Charlie Trost

A recognized authority on tax issues

For almost 40 years, businesses have entrusted their tax matters to Charlie Trost. A consummate tax lawyer with an affable manner, he has well earned his reputation as a leading authority on a variety of tax-related issues. In 2010, Charlie served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue which collects state's tax revenue and enforces state tax laws. 


  • LL.M (Taxation), New York University, 1974
  • J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 1963
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1960

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Alabama


The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)

  • Tax Law (1989-2019)
  • Trusts and Estates (1989-2019)

State Tax Notes

  • Named as one of the Top 10 Tax Lawyers in the country in 2011

Professional Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Tennessee Uniform Law Commissioner, 1997-Present

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Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, 1992-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors of The Land Trust for Tennessee, 2000-2014
  • Member, Metropolitan Employee Benefit Board, Nashville-Davidson County, 2005-2006

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