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Cindy Ohlenforst

Partner and Chair of Women in the Profession Committee
Fax +1.214.939.5849

Ms. Ohlenforst, who received the 2018 Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer award from the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas, has a broad tax practice that involves planning and controversy work around the country. She has extensive experience with state and local taxes, with tax controversy matters, including litigation and administrative proceedings, and with legislative work.

Ms. Ohlenforst frequently works with the energy, technology, broadcasting, transportation, and airline industries, and in addition to her legislative projects in other states, has worked with legislators on drafting multiple provisions of the Texas Tax Code. In addition to chairing the firmwide Women in the Profession Committee, Ms. Ohlenforst serves on the firmwide Diversity Committee.

Ms. Ohlenforst’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • Multistate and federal tax issues, including income tax, sales tax, franchise tax, property tax, hotel tax, and other taxes
  • Controversy and litigation, including work defending against putative class actions by taxing jurisdictions
  • Tax-related legislative and policy projects, including working on draft legislation and testifying before legislative committees
  • Transactions, including contract negotiations, financings and reorganizations


  • Elected Member, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Chambers USA, Texas: Tax, Litigation, 2013 - 2019
  • Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer, 2018
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Tax Lawyer of the Year Award, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2004 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers Women in the Law, 2016 - 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2003 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Tax, D Magazine, 2009 - 2017
  • Top 50 Women Texas, Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Dallas 500 (Top 500 Business Leaders, D Magazine’s Inaugural List (2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate, University of Dallas

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Tax Section and State Tax Committee
    • Past Chair, Tax Section
    • Past Chair, State Tax Committee
    • Past Chair, Committee on Women in the Profession
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Tax Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Participation on advisory committees for multiple Texas Comptrollers of Public Accounts
  • Executive Women's Roundtable Member
  • United Way of Dallas, Advocacy Committee
  • Board of Trustees of Ursuline Academy of Dallas and work with multiple other nonprofit boards (including past board positions with The Housing Crisis Center, The Family Place, and Attitudes & Attire).
  • Leadership Texas Association Alumnae

Speaking Engagements

  • A frequent speaker, Ms. Ohlenforst has spoken at the annual meeting for COST (Council on State Taxation), at ABA meetings, at State Bar Advanced Tax programs, at Texas Society of CPAs meetings, and at multiple other CLE and industry meetings.

Additional Information

  • Graphic Packaging Corporation v. Hegar: Texas’ Single-Factor Franchise Tax Apportionment Remains Mandatory, K&L Gates Tax Alert, January 10, 2018
  • Texas Comptroller Announces Tax Amnesty Program From May 1, 2018 Through June 29, 2018, K&L Gates Tax Alert, January 9, 2018
  • Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District: A Strategic Opportunity?, K&L Gates Tax Alert, March 2, 2017
  • Co-Author of the annual survey of Texas tax law for the SMU Law Review (formerly Southwestern Law Journal) since 1988 - 2017
  • Successful prosecution of contested cases and audits, including multiple multi-million dollar cases involving taxable services, franchise taxes, and other taxes (including representation of travel technology company in multiple ongoing sales and hotel tax disputes in the United States)
  • Representation in legislative and regulatory matters, including for several Fortune 100 companies, in connection with working to draft statutory and regulatory provisions impacting multiple industries, and including sales tax, franchise tax, and property tax legislation (including testifying in favor of new provisions of Texas Tax Code regarding certain aircraft transactions (Chapter 163, Sales and Use Taxation of Aircraft, enacted in 2015).
  • Lead tax counsel in multiple Texas courts for pending property tax litigation regarding power generation assets
  • Planning to restructure businesses to minimize state tax liability
  • Planning for clients involving acquisitions, sales and reorganizations, including of multimillion dollar transactions