As we near the end of another unique year, our State & Local Tax Group would like to thank our clients and friends for your continued partnership and collaboration. We are also extremely proud to share that two members of the SALT group have been recognized by their peers and clients for their excellent contributions to the field over their outstanding careers.

Kendall Houghton was awarded the Council on State Taxation/Paul Frankel Excellence in State Taxation award in October in recognition of her "outstanding and continuing contributions to the state and local tax profession." She remains the chair of Alston & Bird's Tax Area.

John Coalson was awarded the NYU School of Professional Studies Paul H. Frankel Award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation in December. John has long been recognized as a pioneer in the unclaimed property field, and his legacy lives on here at Alston & Bird.

The Alston & Bird State & Local Tax Group has provided unparalleled client service in state and local taxation and unclaimed property for more than 50 years. In the spirit of these awards' namesake – the "godfather of state and local taxation," Paul H. Frankel – we look forward to continuing our contributions to the field of state and local taxation and collaboration with our clients.

A happy new year to all.