Ali Andrews is an experienced Tax attorney with a primary focus on handling state and local tax disputes, state tax audits, unemployment tax matters, equal taxation, and multi-state tax planning. Ali also provides litigation expertise, having successfully litigated cases involving unemployment benefits, breach of contract, probate, and family law from the trial courts to the Supreme Court of Texas.
Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Ali served as Chief of the Tax Litigation Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. In this role, Ali oversaw all litigation related to state taxes and unemployment issues for the State of Texas. She provided counsel to the Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Workforce Commission on a wide range of matters, including litigation strategies, policy development, rulemaking, and legislation. Additionally, Ali represented the State of Texas in negotiations and interactions with other states.
B.A., magna cum laude, Saint Edward’s University
- Nonfiction and Poetry Editor/Contributor for SEU Literary Journal, Sorin Oak Review
- Technical and Formatting Editor/Contributor, Handbook of Experiential Learning
- Contributor, SEU Admissions Bulletin
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- Notes Editor, Hastings Law Journal
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Harris County Appraisal District v. Texas Workforce Commission, 519 S.W.3d 113 (Tex. 2017). Successfully argued before the Texas Supreme Court that the appraisal district exercised sufficient direction and control over the members of the Appraisal Review Board for the members to be considered employees of the district.
- Best Buy Stores, Inc., through Denucci, et al. v. Hegar, et al., 03-19-00246-CV, 2021 WL 1432313 (Tex. App.–Austin April 16, 2021, reh’g pending) (mem. op.). Prevented a class action sales tax refund suit that would have returned over $9 million in sales taxes to a few assignees rather than the customers who paid the taxes.
- Citgo Petroleum Corp. v. Hegar, et al., 636 S.W.3d 281 (Tex. App.–Austin 2021, pet. filed); Conagra Foods v. Hegar et al., 03-21-0011-CV, Equistar v. Hegar et al., D-1-GN-18-004006. Successfully defended against approximately $25 million in claims that plaintiffs treated sales of commodities futures contracts as inventory for federal income tax purposes and are therefore entitled to certain franchise tax privileges. The Texas Supreme Court is considering the petition for review.
- Hegar, et al., v. EBS Solutions, Inc., 549 S.W.3d 849 (Tex. App.–Austin 2021), rev’d on other grounds. Defended the statutory scheme authorizing tax suits against constitutional challenges. Going en banc sua sponte for the first time in over a decade, the Third Court resolved conflicting case law and confirmed the unavailability of alternate remedies.
- Helping Hand Home for Children – former foster parent and respite provider
- State Bar of Texas
- Barbara Jordan Inn of Court
- Mother Attorneys’ Mentoring Association
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October 3, 2023Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Ali Andrews as senior counsel in the Austin Tax practice. Joining from an international firm, Ali concentrates her practice on handling state and local tax disputes, state tax audits, unemployment tax matters, equal taxation, multi-state tax planning, and other administrative law matters.