Bruce N. Edwards

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.

After his federal appellate clerkship ended in 1982, Bruce joined Mike Sorensen in private practice in Seattle. Over the years, Bruce has written extensively in the tax field. Since 1985, Bruce has been an author for the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) which is now known as Bloomberg BNA.   The Portfolios within the Tax Management Series that Bruce has authored include “Involuntary Conversions,” “Timber Transactions,” and “Tax Implications of Home Ownership.” A fourth Portfolio, “Income Taxation of Indians (Including Alaska Natives,” is in the final publication process, with an estimated release date of late 2018.  

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. Over the past quarter century, Bruce has been lead taxpayer counsel in over twenty private letter rulings obtained from the IRS National Office, and has helped author several federal statutory provisions of interest to our clients.

Bruce has also written several articles on tax matters, including two for the Alaska Law Review on the topic of Alaska Native Settlement Trusts.  These are “Understanding and Making the New Section 646 Election for Alaska Native Settlement Trusts,” 18 Alaska Law Review 219 (Duke University 2001) and an upcoming article, “The 2017 Tax Act and Settlement Trusts,” ___ Alaska Law Review ___ (Duke University 2018). 

In addition to his regular legal practice, Bruce served as an Editor for the New York-published Journal of Taxation for three years (1991-1993).  Bruce consults as well as an expert for both the IRS and private parties on various specialized tax issues, including American Indian/Alaska Native issues, timber transactions, appraisal matters and IRS audit procedures and resolutions.

In recognition of his scholarship within the tax field, Bruce was elected in 1995 as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Membership in the College is limited to a nationwide maximum of 700 members.

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


Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College
Juris Doctorate, The University of Washington
Master of Laws in Taxation, New York University

Admitted to Practice

Washington State

Law Firms

  • Seattle, Washingtion
    • Current
      • Sorensen & Edwards, P.S. (Principal)
    • Former
      • Mackin, Sorensen, et al. (Principal)
      • Bassett, Morrison, et al. (Associate)
  • Washington, DC
    • Former
      • Law Clerk to the Honorable Shiro Kashiwa,Associate Judge, United States Court of Claims

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

Additional Honors

Adopted Member, Coho Raven Clan,Tlingit Indian Nation, Sitka, Alaska