“As a young attorney, opportunities for growth are crucial to me. I chose Taylor English because the firm’s emphasis on professional and business development is unlike anything I’ve seen in other law firms.”
At Taylor English, Gerika Kelly focuses on representing and defending her clients in their tax controversy matters at the federal and state level. In the firm’s tax division, she assists clients with responding to audits, filing requests for relief from collection activity, and litigating deficiency cases in the federal and state tribunals. Intrigued by the original Perry Mason shows at eight years old, she declared that one day she, too, would become an attorney. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management in 2010, Ms. Kelly chose the city of Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her legal career.
Initially, Ms. Kelly’s career interests rested in entertainment law, until she began working for a personal injury firm in 2016, which redirected her focus to civil litigation. A year later, she received her first taste of tax law through the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Georgia State University College of Law. At that point, she knew she had found her niche.
As an extern with the Chief Counsel's Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Ms. Kelly worked for the Large Business and International Division (LB&I) as well as the Small Business and Self-Employed Division (SB/SE). For the LB&I Division, in cases concerning large corporations, partnerships, LLCs and international business entities, she examined relevant tax laws and regulations to answer complex legal issues. In the SB/SE division, she received a memorable opportunity to represent the IRS before the United States Tax Court in arguing a motion to dismiss in a case where an individual taxpayer filed a petition to dispute federal tax liabilities.
Additionally, Ms. Kelly enjoys pro bono work resolving landlord-tenant issues for low-income tenants in Atlanta, and has provided assistance in multiple volunteer cases through Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Saturday Lawyer Program since 2015. She is a registered mediator in the State of Georgia, and has mediated landlord-tenant cases in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County. In addition to all of her professional endeavors, she continues to stay involved in her church, Elizabeth Baptist Church, which sets the foundation for her life. As a natural lover of the arts, including music and theater, she thoroughly enjoys the live music scene in Atlanta.
State Bar of Georgia, Tax Law Section
Gate City Bar Association
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
American Bar Association
Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Saturday Lawyer Program
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Eviction Answer Clinic