The Best Lawyers in America 2023 and

New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers 2022

  • Corporate - advice on stock and asset reorganizations, divisive reorganizations, formation and liquidation of corporations, reallocation of income, constructive dividends, accumulated earning taxes, S corporation status, deduction for reasonable compensation, employment taxes.

  • Partnerships - allocation of income, deductions, tax credits, formation, operating distributions, liquidations, opinions on tax status of partnerships.

  • Foreign Taxation - advice to foreign investors on tax consequences of investment in the U.S.; application of U.S. and foreign tax treaties; application of subpart F to controlled foreign corporations; outbound transfers to foreign affiliates; intercompany pricing; U.S. withholding on outbound transfers; foreign tax credits.

  • Exempt Organizations - tax issues relating to exempt status of charitable organizations, related exempt foundations, (including reorganization of tax exempt organizations); private inurement issues; charitable annuity and unitrusts, pooled income funds, advice on charitable giving.

  • State and Local Taxation - advice and litigation relating to state and local income, franchise and sales and use taxes, gross receipt taxes, ad valorem taxes.

  • Audit and Litigation - representation before the IRS, Louisiana Department of Revenue and tax litigation in Federal and state courts.

  • Estate Planning - All aspects of Federal and Louisiana estate and gift tax planning, including preparation of wills and trusts; valuation discounts; probate proceedings, estate and gift tax audits and litigation in Federal and state courts

  • Employee Benefits - Design and implementation of qualified plans (pension, profit sharing, target, thrift, ESOP and 401(k), including IRS, DOL and PBGC compliance), deferred and key executive compensation arrangements (excess benefit plans, executive compensation plans, qualified and non-qualified stock options, restrictive property transfers, rabbi, secular trusts, golden parachute payments, split dollar insurance) and welfare plans (self insured and group life, health and disability), tax exempt organizations, professional corporations and partnerships and ERISA litigation (defense of claims asserted against insured and self-insured health and disability plans, qualified plans, breach of fiduciary duty, prohibited transactions, and preemption of state laws).

Hilton S. Bell

Of Counsel



San Antonio, Texas


Boston University School of Law, LLM, Taxation

Tulane University School of Law, J.D.

Tulane University, BA

Bar Admissions



Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of Louisiana

Louisiana Courts of Appeals

Louisiana State District Courts

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana


Louisiana State Bar Association

New Orleans Bar Association

California Bar Association

American Bar Association

New Orleans Estate Planning Council

Association of Employee Benefit Planners

Honors & Activities

Planning Committee, Tulane Tax Institute

Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

The Best Lawyers in America 2022, 2023

(Tax Law, Litigation and Controversy-Tax.Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)

New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers 2022

Formerly: Lecturer, Tulane University School of Law;

Louisiana State Bar Association: Chair, Specialization Board for the Certification of Tax Specialist; Chair Section of Taxation; President, Northshore Estate Planning Council