Bruce has been practicing tax law since the 1970's, and has a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University. Following NYU, Bruce clerked for the Honorable Shiro Kashiwa at the United States Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. (now the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit). The Court of Claims had jurisdiction of tax refund cases, as well as being the appellate tribunal for the old Indian Claims Commission.

In 1982, Bruce joined Mike Sorensen in private practice in Seattle. Over the years, Bruce has written extensively in the tax field. Bruce has authored four versions of BNA's Tax Management Portfolio on Involuntary Conversions (1985, 1993, 1996, and 1999). The principal Tax Code provision involved in involuntary conversions is section 1033. Bruce also has written the BNA Tax Management Portfolio (T.M. 594-2) on the tax issues involved in buying, selling, and owning a personal residence. The principal Tax Code provision covered in the portfolio is section 121. Bruce has completed work on a third Tax Management Portfolio, T.M. 610-2, having to do with timber transactions. The principal Tax Code provision involved is section 631.Publication of this portfolio is expected in 2006.

Bruce has also authored eight chapters of the Tax Practice Series (another BNA series) about various aspects of tax law and procedure. These topics include IRS Audit Procedure, Statutes of Limitations, Tax Court Litigation, Timber Transactions, Refund Litigation, Involuntary Conversions, Non-recognition Transactions Upon Sale of Principal Residence, and Like Kind Exchanges. Bruce has also served as an Editor for the New York-published Journal of Taxation (1991-1993). Over the past twenty years, Bruce has been lead taxpayer counsel in fifteen private letter rulings obtained from the IRS National Office, and has helped author several federal tax provisions of interest to our clients.

In addition to his regular legal practice, Bruce has consulted as an expert with both the IRS and private parties on various specialized tax issues, including the tax treatment of condemnations and audit procedures.

In recognition of his scholarship within the tax field, Bruce was elected in 1995 as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. As of January 1, 2005, there were less than 650 such Fellows in the entire country.

Bruce is admitted to practice only in the states of Washington and Alaska.

September 5, 1954
Polk County, Iowa
Admitted to Practice:  
1979 - Washington State
2000 - Alaska
1976 - Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College
1979 - Juris Doctorate, The University of Washington
1980 - Master of Laws in Taxation, New York University
1990 to Present - Sorensen & Edwards, P.S. (Principal)
Seattle, Washington
1984 to 1990 - Mackin, Sorensen, et al. (Principal)
Seattle, Washington
1982 to 1984 - Bassett, Morrison, et al. (Associate)
Seattle, Washington
1980 to 1982 - Law Clerk to the Honorable Shiro Kashiwa
Associate Judge, United States Court of Claims
Washington, D.C.
Professional Memberships:  
American College of Tax Counsel
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
Washington State Bar Association
Alaska State Bar Association
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit
United States Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
United States Tax Court
United States Court of International Trade
Yakima Indian Nation Tribal Court
Washington State Supreme Court
Alaska State Supreme Court
Adopted Member, Coho Raven Clan,
Tlingit Indian Nation, Sitka, Alaska

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