Michael Heaton is a director in the Austin office and part of the State and Local Tax Services service line. He has 30 years of property tax experience in the utility sector, which includes 21 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. His experience includes valuation analysis, property tax appeals, negotiations, litigation support and testimony before state boards and courts.
Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Michael was the director of property tax for Sprint Nextel Corporation, where he was responsible for directing all property tax department policies, practices and procedures. During his 20 years at Sprint, Michael was involved in the merger of Nextel and numerous affiliates into Sprint as well as the spinoff of the local telephone companies owned by Sprint. Prior to Sprint Nextel Corporation, Michael was the assistant director of the Complex Property division of the Texas State Property Tax Board (SPTB). He was responsible for directing the valuation activities of the SPTB’s utility, mineral and commercial valuation sections. Prior to the SPTB, Michael was a property tax specialist for the Nebraska Department of Revenue. He was responsible for the evaluation of utility companies and providing testimony before the state board on valuation issues.
Michael received his B.A. in accounting and finance from the University of Nebraska and has completed numerous IAAO, SREA, AIRA and IPT courses. He is also a past Planning Committee member at Wichita State, former secretary, vice president, president and director of NAPTR – TEC; member of the Associates Member Committee of IAAO and a member of IPT and BTI.