Kay Miller Hobart has more than 20 years of experience in state tax controversy matters and tax litigation at all levels of state and federal court. As the former lead tax counsel for the State of North Carolina, she has litigated numerous high profile, complex multimillion-dollar cases before the North Carolina Business Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, including the landmark decisions in A&F Trademark v. Tolson and Wal-Mart Stores East v. Hinton.
Kay has served as North Carolina correspondent for State Tax Notes since 2000 and is currently a regular columnist for the publication. She has been asked to serve on various commissions to modernize and reform North Carolina’s tax system, including the Governor’s Commission to Modernize State Finances and former Governor Jim Hunt’s Institute for Emerging Issues Financing the Future task force. She is a frequent speaker at national seminars on state and local taxation, including Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced State and Local Tax Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School’s Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, she served as special deputy attorney general for the North Carolina Department of Justice, leading the team of attorneys representing the state’s Department of Revenue. In that role, she gained extensive experience with all major tax schedules and the operations and practices of the North Carolina Department of Revenue. She has participated in the development and drafting of the state’s tax legislation and advised the Revenue Secretary and high-level state officials on matters of tax law and policy. She is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.