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Stanley L. Blend

Senior Counsel
fax +1 210.258.2730

Stanley L. Blend assists clients in federal income and estate tax planning matters, with emphasis on partnership, limited liability company and real estate tax planning, federal income and estate tax controversy and mergers and acquisitions negotiations.

He structures creative real estate exchanges to defer taxes and plans numerous acquisitions in which personal goodwill is involved, which results in capital gains. Stanley also advises families on management succession issues and asset protection.

In the controversy arena, Stanley has tried and won several tax cases on behalf of taxpayers in the United States Tax Court. Stanley has served as an expert witness on federal tax issues in a number of federal tax controversies. He has published numerous articles and spoken on numerous occasions, principally on tax- related subjects for various groups, including but not limited to, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and various tax institutes.

Stanley is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, 1971, Taxation
J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1967
B.A., Tulane University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1964


Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation and Controversy – Tax (2011-2024), Tax Law (1983-2024) by Best Lawyers

Named as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters (2003-2015)

Listed among the Best Tax Law and Estate Planning Attorneys by San Antonio Scene Magazine (2004-2011, 2013)

Named as an Outstanding Lawyer Award Winner in the area of Tax by San Antonio Business Journal (2010)

Awarded the Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer award by the State Bar of Texas Section of Taxation (2009)

Named among Top 50 Central/West Texas Super Lawyers List by Thomson Reuters (2003-2004)


American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Vice Chair (2002-2004), Chair-Elect (2006-2007), Chair (2007-2008)

Council Director (1999-2002), Partnership Tax Committee, Past Chair

State Bar of Texas, Section of Taxation, Council Member, Secretary (1984-1985), Treasurer (1985-1986)Chair (1987-1988)

The University of Texas School of Law, Taxation Conference Planning Committee (1980-present)

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Honorary Member (1996- present)

Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, Member (1989-1995)

San Antonio Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, Honorary Member (1995- present)

American College of Tax Counsel, Member

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

  • “UPDATE: Should Your Business Have a Captive Insurance Company?” Strasburger Tax Strategies (March 2016)
  • Co-author. “Recent Developments In Federal Estate Tax,” Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants – Advanced Estate Planning Conference (2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “Qualified Opportunity Zones,” Clark Hill’s Tax Symposium (November 2019)
  • Customs Brokering/International Tax, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (November 2017)
  • Oil & Gas Update, Rio Grande Valley Chapter of CPAs (October 2014)
  • Texas Taxation Update, Rio Grande Valley Chapter of CPAs (October 2014)
  • Taxation of Oil & Gas Interests, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)
  • The Medicare Contribution Tax, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)
  • Texas Taxation Update, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)