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Alicia Miller Buchel
Alicia Miller Buchel

2019 Up & Coming Attorneys: Alicia Miller Buchel

Entrepreneurship runs in Alicia Miller Buchel’s blood. ­The Wisconsinite grew up on her paternal grandfather’s organic dairy farm, down the street from her maternal grandfather’s tire shop. ­Those formative years left a lasting impression. A quarter century on, she remembers when her grandfather committed to taking the farm organic — well before it was popular.

“­That was a really big decision,” she said. Today, as a senior associate at CliftonLarsonAllen, Miller Buchel helps other entrepreneurs navigate equally consequential terrain. Her practice focuses on state and local tax law, a complex domain that’s particularly challenging for smaller enterprises without in-house tax departments.

“I always knew I wanted to serve businesses … [and in law school] came to the realization that tax law was a great way to help small businesses,” she said. Miller Buchel’s clients aren’t all dairy farmers and tire shops. Her recent work includes abating tax penalties or right-sizing assessments for clients importing fine art from Europe, international sports teams playing on U.S. soil, and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Miller Buchel has a reputation as a leader in state and local tax law.

In spite of her demanding schedule and grueling workload, Miller Buchel finds time to give back. She’s an active member of Minnesota Women Lawyers and Worth Our SALT, a group of women state and local tax professionals.

At CLA, where “lots of times I’m the only woman in the room,” she’s a champion and mentor for younger women in the male-dominated accounting industry. She tells mentees to lead with their technical expertise, so that there’s no room for stereotyping. When you’re seen as the expert you are, she said, you’re no different than anyone else around the table.

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