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, 2022.

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 serves as 2018-19 Chair of 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 has been active with the American Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee.  

He also serves as a member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is an active member and Treasurer of the Tax Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  In 2013, Judge Cole received the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association's Outstanding Service Award for work to increase indigent defense funding. Cade has also served as a member of Senator Cassidy's vetting committee for Federal Judicial Nominations in Louisiana.

He has served as Magistrate Judge of the DeQuincy City Court, Vinton Town Attorney, and Sulphur City 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 in Lake Charles. He is admitted to the bar in Louisiana and Florida, and has practiced in state and federal courts in Louisiana, federal courts in Texas, 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 J. "Jay" Lobrano, a lifelong resident of Plaquemines Parish, was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to be a member of the Board of Tax Appeals in April 2016. for a term expiring February 1, 2020.

Since 2001, Board Member Lobrano has been certified as 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 School of Law in 1993, where he was one of six recipients of the New York University Tax Law Review scholarship and served as a graduate editor of the New York University Tax Review in the Fall 1992/Spring of 1993.

Board Member Lobrano is a 1991 graduate of the Tulane School of Law, having received his J.D. magna cum laude, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as an associate editor of the Tulane Law Review.  During his time at Tulane Law School, he obtained the award for the highest performance in Constitutional Law and Civil Law Property. He is also a graduate of Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business, receiving a B.S.M with a concentration in accounting in 1988, where he was a member of the Beta Alpa Psi accounting honor society. 

After graduating law school, Board Member Lobrano served as a Law Clerk to Justice Walter Marcus of the Louisiana Supreme Court for the 1991-1992 year before entering the private practice.  He and his wife, the Honorable Joyce Cossich Lobrano, Judge on the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit, maintained the firm of Lobrano & Lobrano for over 20 years until Judge Lobrano’s election to the bench in 2008, at which point he continued his practice through the firm of the Law Office of Francis J. Lobrano.  In 2016, Board Member Lobrano joined the firm of Carver Darden in New Orleans as a partner and heads the firm’s tax section, and currently practices in the Carver Darden Belle Chasse and New Orleans offices.  

Jay and his wife Joy have a son and a daughter and reside in Belle Chasse. 

 

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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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