BOARD MEMBERS

Chairman Graphia

Judge Anthony J. "Tony" Graphia has served as Chairman of the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals since January 2013, he was first appointed to the Board by Governor Jindal in 2009. His current term expires February 1, 2018.

Chairman Graphia was formerly Chief Judge of the East Baton Rouge Family Court, where he served from 1979 to 1996.

A native of Baton Rouge, Graphia is a distinguished graduate of the LSU Law Center, where the Judge Anthony J. & JoAnn Graphia Professorship has been named in his honor.

He and his wife, JoAnn Ribes Graphia, have four children and seven grandchildren.


Vice-Chairman Cole

Cade R. Cole was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Board of Tax Appeals in January 2013. His current term expires February 1, 2020. He coordinated the effort to bring historic reforms to the Board, including the expansion of its jurisdiction to local sales tax cases. In June 2014, Cade was unanimously selected as the first Judge of the Local Tax Division by its nominating committee.

Vice-Chairman Cole is a Board Certified Specialist in Tax Law by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He was recently appointed to the Board of Legal Specialization's Tax Law Certification Advisory Commission.

Cade serves on the planning committee of the National Conference of State Tax Judges, and as the American Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee's liason to the National Conference of State Tax Judges.  He also serves as a member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and in 2013 Judge Cole received the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association's Outstanding Service Award for work to increase indigent defense funding.

He has served as Magistrate Judge of the DeQuincy City Court, Vinton Town Attorney.  He is also a former member of the Louisiana Serve Commission, having been appointed by Governor Mike Foster.

He is a graduate of the Tulane School of Law, where he obtained the award for highest performance in Obligations II, Income Tax, and Energy Regulation.

After law school, Vice-Chairman Cole served as a Law Clerk to Justice Jeannette Knoll of the Louisiana Supreme Court before entering private practice with Sigler & Raglin in Lake Charles. He is admitted to the bar in Louisiana and Florida, and has practiced in state and federal courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Tax Court.

He and his wife, Rebekah, have two sons and two daughters, and reside in Lake Charles. Mrs. Cole is a Chemical Engineer in Lake Charles, is active in community causes and is a member of the Louisiana Judicial Compensation Commission. 


Board Member Lobrano

Francis "Jay" Lobrano was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to be a member of the Board of Tax Appeals in April 2014. for a term expiring February 1, 2020.

Mr. Lobrano is a Board Certified Specialist in Tax Law by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He received his L.L.M in Taxation from New York University. 

Jay is a graduate of the Tulane School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and obtained the award for highest performance in Constitutional Law and Civil Law Property. He was also a graduate of Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business receiving a B.S.M with a concentration in accounting. 

After law school, Board Member Lobrano served as a Law Clerk to Justice Walter Marcus of the Louisiana Supreme Court before entering private practice with Hickey & Riess in New Orleans. He is managed the Law Office of Francis J. Lobrano, LLC for many years. Jay is currrently a Partner at Carver Darden, and he works in both New Orleans and Belle Chase.

Jay's wife, the Hon. Joy Cossich Lobrano, is a Judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. They have a son and a daughter and reside in Belle Chase. 

 

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WHO WE ARE

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The Board is an independent quasi-judicial entity that comprises three attorney members who are tax law experts appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

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OUR GOAL

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It is our top priority to provide taxpayers with an equitable, expeditious, and cost effective forum for the review of their appeals.

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WHAT WE DO

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The Board hears and decides appeals filed by taxpayers who have received adverse decisions from the Louisiana Department of Revenue or a Local Sales Tax Collector. The Board is not involved with property taxes.

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