The North Carolina Bar Association recently announced Robert H. “Rob” Wall (Tau–Wake Forest ’95) as one of nine recipients of the “Citizen Lawyer Award. This award recognizes attorneys who volunteer their time for worthy community or civic causes to improve the quality of life of those in their local or statewide communities, as well as those who serve as role models to other lawyers in service-oriented activities.
Rob is a Tax Partner at Akerman LLP in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and his many leadership roles and volunteer work include serving on the advisory board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Piedmont Triad and the local executive board for Walk to End Alzheimer’s. He serves as the treasurer of his church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Winston-Salem, where he volunteers with an initiative to deliver backpacks to elementary-aged students to address hunger. He is also a member of the Community Impact Team for Akerman’s Winston-Salem office, which is involved in several fundraising and charitable events including the firm’s American Red Cross blood drive. Rob is also a proud member of the RJ Reynolds High School Booster Club and frequently volunteers with the school’s athletic programs and with local youth soccer programs.
Rob focuses his legal practice on representing entities and individuals in complex tax matters. He advises clients on matters related to federal and state tax laws. He advocates on behalf of clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state departments of revenue, including audits and appeals from audit determinations, compliance, collections, and U.S. Tax Court matters. Rob gives his time and leadership to several efforts and organizations, including serving as a member of the North Carolina Pro Bono Society and the North Carolina Bar Association Task Force on Integration, Equity, and Equal Justice.
As an undergraduate, Rob served as Number IX and Number VII of his chapter before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1998. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2002 and his Masters of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Daniels College of Business in 2003.
Since 2015, Rob has served as the Commander of Smith Province (North Carolina). He previously served on the Alumni Advisory Committee of the Kappa chapter at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and as a Deputy Province Commander of Smith Province. He has been inducted into the Smith and Hamilton Courts of Honor. He is a member of the Loyal Order and a 9-year member of the KAOEF’s Crimson & Gold Society.
Rob is married to Elizabeth, and they have two sons, Haywood and Rustin.