women for her work raising the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community and diversity issues in the workplace. She is a frequent speaker on behalf of the firm regarding its LGBT Diversity initiatives and on tax issues affecting the LGBT community.