Senior Counsel

  • Juris Doctor: University of Georgia School of Law
  • Master of Laws in Taxation: University of Florida College of Law
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting: McCombs School of Business, University of Texas Austin

Biography

Ed is a seasoned tax attorney advising a broad array of clients on various tax and legal issues. He has extensive experience representing high net worth individuals, including NFL and NBA athletes, corporate executives with some of Atlanta’s largest firms, and closely-held private businesses. Ed has significant tax controversy engagements in both state and federal tax matters, working with revenue agents, appeals officers and counsel.

Ed has particular expertise representing professional athletes in a variety of legal matters. His representation covers all facets of the career of a professional athlete, including issues arising from relocation during the athlete’s career and subsequent transition to retirement.

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Representation of Professional Athletes

The lawyers at the Saylor Law Firm are oriented towards tax and estate planning, but have years of experience handling the legal needs of professional athletes. While intelligent tax planning is essential for the financial well being of a professional athlete, that is not the entirety of the services that professional athletes require to maintain order in their personal and financial lives.
Our lawyers have the experience and expertise to act as general legal counsel for professional athletes. As public figures, professional athletes have legal needs unique to them that other affluent clients generally don’t have.

Tax planning – we frequently tell our clients, “Be focused on how much you keep, not how much you make”. An athlete has a limited number of years to earn substantial sums of money, so thoughtful tax planning is critical to helping the client build an estate that they’ll need to generate capital for their needs once their playing career is over. We help our clients avoid costly mistakes.

Family law issues – we have experience in facilitating with local family law counsel or all family law issues – child support, divorce and premarital planning.

Charitable planning – we can advise our clients on intelligently using their celebrity and personal resources to make a difference in the community.

General legal advice specific to athletes – As public figures, athletes are vulnerable to being victimized and preyed upon. Our experience helps us to anticipate potential trouble and help our clients steer clear of danger. When one of our clients finds himself at risk, we are skilled in crisis management and navigating our clients out of difficult waters.

Post career planning – We represent multiple retired athletes enjoying successful business careers after their playing days have ended. This transition period is fraught with danger and we have the ability to assist in the transition away from a playing career.

Notable Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker: “Asset Protection and Tax Planning,” a presentation to Hoffman Financial Corporation, April 2017.
  • Speaker: “Tax and Other Legal Considerations for Professional Athletes,” panel member at the North American Law Summit on Tax and Legal Considerations for Professional Athletes, Cancun, Mexico, November 2016.
  • Speaker: “Tax Considerations for Athletes and Entertainers,” Lecture to Sports and Entertainment Section of State Bar of Georgia, 2014 – Present.
  • Author and Publisher: “Principles of Asset Protection Planning,” chapter in Financial Planning for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals, Harcourt Professional Publishing, an updated version, 2003.
  • Author: “Principles of Asset Protection Planning” chapter in Financial Planning for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals, Harcourt Professional Publishing, 2001.
  • Co-author: “The Impact of Valuation Discounts on Estate and Income Tax Basis” Estate Planning magazine, 1997.

Selected Honors and Awards

Memberships

State Bar of Georgia, 1989 – Present: Tax Section, Sports & Entertainment Section; Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Section, Estate Planning & Probate Section; North Atlanta Tax Council, Past President; Sports Lawyers Association. Admitted to practice, United States Tax Court.