Otto S. Shill, III

Member

For more than 30 years, Mr. Shill has helped businesses and business owners and individuals comply with tax and other government regulations, navigate government investigations, and build wealth through business transactions and long-term business and estate planning.

Biography

For more than 30 years, Mr. Shill has helped businesses and business owners and individuals comply with tax and other government regulations, navigate government investigations, and build wealth through business transactions and long-term business and estate planning. He has significant experience in business transactions, federal and state tax compliance and tax controversies; compensation and employee benefits, employment regulation; and government contracting compliance and disputes.

Mr. Shill regularly represents clients before federal and state government agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U. S. Department of Labor (DOL), the National Labor Relations Board, Arizona Attorney General’s office, Arizona Industrial Commission, Arizona Department of Revenue and other Arizona regulatory boards. Mr. Shill also drafts and lobbies for the passage of legislation to remedy client issues. The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization designates Mr. Shill as a Certified Tax Specialist.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas (1991)
  • Arizona (1985)

Court Admission

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Arizona State Courts

Media and Presentations

Blogs

Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “Essentials of Employment Law: Representing an Employee,” State Bar of Arizona, Employment and Labor Law Section (March 2019)
  • “Taxation of Settlements and Judgements,” Arizona Employment Lawyer’s Association (February 2019)
  • “Arizona Proposes to Reduce Tax Rates to Give More Time to Address Federal Tax Law Changes” (January 2019)
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court Changes Nexus Required for State Taxation of Online Sales: But Questions Still Remain,” (June, 2018)
  • “FATCA and FBAR: The IRS is discontinuing its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program,” Jennings Strouss Client Alert (March 2018)
  • “Deducting Attorneys’ Fees Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” Jennings Strouss Client Alert (April 2018)
  • “Storm On The Horizon: Amend Your Partnership Agreement Before The IRS Does It For You,” Business Law Times (November 2017)
  • “New Proposed Rules for Arizona Sick Leave Requirements,” Employment Law Times (July 2017)
  • “Getting Ready for July 1st: Arizona’s Sick Leave Rules Become Effective,” Employment Law Times (June 2017)
  • “Fair Labor Standards Act,” Arizona Employment Law Handbook, Second Edition, Vol. 2, (revised 2016)
  • “Negligent Hiring and Supervision,” Arizona Employment Law Handbook, Second Edition, Vol. 2, (revised 2016)
  • Editorial Board, Arizona Employment Law Handbook, Second Edition, Vol. 2, (revised 2016)
  • “Prepare Early to Successfully Manage a Tax Audit, Part III,” Business Law Times (2016)
  • “Prepare Early to Successfully Manage a Tax Audit, Part II,” Business Law Times (2016)
  • “Prepare Early to Successfully Manage a Tax Audit, Part I,” Business Law Times (2016)
  • “How to Save Taxes and Avoid ADA Lawsuits,” Business Law Times (2016)
  • “How to Respond to an NLRB Investigation,” Employment Law Times (2016)
  • “Taxation Issues in Employment Settlement Awards,” Arizona Employment Law Handbook, Second Edition, Vol. 2, (2007; revised 2013)
  • “Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Prop 206” Employment Law Times (March 2017)
  • “Proposed Overtime Rule Will Not Go Into Effect December 1, 2016” Employment Law Times (2016)

Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Member, Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Subcommittee
  • Member, Section of Labor and Employment
  • Member, Section of Public Contract Law

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Tax Law Section

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Employment Law – Management (2020)
  • Recognized, “The Big Thank You Event, Awards for Public Policy,” Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) (December 4, 2018)

Community Involvement

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

  • Public Affairs Committee, Tax Committee
  • Legal, Regulatory and Financial Services Committee

Arizona Small Business Association

  • Board Member, Public Policy Committee

Arizona Tax Research Association

  • Board Member
  • Legislative Committee
  • Tax Policy Committee

AOPA Airport Support Network

  • Volunteer

East Valley Estate Planning Council

  • Board Member

East Valley Adult Resources Inc.

  • Board Member (2018 – present)

East Valley Adult Resources Foundation

  • Board Member (2016-2018)

Mesa Chamber of Commerce

  • Board Member
  • Chair, Government Affairs Committee (2009 – 2015)
  • Chair, Board of Directors (2012)

Mesa Rotary Club

  • Past President (2018-2019)
  • President (2017-2018)
  • President-Elect (2016-2017)

Mesa Rotary Foundation

  • President (2018-2019)

City of Mesa Falcon Field Area Visioning Commission

  • Member (2014 – 2015)

East Valley Aviation and Aerospace Alliance

  • Past Chair, Board of Directors (2011 – 2013)

City of Mesa Central Main Street Neighborhood Area Planning Committee

  • Member (2011)

Foreign Languages

  • French