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Charles Trost


Prior to joining Belmont University College of Law, Professor Trost served as the Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Tennessee. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he was a partner with the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, where his practice focused on state tax litigation. He continues his affiliation with Waller Lansden as Senior Counsel in the Tax Group.

Before joining Waller Lansden, Professor Trost was Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law where he taught several tax courses, Business Organizations, Wills and Trusts, Law and Medicine, and Legal Ethics. He has also taught as a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. Before entering teaching he practiced in Columbia, Tennessee, with Courtney, Trost, Leech & Hardin. After graduating from law school he served as law clerk to the late Hon. William Miller, U.S. District Judge of the Middle District of Tennessee.

Professor Trost is a member of the Alabama and Tennessee Bars, a Life Member of the Uniform Law Commission, and has been a Tennessee Uniform Law Commissioner since 1997. He was the Reporter Draftsman of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. He serves the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws as its Treasurer and as a member of its Executive Committee. He is a coauthor of Hartman & Trost, Federal Limitations on State and Federal Taxation, 2d (Thomson West). He is a Trustee of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and serves as a member of the Board of The Land Trust for Tennessee.

Professor Trost teaches Estate & Gift Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, State and Local Taxation, Corporate and Partnership Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Business Associations, and International Business Transactions.

Areas of expertise: Tax law, federal tax law, state tax law  


Reporter/Drafter, Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, Uniform Law Commission (2015).

Hartman & Trost, Federal Limitations on State and Federal Taxation, 2d (Thomson West, 2003).