Sidney L. Leasure utilizes her LL.M. in Taxation to serve as counsel to individuals, partnerships, closely held businesses and charitable organizations in all manner of tax-related areas. She addresses clients’ needs in entity formation, real estate transactions, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, sales tax issues, and federal and state tax law.
Leasure also assists clients with their estate planning needs, such as succession planning and the preparation of trusts, wills, healthcare directives and powers of attorney. She advises nonprofit organizations in applying for, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status.
Before joining WLJ, Leasure worked for three years in the Tax Accounting Department of Stephens Investments Holdings, researching tax issues and preparing returns for a number of private equity partnerships, trusts, high-net-worth individuals and private foundations.
Leasure was included in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Tax Law.
While earning her LL.M. at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Leasure served as a Graduate Student Editor for the Florida Tax Review. Leasure graduated with honors from the UALR Bowen School of Law, where she was Assistant Managing Editor and later Associate Research Editor of the UALR Law Review. Her article “Teenage Sexting in Arkansas: How Special Legislation Addressing Sexting Behavior in Minors Can Salvage Arkansas’s Teens’ Futures,” 35 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 141 (2013), was published in the UALR Law Review. Leasure was also the Vice President of the student division of the Pulaski County Bar Association.
Leasure is a member of the Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations, as well as the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. She serves as a board member of the Central Arkansas Estate Council. She is also a member of the Junior League of Little Rock, where she has spent most of her time working with the organization’s Stuff the Bus project, which provides school supplies to underserved children in the Little Rock School District.