Charles A. Trost

For almost 40 years, businesses have entrusted their tax matters to Charlie Trost. A consummate tax lawyer with an affable manner, Charlie has well earned his reputation as a leading authority on a variety of tax-related issues including:

  • State and local tax litigation
  • Government relations regarding tax matters
  • Tax incentives for industrial siting and corporate relocations
  • State and local taxes

In 2010, Charlie served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue which collects state's tax revenue and enforces state tax laws. 

For over 20 years, Best Lawyers has recognized Charlie for his work in the area of Tax and Trusts & Estate Law. In 2011, State Tax Notes named Charlie as one of the Top 10 Tax Lawyers in the country. Business Tennessee has also repeatedly listed Charlie as one of the Top 101 Lawyers in Tennessee.


Representative Tax Cases

  • General Care Corporation v. Olsen, 705 S.W.2d 642 (Tenn. 1986)
  • Newsweek, Inc. v. Celauro, 789 S.W.2d 247 (Tenn. 1990)
  • Southern Living, Inc. v. Celauro, 789 S.W.2d 251 (Tenn. 1990)
  • Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P. v. Huddleston, 795 S.W.2d 669 (Tenn. 1990)


  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Tennessee Uniform Law Commissioner, 1997-Present
  • Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 2005-2015
  • Trustee, Uniform Law Foundation
  • Member, State and Local Tax Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association
  • Reporter and Draftsman, ULC Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act
  • Member, American Law Institute, 1997-2009
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation, Nashville Bar Foundation and the Uniform Law Foundation
  • Member, Board of Emeritus Directors of the Paul Hartman State and Local Tax Forum
  • Former Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Tax Section of the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Former Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Tax Committee of the Nashville Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, Probate Committee and Probate Rules Subcommittee of the Nashville Bar Association
  • Former President, Maury County Bar Association, 1970
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator

Other Affiliations

  • Professor of Law, Belmont University College of Law, 2012-present
  • Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Revenue, 2010-2011
  • Professor of Law, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL,1974-1981
  • Partner, Courtney, Trost, Leech & Hardin, Columbia, TN, 1964-1974
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William E. Miller, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1963-1964


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

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1963
  • Tennessee, 1964

Up Close

Charlie has the joy of having three children and six grandchildren who live in Nashville. He and his wife, Amie, took all six grandchildren on a Disney Cruise from Copenhagen to coastal towns in Norway in the summer of 2015. When not beaming with pride at a recital or ball game, Charlie enjoys spending time in his country home just outside Nashville. He also looks forward to days spent gardening, fishing, or golfing.