Career Spotlight: Hillary Green
Green, who attended Loyola University in New Orleans and got her J.D. at St. Thomas School of Law in Miami, realized that she loved tax law so much that she wanted a job where she could really focus on just tax law.
“Tax law was my favorite class in law school and I wanted to go somewhere where I could get the best education for it,” Green said. “It came down to either NYU or UF, and I chose UF because of the combination of its reputation and its great location.”
Green is now busy living her dream working at Ernst & Young LLP in New York. She gets to focus on tax-related issues, which is something she may not have been able do at a big law firm, she said.
“I work in the Transaction Advisory Services department, which means I assist in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including assisting our clients with structuring, tax due diligence and representing our clients before the IRS, for example writing private letter rulings,” she said.
The environment and the people really make a difference at her company because of the time people get to spend together, she said.
“It’s been a really positive experience at Ernst & Young LLP because it’s very people first and puts on activities outside of work,” Green said. “We have a great training program as well where you get to shadow older employees for three months, and follow them around to meetings, projects and anything else that they’re doing.”
In her office Green runs into UF Law alums all the time, which makes for a fun atmosphere, she said.
“Right now we have two people who got their LL.M.s from UF in the office, and there’s also a bunch of people who got their undergrad degrees at UF as well,” Green said. “Everyone really likes it up here and we’re trying to get back to Gainesville and recruit more Gators.”
For students who want to do tax-related law, Green highly suggests getting an LL.M. because of the special focus if gives to aspects of tax law.
“I would really suggest getting an LL.M. because it teaches you how to really interpret case history, statutes and all the other basics,” she said. “Learning the basics of tax law and how to read and understand the internal revenue code are very important skills to have when specializing in tax work, both of which are taught at UF’s LL.M. tax program.”
Green suggests students go check out job fairs to see all the internships that are out there.
“Internships are a good way to get your foot in the door, and every year during the summer Ernst & Young has internships available,” she said. “Go to job fairs as well, that’s where I found out about the job I have right now.”