Don't Try to Tell Elizabeth Crouse Tax Law Isn't Fun
Discovery with Elizabeth Crouse
Published in 2019 Washington Super Lawyers magazine
on June 24, 2019
Updated on July 15, 2019
My nickname is … The Fun One, as in The Fun Tax Lawyer. No, really. We exist.
If you were in my office, you’d … drown in the alphabet soup of OZs, FATCA, CRS, ITC, PTC
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I have a rural noir/thriller featuring a bad-ass, complicated female veteran protagonist on query at publishers. Fingers crossed for Little Falls!
The qualities I most like in a lawyer are … practicality and business sense.
I almost quit the law because … I hadn’t found tax (and Professor Doug Kahn) yet. Hi, Doug!
The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Citizens United. There’s nothing worse than bad law.
My fictional hero is … Hermione Granger. Girl gets it done.
My real-life hero is … Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My younger daughter is named for her.
The lawyer I’d most like to meet is … Marty Ginsburg. He was an awesome tax lawyer and cook. And hilarious. (No, really. Fun tax lawyers DO exist.)
I get annoyed when … clients want tax to drive their business. It’s a business, not a tax return!
On my best day I … write 1,000 words of my next novel.
On weekends I … chase my 3-year-old at the park and take ridiculous numbers of pictures of my baby. Oh, and bill.
The movie line I quote most often is … “It’s not a toomah!”—Kindergarten Cop
The book I just don’t get is … Lean In. Sandberg makes some great points, but the book is too narrow. What Works for Women at Work is my go-to for a pragmatic and holistic discussion about the choices women make and the challenges we face.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Detectorists.
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Sir Terry (Pratchett)!
Nothing cheers me up like … archaeology magazines and baby hugs.
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … my colleague Elisabeth Yandell McNeil. It would be called E2 Energy because we lead KLG’s Women in Power initiative.
My favorite word is … dude. I’m a child of the ’80s …
I couldn’t do it without … my husband—he’s super-supportive and patient—and the rest of our tax group at KLG. I couldn’t ask for better colleagues and mentors.