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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Top-ranking practice, home to a number of revered luminaries in the field of tax law. Regularly entrusted to handle high-stakes work, including major tax controversy litigation for household-name clients. Possesses notable expertise spanning transfer pricing, international planning and corporate and partnership tax matters. Also advises on tax credits and issues relating to tax-exempt organizations.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very impressive," adding: "They are always responsive and collaborative."

One client notes: "We couldn't be more pleased. They are tremendous. They are very responsive to instructions, and don't over-lawyer things."

Work highlights Assisted Coca-Cola in relation to a multibillion-dollar notice of deficiency served by the IRS. The matter related to the client's transfer pricing over a number of years.

Advised Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners on the tax aspects of a proposed merger with the Williams Companies. The merger was eventually aborted.

Notable practitioners

John Magee is a towering figure in the nationwide tax controversy field. He is best known for his work on high-profile transfer pricing issues, which include the successful representation of Amazon in its highly significant recent US Tax Court dispute. Interviewees give glowing reports of Magee's practice, with one source labeling him "a fabulous go-to guy for transfer pricing issues."

Bill McKee is widely lauded for his preeminent thought leadership in partnership tax. His thriving client practice includes the provision of tax opinions pertaining to highly significant M&A deals. Sources name him "the partnership tax guru in the US."

Celia Roady is identified by clients as a go-to source of advice for issues pertaining to tax-exempt organizations. She acts for clients on a broad range of issues, including strategic investment decisions. Clients say: "She is a standout practitioner - everyone knows her in the charitable sector."

Scott Farmer enjoys a strong reputation among peers for his international tax planning practice. He advises multinationals on internal structuring and transfer pricing relating to US tax law, as well as IRS controversies. One source says: "He's very smart and has a very good command of the technical aspects of international planning."

William Nelson is well regarded as an authoritative figure in the tax world, especially in partnership matters. He represents major clients in litigation and controversy matters. One client notes: "He has always been a preeminent tax attorney and we have found his knowledge and skill very helpful."

Alex Sadler is a recognized expert in research and development tax credits, and is sought out by manufacturing businesses for controversy matters, including US Tax Court litigation. One client says: "He is acknowledged as the foremost authority in the field - he wrote the book on it!"

Sanford Stark is well known to peers in the market for his strong transfer pricing and litigation practice. He regularly represents household names in highly significant disputes. One source says: "For complex controversy matters, he's the one who's going to make sure you get to the finish line."

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

With more than 80 tax lawyers resident in 10 offices across the United States and Europe, our deep bench of tax team members represents clients in virtually all major industries (including technology, consumer products, energy, life sciences, banking/finance, and transportation) and across all aspects of our national tax practice: from controversy and litigation to planning and transactional support. Our tax lawyers are market leaders in a large number of the specialty areas of our broad national tax practice, including transfer pricing, tax controversy, transactional tax matters (such as tax planning and tax structuring), partnership taxation, inbound and outbound international planning, benefits and payroll tax, tax-exempt organizations, state and local tax, and the research and development tax credit.

We represent a full range of clients, including multinational corporations, partnerships, estates, individuals, and tax-exempt organizations. When administrative resolution is not possible, our clients trust us to litigate their most significant disputes, and we have litigated an array of large, complex, cutting-edge tax issues. Our team—which includes former US Department of Justice tax litigators, international tax counsel for the US Department of the Treasury, and IRS Chief Counsel attorneys including an IRS Chief Counsel—brings substantive tax knowledge, strategic insight, and decades of experience to these important matters.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Leading firm with outstanding bench strength and renowned expertise spanning the full spectrum of domestic and international tax matters. Calls on the enviable experience of a number of former IRS in-house attorneys, who provide unrivaled insight into tax planning and controversy. Maintains a covetable client list that includes household-name companies and high-end financial institutions. Trusted to handle some of the most significant matters in the corporate tax sphere, from large M&A deals to headlining transfer pricing litigation.

Strengths Clients say: "They are at the top of the profession in terms of creativity, quality and thoroughness."

Another source relates: "From the top partner to the most junior associate, the expertise is excellent."

Work highlights Successfully represented Amazon.com in a highly significant dispute with the IRS over transfer pricing issues relating to the retailer's European headquarters.

Advised Becton Dickinson on tax issues relating to its $24 billion acquisition of medical technology peer Bard.

Notable practitioners

Fred Goldberg is a highly prominent figure in the tax market - "a real stalwart," according to interviewees. He is well known as the former commissioner of the IRS, and represents corporations in international tax controversy, including transfer pricing disputes.

Paul Oosterhuis enjoys an outstanding reputation as a preeminent practitioner in the tax market nationwide. His practice encompasses a broad range of international tax work, from internal structuring to transfer pricing controversy. One source notes: "He is unquestionably one of the most important thought leaders in the tax policy arena today."

Hal Hicks is widely noted as a formidable tax litigator. He specializes in international tax matters, including foreign tax credits and spinoffs. Clients say: "He's extremely competent and does a good job of tethering you back to what you can really do in terms of risk."

Raj Madan continues to make waves in the field of tax litigation. He operates a leading practice in transfer pricing and international tax issues, acting for US and non-US companies. Clients say: "He knows the issues involved with very sophisticated financial products."

John Williams is a well-known and highly regarded tax litigator. He cultivates a strong client base among companies in a variety of industries, including financial services. Sources note that he offers "very deep knowledge of tax law and regulations, and extensive experience in the area."

Chris Bowers advises an impressive array of heavyweight clients on international tax matters. His expertise spans from transfer pricing to cross-border banking regulation. A client says: "He's a technical genius and an absolute delight to work with - we really found him to be valuable both strategically and for his written work."

The "top-notch" Armando Gomez comes highly recommended as a tax litigator, with expertise in both international and domestic matters. Sources say that he is "truly successful in navigating through even the most complicated of issues while at the same time effectively managing client budgetary constraints."

Jessica Hough enjoys a thriving transactional tax practice, regularly advising on heavyweight M&A deals, including those in the technological and insurance industries. Clients say: "She brings a technical understanding of the issue and provides practical solutions for its resolution."

Eric Sensenbrenner supports major corporate clients on a range of high-value transactions, including cross-border deals. Clients say: "He is excellent for international tax matters."

Alan Swirski is a well-regarded tax litigator. He operates a practice covering a range of domestic and international matters, including foreign tax credit disputes. One client reports that Swirski "did a great job handling all aspects of the litigation," and notes: "His strength is being able to see all sides of an argument."

About the Team (content provided by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates)

The Tax Group at Skadden handles all aspects of tax law in transactions worldwide. Skadden tax lawyers bring years of experience gained in both private practice and in government to each engagement with the goal of creative and value-added tax solutions. Our Tax Group coordinates its efforts with Skadden lawyers in other disciplines to provide a team approach to each client matter.

Skadden’s tax attorneys are experienced in virtually every type of matter that presents significant tax issues. Our tax professionals also have played leading roles in developing creative controversy resolutions, such as global settlements, fast-track appeals settlements, prefiling agreements and similar expedited resolution strategies. If litigation is required, the firm has well-known senior tax litigators experienced in substantial tax controversies.

The firm ranked #1 for tax in Vault’s Law 100 Rankings from 2010-2018, every year since the rankings’ inception. Skadden received two awards at the 2016 International Tax Review Americas Awards. We were named among Law360’s Tax Groups of 2016 and ranked as a top-tier firm by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017, Chambers Global 2017 and International Tax Review’s World Transfer Pricing 2017. The Tax Group and its members also are repeatedly named as leaders in their field in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Europe and Legal 500.

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Baker McKenzie - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded firm with an international reach that remains a popular choice for advice on the tax aspects of high-profile cross-border matters. Distinguished M&A and transfer pricing practice that also offers a wealth of expertise in global tax controversy.

Strengths Sources say: "They have a deep bench, with excellent people, and are active in a broad variety of tax matters."

Notable practitioners

Mary Bennett is a highly regarded international tax lawyer. She is known for her transfer pricing expertise, with one market observer describing her as "a leader in her field."

Carol Dunahoo is an impressive practitioner who is recommended for her handling of international tax matters, including transfer pricing and tax treaties.

Duane Webber is well regarded as a litigator in international tax matters. He is known for his work on significant transfer pricing disputes.

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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Stellar tax boutique best known for its proficiency in handling litigation work for financial services firms. Strong reputation in areas including transfer pricing, tax controversy and deal structuring. Extensive in-house government experience among its highly renowned team of lawyers.

Strengths Clients say: "Every lawyer at Caplin is absolutely top shelf, professionally and personally - they are great lawyers and great people. They are experienced in every facet of tax-related examination, investigation or prosecution."

Work highlights Represented five Swiss banks in relation to their involvement in the US Department of Justice's program for resolution of potential criminal liabilities.

Represented AIG in a high-value claim for interest on tax overpayment, in view of the implications of complex interest netting rules from various sources.

Notable practitioners

David Rosenbloom is widely praised for his long career as a luminary in the international tax space. He is regularly sought out as a commentator by industry sources, and continues to advise clients in a range of jurisdictions worldwide. "He is THE go-to for certain international tax issues," reports one impressed observer.

Scott Michel is "an exceptional individual and an outstanding tax lawyer" whose litigation practice exhibits a particular focus on controversies surrounding undisclosed foreign bank accounts and foreign assets. He receives warm praise from clients, with one interviewee reporting that "the search for innovative solutions to the most difficult tax problems begins and ends with Scott."

Christopher Rizek's client base includes financial bodies and high-profile individuals. He is well regarded as a strong litigator, handling issues including contested refunds and employee benefits. A client says: "He's just a really great controversy attorney - he has an excellent understanding of the procedural aspects of the revenue code and a really good feel for how to deal with an IRS examination."

Sources consider the "always impressive" Patricia Lewis to be "a very effective transfer pricing professional." She is a respected practitioner in international tax law, known chiefly for her transfer pricing expertise. She advises large multinationals on contentious issues.

Charles Ruchelman focuses on tax disputes, acting for companies and individuals. He regularly handles high-value controversies relating to transfer pricing and income tax issues. "His strengths include the ability to speak about the law in layman's terms, strong follow-through and an unbelievable attention to detail," comments one observer.

About the Team (content provided by Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered)

Caplin & Drysdale has broad experience advising and representing public companies, other business entities and their principals in tax planning and controversy matters. The firm’s areas of substantive tax experience relevant to these entities include corporate tax, partnership tax, subchapter S, the taxation of regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts, the taxation of insurance companies and products, tax accounting, financial products, payroll and other withholding taxes.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for A successful practice with great bench strength and a depth of talent that features a number of former government officials. Advises an impressive client list of household names, including multinational companies and major sports leagues. Regularly undertakes high-level work across controversy and transfer pricing, as well as international structuring and planning. Notable strength in transactional matters, including dispositions and asset sales.

Strengths Sources say: "They have been outstanding in both technical tax strength and service quality."

Commentators also reports "They are responsive and incredibly knowledgeable - top-notch for their depth of understanding."

Work highlights Advised Weyerhaeuser on all US tax issues relating to the $2.2 billion disposition of its cellular fiber business to International Paper.

Represented Allergan on income tax aspects of its disposition by step transaction to Teva.

Notable practitioners

Robert Culbertson operates an impressive practice in international tax, encompassing partnership, joint venture and corporate structuring issues, as well as controversy. Clients describe him as "very user-friendly, creative and very experienced, with a good sense of humor."

Michael Caballero continues to forge an impressive profile among market sources, who highlight him as an "impressive advocate," with some noting his recent experience in the US Treasury. He advises on transactional and controversy matters, as well as international policy issues. A client says: "He really knows how the government thinks and the cutting-edge issues."

Dan Luchsinger is noted as an excellent source of advice on both transactional and planning matters, and controversies, including cross-border issues. His clients include technology companies and REITs. "He offers outstanding legal analysis and judgment, is creative and is a great business partner," reports one impressed client.

The "tremendous" Samuel Maruca is respected for his transfer pricing expertise, which draws on significant experience in-house with the IRS. He advises corporate clients on contentious and noncontentious international tax issues.

Emin Toro enjoys a solid controversy practice, with a focus on tax credit issues. He is popular with clients, who note his excellent communication skills; one interviewee observes: "He is one of the clearest thinkers I have come across - he brings a real sense of empathy and understanding."

Market sources increasingly point to Sean Akins as an outstanding legal mind and an innovative litigator. His focus lies in federal tax controversy and litigation. Market sources say: "He will be leading the profession in ten years. His really deep knowledge base allows him to come up with all kinds of creative attacks and tactical moves."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice held in high regard for complex tax planning and structuring advice, with extensive cross-border expertise. Acts for high-profile organizations, including financial institutions, investment firms and Fortune 500 companies, on matters such as M&A and spinoff transactions. Additional proficiency in advising on the formation of investment funds and bankruptcy restructuring.

Strengths A client describes the team as "extremely knowledgeable, outside-the-box thinkers," adding: "They are respectful, but easygoing, and fight fiercely on our behalf."

Another says: "They are incredibly clear, and able to distill very complex advice concerning tax regulations all over the world, allowing us to make decisions quickly."

Work highlights Advised Sinclair Broadcast Group on the $3.8 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, as well as the associated assumption of billions of dollars in net debt.

Acted for Knight Transportation in relation to its significant all-stock merger agreement with Swift Transportation Company.

Notable practitioners

Alan Kaden comes highly recommended by clients, who view him as a go-to source of advice on tax aspects of corporate transactions. He routinely acts on high-stakes, complex matters, ranging from billion-dollar acquisitions to bankruptcy restructuring. A client says: "He is really responsive at any time, including the middle of the night, and has the knowledge to explain things in a comprehensive manner."

Michael Alter enjoys a very impressive following among top corporate clients. He advises on heavyweight M&A, with additional focus on the tax aspects of restructurings and securities offerings. Clients say: "He is a top-notch guy. He is practical and he understands his clients' needs."

Michelle Gold is a well-regarded transactional tax lawyer. She focuses on tax aspects of the formation of funds, advising a number of significant players in the financial services sector. Sources say: "She is very thorough and a great drafter - she gives very clear, concise and actionable advice."

Associate Reid Thompson assists clients with the tax aspects of major M&A deals. Sources say that he is "an outside-the-box thinker" who is "relentless in pursuit of the best solution."

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The practice encompasses all principal forms of corporate transactions, including M&A and dispositions, spin-offs, and joint ventures. It includes hedge fund and private equity fund formations, tax issues associated with financings, including borrower, lender and capital markets representations, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and international tax planning matters. 


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Latham & Watkins LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded tax group with an excellent reputation for tax controversy work. Also offers expertise in international tax planning and structuring matters on behalf of an impressive list of multinational corporations, with particular strength in heavyweight cross-border transactional work, as well as fund formation.

Strengths One observer attests: "Their advice is always precise and to the point, and they are willing to act as partner in transactions and be your voice in negotiations."

Another interviewee comments on the attorneys' depth of knowledge: "Their in-depth knowledge in their tax specialty fields is always impressive."

Work highlights Advised FMC Technologies on its merger of equals with French marine engineering company Technip, via the EU cross-border merger regime.

Initiated US Tax Court litigation for Weyerhaeuser, contesting the IRS characterization of a joint venture transaction as a disguised sale.

Notable practitioners

Described by one source as a "rockstar," Miriam Fisher's reputation is widespread as a top-notch tax litigator. She cultivates an impressive client base in industries including entertainment, representing both companies and high-profile individuals in high-stakes controversies. One source describes her as "one of the leading lights of the tax controversy Bar and an accomplished trial attorney."

Nicholas DeNovio is highly rated as a transactional tax practitioner, with significant expertise in cross-border matters. He advises on issues including M&A deals and spinoffs, especially those involving companies with operations outside the USA. Clients say: "He brings over 30 years of international tax experience, and is very knowledgeable and articulate. He provides sound, practical advice to help clients manage risks."

Jean Pawlow is regarded by market sources as a strong litigator in the tax space. She focuses on advising financial institutions on complex disputes. Market observers name her "a very smart and very capable tax controversy lawyer."

Cheryl Coe's impressive transactional practice encompasses issues including heavyweight M&A and fund formation. Clients say: "She is very organized and very good at pushing forward large, complicated transactions."

Brian McManus focuses his practice on tax litigation, representing companies and individuals on a range of high-value tax disputes. Clients say: "He provides excellent client service and is able to pivot between technical and procedural issues with ease. He can explain even the most difficult concepts clearly and convincingly."

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Active practice group, advising on the tax planning aspects of high-value real estate and corporate transactions. Also noted for expertise in high-level cross-border work such as transfer pricing, as well as high-stakes tax court litigation. Impressive client base across a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, technology and manufacturing.

Strengths One observer reports: "They are excellent on technical depth, practical insights and client focus. They are available and accessible anywhere, at any time."

Another interviewee adds: "They are outstanding in matters of tax controversy."

Work highlights Represented Illinois Tool Works in a US tax court litigation regarding debt equity issues, as well as significant questions surrounding the repatriation of cash from foreign subsidies.

Advised Luxembourg-based investment fund JAB Holding Company on tax aspects of its billion-dollar acquisition of Krispy Kreme.

Notable practitioners

Philip McCarty advises a number of large companies on transactional and advisory tax matters at state, federal and international level. Clients say: "He is unparalleled in his depth and breadth of experience - a truly great adviser."

James Riedy's practice centers on advice relating to transfer pricing and international tax planning. He represents a number of large US-based multinationals.

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McDermott’s is one of the largest tax teams in Washington DC with almost 30 dedicated lawyers, advising large companies on the tax aspects of large M&A deals, corporate restructurings, international tax structuring, state and local tax, transfer pricing and high-profile advisory work. Advisory/transactional practice complemented by nationally renowned contentious practice covering tax controversy, administrative appeals and tax litigation. McDermott is the law firm of choice for clients seeking the highest quality tax advice.

We are often called in to act as special tax counsel alongside large firms handling the corporate aspect of M&A transactions. International tax is a large part of our practice, typically advising on US tax aspects of cross-border deals, and high-profile advisory work. We advise numerous multinationals and companies in more than 60 countries. We have one of the largest state and local tax departments in the US. Our lawyers advise on issues that involve both federal and state tax dimensions and transcend state boundaries.

McDermott began as a tax firm and tax remains central to the Firm’s identity; many of our DC tax lawyers previously practiced at tax boutiques, so have always attracted tax clients directly.
We have extensive government experience – many of our partners formerly worked in government positions and at the IRS.

We provide high-end tax services to a third of the Fortune 100, and a large percentage of listed companies in many other countries.

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Miller & Chevalier Chartered - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Acclaimed boutique practice with a long history of advising an enviable client roster on high-value and complex tax matters. Offers extensive expertise across its bench in domestic tax, international planning and controversy as well as tax reform lobbying. Home to a number of practitioners with significant government experience. Notable capability to advise on transfer pricing issues.

Strengths A client says: "It is uniformly superb to work with them - they are very timely and responsive, and we always feel as if we are their most important client."

Another notes: "They are extremely knowledgeable about the most complicated and nuanced of issues, and find a way to explain and analyze them in a very straightforward manner."

Work highlights Represented Coca-Cola in a very high-value US Tax Court transfer pricing dispute with the IRS. Acted for the client in multiple pre-trial proceedings including discovery, stipulations and depositions.

Advised BAT on US tax aspects of its acquisition of Reynolds American stock, creating the world's largest publicly listed tobacco company.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Gibbs is widely revered by market sources, many of whom note his strong links to the IRS, of which he is a former commissioner. Interviewees agree that Gibbs continues to be "one of the most respected names in tax and tax controversy," with one source adding: "When all else fails, you call him."

Stephen Gertzman is widely recognized as a preeminent expert in tax accounting. As one source notes, he "literally wrote the book on it." He advises corporate clients on issues surrounding changes of accounting method.

Sources consider Rocco Femia to be "a really strong international tax lawyer." He advises clients on both large transactions and controversy work, additionally representing corporates in policy issues.

Alan Horowitz is a senior tax appellate lawyer. He acts in significant appeals involving a variety of complex arguments. One source describes him as a "gem," adding: "He is an extremely good writer and able to simplify complex issues."

Kevin Kenworthy is held in high esteem by peers for his litigation and controversy practice. He acts for an impressive client roster of major multinationals, including oil and gas companies, whom he advises on disputes surrounding matter such as transfer pricing and tax credits. Sources say: "He's an extremely good lawyer - careful, diligent and hard-working."

George Hani is well respected by his clients and by peers in the market. His practice is focused on advising corporates on appealing IRS assessments at the administrative level. One impressed client reports: "He is my go-to on all things IRS procedural. He is creative in his thinking but always willing to tell it to you straight."

Alexander Zakupowsky operates a respected practice focusing on litigation and controversy work, with transfer pricing his key area of expertise. Clients describe him as a "very knowledgeable tax technician."

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Miller & Chevalier was founded in 1920 as the first federal tax practice in the U.S. and has successfully represented our corporate and individual clients in all facets of federal tax law for nearly a century. We provide comprehensive tax representation, including presenting clients’ tax policy interests before lawmakers and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, handling the U.S. federal tax aspects of complex multinational transactions, resolving our client’s most difficult tax controversy problems through Internal Revenue Service administrative processes, and successfully litigating many of the most significant tax cases on record. Our tax lawyers have a broad range of technical experience spanning financial products and structured finance, international tax, tax accounting, corporate tax, partnership tax, transfer pricing, criminal tax, tax policy, tax credits and incentives, taxation of natural resources, and withholding tax issues. We apply our technical skills in multiple venues: corporate boardrooms, the halls of Treasury and Congress, the IRS National Office, IRS Appeals and Examination offices throughout the country, the Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims, multiple federal district and circuit courts, and the Supreme Court.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for A well-rounded tax practice with skills in both domestic and international tax planning and structuring, as well as controversy and litigation, including criminal tax. Acts for clients across a diverse array of industries, such as technology, hospitality and financial services. International expertise covers matters such as IP migration, transfer pricing and foreign tax credit issues.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm consistently delivers value for its fees - the lawyers think through the practical implications of the strategies they recommend."

Another source adds: "While they are very technical in tax law, they communicate complex issues in a way that is understandable."

Notable practitioners

Paul Schmidt enjoys a far-reaching reputation for his deep technical expertise international tax. His practice is broad, encompassing corporate transactions, planning and controversy. Clients say: "He clearly communicates issues, and keeps abreast of the latest developments and trends in tax law."

Jeffrey Paravano's well-regarded practice spans transactional and controversy work. He advises corporates on a broad range of issues, including M&A and taxation of insurance. Interviewees note the depth of his knowledge of the IRS and other government agencies: "Not only is he a good tax lawyer, but he also understands how Washington works."

John Bates is highly rated by corporate clients and known to peers as an emerging presence in the international tax space. He assists US-based corporations on a variety of tax issues associated with foreign interests. Clients describe him as "a young partner with a very bright future," adding: "He has the ability to translate complex technical issues into practical and useful advice."

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Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Renowned tax practice noted for its state and local taxation expertise, as well as controversy work. Represents an enviable client list, with particular experience in the TMT sectors. Also possesses strength in matters pertaining to the energy and natural resources and technology sectors.

Strengths One interviewee attests: "They are incredibly talented and loyal - like an extension of an in-house department, with super powers."

Other sources say: "They are knowledgeable, hard-working and diligent, and they also really care about providing the highest level of service for their clients."

Work highlights Advised tobacco company Philip Morris on the tax structuring aspects of securities offerings. The transactions totaled $6 billion.

Represented Comcast in high-value tax litigation in Tennessee, concerning the application of costs-of-performance apportionment methodology and the computation of consolidated net worth.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Friedman advises large corporates on significant tax disputes at state and local level. One client describes him as "THE go-to person in state tax," with another adding: "He is thorough, insightful, articulate, timely and helpful."

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for An established tax group that is regularly sought out by major financial institutions and media companies. Well equipped to handle the full range of tax controversy, litigation and transactional advice, while also advising on tax policy matters. Particularly adept at handling tax matters affecting clients in the insurance industry. Issues advised on include transfer pricing matters and the tax aspects of debt and equity transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "They offer a Wall Street quality of service at very competitive rates. They are also very knowledgeable about the insurance business."

Work highlights Defended a pharmaceutical company against IRS transfer pricing adjustments with respect to intercompany transfers of the company’s highest-selling drug.

Acted for Delaware Gas & Electric in connection with an appeal to an opinion issued by the Tax Court. The matter concerned the company's role as trustee of two statutory trusts that claimed tax credits for the production and sale of methane from landfill gas.

Notable practitioners

Mark Silverman is widely esteemed as an august practitioner with recognized expertise on consolidated returns. He advises clients on transactions, planning issues and in negotiations with the IRS. "He lights up the room with his intellect and boisterous talk. He is one of a kind - a true Hall of Fame practitioner," reports one admiring observer.

Philip West is a highly rated tax lawyer, specializing in international matters. He advises clients on significant dealings with the IRS, from policy issues to controversy. Clients say: "He comes across as very stately and conservative, but is very practical and firm in what he knows and recommends."

Walker Johnson represents corporate clients against the IRS in a range of issues including transfer pricing and captive insurance. He enjoys a strong following among financial bodies, with one source noting: "He is a first-rate tax lawyer who offers sage and practical advice."

Lisa Zarlenga is a respected player in the DC tax market, and is known for her former role as Tax Legislative Counsel for the US Treasury. Her key focus is policy advocacy, in which she represents clients before the IRS, Treasury and Congress with regard to regulatory and legislative developments affecting tax planning.

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Alston & Bird LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Respected practice advising clients on a wide variety of tax matters, from cross-border tax structuring to transfer pricing matters. Recognized for its adept handling of advance pricing agreements, as well as a range of state and local taxation matters. Advises a number of enviable corporate clients in finance, insurance and manufacturing.

Strengths One impressed interviewee attests: "They are excellent advisers and are dedicated to providing us with great service. They provide well-reasoned and timely advice. They are good at ensuring that billing matters are within expectations at the outset of the project."

Clients say: "Their level of client service is outstanding - they are very responsive and very competent."

Notable practitioners

Henry Birnkrant's focus lies in international tax issues. He advises large corporates on transactional matters, finance structuring and advance pricing agreements. Clients are impressed with the balance he strikes between technical expertise and practicality, with one interviewee noting: "He is particularly remarkable for the precision of his advice. He is extremely knowledgeable about international tax matters and fully aware of the ins and outs of our particular issues."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Proven expertise in the formation and operation of public and private REITs. Also noted for its wealth of experience in nonprofit tax exemption issues, with additional expertise in tax and trusts litigation. Additional capability to handle complex partnership issues.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is ideal for a client seeking practical solutions tailored to their unique needs. They do not slow down negotiations with excessive comments but focus on the key issues at hand to reach a speedy solution in the client's favor."

Work highlights Advised Wounded Warrior Project on the restructuring of its operations following public allegations regarding mismanagement of donor funds.

Advised Welltower on its high-value acquisition of a portfolio of properties operated by Vintage Senior Living.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Howe is a recognized REIT specialist and advises clients on planning issues relating to transactional matters, including M&A and the formation of joint ventures. Clients say: "He is an exceptional tax and real estate lawyer with pragmatic solutions. You cannot go wrong in deciding to hire him."

James Joseph is widely regarded as an excellent choice to handle a range of planning issues for tax-exempt organizations, including the structuring of funds. A client says: "He is experienced, knowledgeable and creative - a problem solver who is able to work with people at all levels of the organization."

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Ivins, Phillips & Barker - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Respected DC-based boutique tax practice with a solid client list comprising a number of multinationals, including those in the tobacco industry. Demonstrates strength across a number of sub-practice areas, including tax controversy and accounting methods, as well as issues relating to research and development tax credits.

Strengths Clients say: "They are highly responsive with excellent technical skills."

Work highlights Acted for Bayer in connection with its proposed merger with Monsanto. The team handled all tax planning, including due diligence and integration planning.

Notable practitioners

Leslie Schneider is identified by sources as a leading expert on inventory adjustment in tax accounting. He advises a number of significant corporates on various accounting issues.

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The tax group of Ivins, Phillips & Barker focuses on structuring and negotiating the U.S. tax aspects of domestic and cross-border business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, financings, and internal corporate restructurings. The group also has nationally recognized expertise in, and regularly advises on, income tax accounting, federal tax policy, and consolidated return matters. The group represents clients in all stages of tax controversy, including examinations, proceedings before the IRS Office of Appeals, and tax litigation at all levels of the federal judiciary including the U.S. Supreme Court. The group has had particular success in controversies involving the application of administrative law to tax issues, the research tax credit, income tax accounting, and consolidated returns. The group maintains strong relationships with the IRS, Treasury, and Congressional attorneys responsible for business tax matters, and has extensive experience obtaining advance IRS rulings on complex transactions. The group’s lawyers also often serve as expert witnesses in commercial disputes focused on corporate tax issues.

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Jones Day - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded compact practice, offering cross-border transactional expertise, with particular strength in structured finance, private equity and real estate matters. Acts for a range of high-end clients, including renowned chemical and pharmaceutical industry multinationals. Additional strength in bankruptcy proceedings.

Strengths Clients say: "They are outstanding in all respects, and always accessible. They are committed to bringing the right individuals into any engagement to ensure they offer the very best tax advice."

Work highlights Advised Celgene on its acquisition, through an affiliate, of Triphase Accelerator’s assets related to its proteasome inhibitor, marizomib, which is in development for blood cancer treatment.

Advised Cintas in connection with its $2.2 billion acquisition of G&K Services.

Notable practitioners

Raymond Wiacek is a respected tax lawyer, with a focus on international planning, transactions and controversy. Sources describe him as an "outstanding resource."

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Senior Statesperson

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Gibbs is widely revered by market sources, many of whom note his strong links to the IRS, of which he is a former commissioner. Interviewees agree that Gibbs continues to be "one of the most respected names in tax and tax controversy," with one source adding: "When all else fails, you call him."

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Senior Statesperson

H David Rosenbloom

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

David Rosenbloom is widely praised for his long career as a luminary in the international tax space. He is regularly sought out as a commentator by industry sources, and continues to advise clients in a range of jurisdictions worldwide. "He is THE go-to for certain international tax issues," reports one impressed observer.

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Band 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by one source as a "rockstar," Miriam Fisher's reputation is widespread as a top-notch tax litigator. She cultivates an impressive client base in industries including entertainment, representing both companies and high-profile individuals in high-stakes controversies. One source describes her as "one of the leading lights of the tax controversy Bar and an accomplished trial attorney."

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Band 1

Fred T Goldberg Jr

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Fred Goldberg is a highly prominent figure in the tax market - "a real stalwart," according to interviewees. He is well known as the former commissioner of the IRS, and represents corporations in international tax controversy, including transfer pricing disputes.

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Band 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Kaden comes highly recommended by clients, who view him as a go-to source of advice on tax aspects of corporate transactions. He routinely acts on high-stakes, complex matters, ranging from billion-dollar acquisitions to bankruptcy restructuring. A client says: "He is really responsive at any time, including the middle of the night, and has the knowledge to explain things in a comprehensive manner."

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Band 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Magee is a towering figure in the nationwide tax controversy field. He is best known for his work on high-profile transfer pricing issues, which include the successful representation of Amazon in its highly significant recent US Tax Court dispute. Interviewees give glowing reports of Magee's practice, with one source labeling him "a fabulous go-to guy for transfer pricing issues."

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Band 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bill McKee is widely lauded for his preeminent thought leadership in partnership tax. His thriving client practice includes the provision of tax opinions pertaining to highly significant M&A deals. Sources name him "the partnership tax guru in the US."

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Band 1

Paul W Oosterhuis

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Oosterhuis enjoys an outstanding reputation as a preeminent practitioner in the tax market nationwide. His practice encompasses a broad range of international tax work, from internal structuring to transfer pricing controversy. One source notes: "He is unquestionably one of the most important thought leaders in the tax policy arena today."

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Band 1

Ivins, Phillips & Barker

From the Chambers USA guide

Leslie Schneider is identified by sources as a leading expert on inventory adjustment in tax accounting. He advises a number of significant corporates on various accounting issues.

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Band 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Alter enjoys a very impressive following among top corporate clients. He advises on heavyweight M&A, with additional focus on the tax aspects of restructurings and securities offerings. Clients say: "He is a top-notch guy. He is practical and he understands his clients' needs."

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Band 2

Robert E Culbertson

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Culbertson operates an impressive practice in international tax, encompassing partnership, joint venture and corporate structuring issues, as well as controversy. Clients describe him as "very user-friendly, creative and very experienced, with a good sense of humor."

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Band 2

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Gertzman is widely recognized as a preeminent expert in tax accounting. As one source notes, he "literally wrote the book on it." He advises corporate clients on issues surrounding changes of accounting method.

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Band 2

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Hal Hicks is widely noted as a formidable tax litigator. He specializes in international tax matters, including foreign tax credits and spinoffs. Clients say: "He's extremely competent and does a good job of tethering you back to what you can really do in terms of risk."

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Band 2

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Raj Madan continues to make waves in the field of tax litigation. He operates a leading practice in transfer pricing and international tax issues, acting for US and non-US companies. Clients say: "He knows the issues involved with very sophisticated financial products."

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Band 2

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Michel is "an exceptional individual and an outstanding tax lawyer" whose litigation practice exhibits a particular focus on controversies surrounding undisclosed foreign bank accounts and foreign assets. He receives warm praise from clients, with one interviewee reporting that "the search for innovative solutions to the most difficult tax problems begins and ends with Scott."

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Band 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Celia Roady is identified by clients as a go-to source of advice for issues pertaining to tax-exempt organizations. She acts for clients on a broad range of issues, including strategic investment decisions. Clients say: "She is a standout practitioner - everyone knows her in the charitable sector."

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Schmidt enjoys a far-reaching reputation for his deep technical expertise international tax. His practice is broad, encompassing corporate transactions, planning and controversy. Clients say: "He clearly communicates issues, and keeps abreast of the latest developments and trends in tax law."

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Abraham N M Shashy

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Abraham Shashy of King & Spalding LLP is widely praised as a "heavy hitter," with sources citing his deep technical nous and experience as chief counsel of the IRS. He advises clients on a variety of issues, spanning  high-profile controversy, planning and transactions, with recognized expertise in partnership matters. A client says: "His deep knowledge of the tax code was what attracted us, and he was able to identify the key issues in the litigation from his first reading of the contract."

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Band 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Silverman is widely esteemed as an august practitioner with recognized expertise on consolidated returns. He advises clients on transactions, planning issues and in negotiations with the IRS. "He lights up the room with his intellect and boisterous talk. He is one of a kind - a true Hall of Fame practitioner," reports one admiring observer.

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Band 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip West is a highly rated tax lawyer, specializing in international matters. He advises clients on significant dealings with the IRS, from policy issues to controversy. Clients say: "He comes across as very stately and conservative, but is very practical and firm in what he knows and recommends."

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B John Williams Jr

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

John Williams is a well-known and highly regarded tax litigator. He cultivates a strong client base among companies in a variety of industries, including financial services. Sources note that he offers "very deep knowledge of tax law and regulations, and extensive experience in the area."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Bennett is a highly regarded international tax lawyer. She is known for her transfer pricing expertise, with one market observer describing her as "a leader in her field."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Chris Bowers advises an impressive array of heavyweight clients on international tax matters. His expertise spans from transfer pricing to cross-border banking regulation. A client says: "He's a technical genius and an absolute delight to work with - we really found him to be valuable both strategically and for his written work."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers USA guide

David Brockway of Linklaters is widely respected figure in the tax market, with many sources noting his major contribution to the Tax Reform Act of 1986. He continues to advise major clients, with a particular focus on international tax matters. Sources say: "He is brilliant, witty and creative - the go-to tax counsel for some household name corporations with very good reason."

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Band 3

Michael J Caballero

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Caballero continues to forge an impressive profile among market sources, who highlight him as an "impressive advocate," with some noting his recent experience in the US Treasury. He advises on transactional and controversy matters, as well as international policy issues. A client says: "He really knows how the government thinks and the cutting-edge issues."

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Nicholas J DeNovio

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicholas DeNovio is highly rated as a transactional tax practitioner, with significant expertise in cross-border matters. He advises on issues including M&A deals and spinoffs, especially those involving companies with operations outside the USA. Clients say: "He brings over 30 years of international tax experience, and is very knowledgeable and articulate. He provides sound, practical advice to help clients manage risks."

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol Dunahoo is an impressive practitioner who is recommended for her handling of international tax matters, including transfer pricing and tax treaties.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Farmer enjoys a strong reputation among peers for his international tax planning practice. He advises multinationals on internal structuring and transfer pricing relating to US tax law, as well as IRS controversies. One source says: "He's very smart and has a very good command of the technical aspects of international planning."

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Prentiss Feagles of Hogan Lovells US LLP is praised by sources for his technical expertise in tax matters relating to REITs. Observers note: "He is one of the top tax lawyers in the REIT space. He has total command of the subject matter and is very user-friendly."

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Band 3

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources consider Rocco Femia to be "a really strong international tax lawyer." He advises clients on both large transactions and controversy work, additionally representing corporates in policy issues.

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Band 3

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

The "top-notch" Armando Gomez comes highly recommended as a tax litigator, with expertise in both international and domestic matters. Sources say that he is "truly successful in navigating through even the most complicated of issues while at the same time effectively managing client budgetary constraints."

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Band 3

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Horowitz is a senior tax appellate lawyer. He acts in significant appeals involving a variety of complex arguments. One source describes him as a "gem," adding: "He is an extremely good writer and able to simplify complex issues."

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Band 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Howe is a recognized REIT specialist and advises clients on planning issues relating to transactional matters, including M&A and the formation of joint ventures. Clients say: "He is an exceptional tax and real estate lawyer with pragmatic solutions. You cannot go wrong in deciding to hire him."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Kenworthy is held in high esteem by peers for his litigation and controversy practice. He acts for an impressive client roster of major multinationals, including oil and gas companies, whom he advises on disputes surrounding matter such as transfer pricing and tax credits. Sources say: "He's an extremely good lawyer - careful, diligent and hard-working."

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Band 3

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Lerner of Sidley Austin LLP is well regarded for his tax controversy practice, which covers disputes at federal and state level. He additionally handles cross-border matters, as well as advising clients through the audit process. Clients say: "He has a great legal mind, but he also understands business and its interplay with the law, and can articulate that to non-tax people."

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Band 3

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dan Luchsinger is noted as an excellent source of advice on both transactional and planning matters, and controversies, including cross-border issues. His clients include technology companies and REITs. "He offers outstanding legal analysis and judgment, is creative and is a great business partner," reports one impressed client.

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Band 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip McCarty advises a number of large companies on transactional and advisory tax matters at state, federal and international level. Clients say: "He is unparalleled in his depth and breadth of experience - a truly great adviser."

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Band 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Nelson is well regarded as an authoritative figure in the tax world, especially in partnership matters. He represents major clients in litigation and controversy matters. One client notes: "He has always been a preeminent tax attorney and we have found his knowledge and skill very helpful."

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Band 3

Jeffrey H Paravano

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Paravano's well-regarded practice spans transactional and controversy work. He advises corporates on a broad range of issues, including M&A and taxation of insurance. Interviewees note the depth of his knowledge of the IRS and other government agencies: "Not only is he a good tax lawyer, but he also understands how Washington works."

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jean Pawlow is regarded by market sources as a strong litigator in the tax space. She focuses on advising financial institutions on complex disputes. Market observers name her "a very smart and very capable tax controversy lawyer."

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Band 3

Christopher Rizek

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Rizek's client base includes financial bodies and high-profile individuals. He is well regarded as a strong litigator, handling issues including contested refunds and employee benefits. A client says: "He's just a really great controversy attorney - he has an excellent understanding of the procedural aspects of the revenue code and a really good feel for how to deal with an IRS examination."

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Band 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Rudnick of Shearman & Sterling LLP is a regular fixture at the US Tax Court, representing large corporates and high-net-worth individuals in disputes with the IRS.

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Band 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alex Sadler is a recognized expert in research and development tax credits, and is sought out by manufacturing businesses for controversy matters, including US Tax Court litigation. One client says: "He is acknowledged as the foremost authority in the field - he wrote the book on it!"

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Duane Webber is well regarded as a litigator in international tax matters. He is known for his work on significant transfer pricing disputes.

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Band 4

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Birnkrant's focus lies in international tax issues. He advises large corporates on transactional matters, finance structuring and advance pricing agreements. Clients are impressed with the balance he strikes between technical expertise and practicality, with one interviewee noting: "He is particularly remarkable for the precision of his advice. He is extremely knowledgeable about international tax matters and fully aware of the ins and outs of our particular issues."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kim Boylan of White & Case LLP is recommended for her strength in the tax controversy space, with the notable inclusion of her handling of disputes at the administrative level. One interviewee attests: "She advises efficiently in complex and ambitious projects, ensuring legal compliance in a pragmatic way. She is one of the best lawyers I have worked with."

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Band 4

Douglas W. Charnas

McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Charnas of McGuireWoods LLP is a well-respected tax lawyer, best known for his proficiency in handling controversies with the IRS, and for his expertise in partnership issues. He additionally advises on transactional matters, including securities offerings. Sources say: "He is a VIP - his experience, client service focus and ability to quickly identify the most salient issues makes him indispensable."

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Band 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cheryl Coe's impressive transactional practice encompasses issues including heavyweight M&A and fund formation. Clients say: "She is very organized and very good at pushing forward large, complicated transactions."

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Band 4

Jeffrey A Friedman

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Friedman advises large corporates on significant tax disputes at state and local level. One client describes him as "THE go-to person in state tax," with another adding: "He is thorough, insightful, articulate, timely and helpful."

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Band 4

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Gleicher of White & Case LLP specializes in transfer pricing, in which he leads the firm's practice. He represents large corporates on both planning matters and controversy. "He is very bright and technical, and becomes very efficient very quickly in issues where he isn't already proficient," avers one impressed client.

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Band 4

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michelle Gold is a well-regarded transactional tax lawyer. She focuses on tax aspects of the formation of funds, advising a number of significant players in the financial services sector. Sources say: "She is very thorough and a great drafter - she gives very clear, concise and actionable advice."

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Band 4

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

George Hani is well respected by his clients and by peers in the market. His practice is focused on advising corporates on appealing IRS assessments at the administrative level. One impressed client reports: "He is my go-to on all things IRS procedural. He is creative in his thinking but always willing to tell it to you straight."

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Band 4

Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harold Heltzer of Crowell & Moring LLP operates a practice focusing on domestic tax matters, with a broad expertise spanning both transactional work and controversy. He represents major clients in a variety of industries.

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Band 4

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Jessica Hough enjoys a thriving transactional tax practice, regularly advising on heavyweight M&A deals, including those in the technological and insurance industries. Clients say: "She brings a technical understanding of the issue and provides practical solutions for its resolution."

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Band 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Walker Johnson represents corporate clients against the IRS in a range of issues including transfer pricing and captive insurance. He enjoys a strong following among financial bodies, with one source noting: "He is a first-rate tax lawyer who offers sage and practical advice."

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Band 4

Thomas D Johnston

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Johnston of Shearman & Sterling LLP is a notable presence in the controversy space, advising clients through IRS audits, litigation and dispute resolution.

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Band 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Joseph is widely regarded as an excellent choice to handle a range of planning issues for tax-exempt organizations, including the structuring of funds. A client says: "He is experienced, knowledgeable and creative - a problem solver who is able to work with people at all levels of the organization."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources consider the "always impressive" Patricia Lewis to be "a very effective transfer pricing professional." She is a respected practitioner in international tax law, known chiefly for her transfer pricing expertise. She advises large multinationals on contentious issues.

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Band 4

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tremendous" Samuel Maruca is respected for his transfer pricing expertise, which draws on significant experience in-house with the IRS. He advises corporate clients on contentious and noncontentious international tax issues.

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Band 4

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian McManus focuses his practice on tax litigation, representing companies and individuals on a range of high-value tax disputes. Clients say: "He provides excellent client service and is able to pivot between technical and procedural issues with ease. He can explain even the most difficult concepts clearly and convincingly."

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Band 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Riedy's practice centers on advice relating to transfer pricing and international tax planning. He represents a number of large US-based multinationals.

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Charles M Ruchelman

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Ruchelman focuses on tax disputes, acting for companies and individuals. He regularly handles high-value controversies relating to transfer pricing and income tax issues. "His strengths include the ability to speak about the law in layman's terms, strong follow-through and an unbelievable attention to detail," comments one observer.

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Band 4

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Sanders of Blank Rome LLP is a respected adviser on a range of planning and controversy matters, with a strong client base among nonprofit organizations. Clients say: "He stands out for his persistence, accessibility, seasoned judgment and reasonableness, coupled with his creativity in finding solutions."

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Band 4

Eric Sensenbrenner

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Sensenbrenner supports major corporate clients on a range of high-value transactions, including cross-border deals. Clients say: "He is excellent for international tax matters."

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Michael B. Shulman

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Shulman of Shearman & Sterling LLP operates a transactional tax practice, with expertise centering on the taxation of securities and other financial instruments. Sources name Shulman "a terrific attorney" and remark that he is "highly intelligent, creative and incredibly efficient."

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Band 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sanford Stark is well known to peers in the market for his strong transfer pricing and litigation practice. He regularly represents household names in highly significant disputes. One source says: "For complex controversy matters, he's the one who's going to make sure you get to the finish line."

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Band 4

McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Russell Sullivan of McGuireWoods LLP is known for his efficacy on a range of tax policy matters, buttressed by a wealth of significant contacts gained during his time in government. He acts as advocate for a variety of clients, including corporates, charitable organizations and interest groups. One recent client reports: "We hired him for his expertise - he reads voraciously and understands the substance, but he also knows everyone in Washington."

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Band 4

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Swirski is a well-regarded tax litigator. He operates a practice covering a range of domestic and international matters, including foreign tax credit disputes. One client reports that Swirski "did a great job handling all aspects of the litigation," and notes: "His strength is being able to see all sides of an argument."

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Band 4

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Emin Toro enjoys a solid controversy practice, with a focus on tax credit issues. He is popular with clients, who note his excellent communication skills; one interviewee observes: "He is one of the clearest thinkers I have come across - he brings a real sense of empathy and understanding."

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Band 4

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Wiacek is a respected tax lawyer, with a focus on international planning, transactions and controversy. Sources describe him as an "outstanding resource."

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Band 4

Alexander Zakupowsky

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Alexander Zakupowsky operates a respected practice focusing on litigation and controversy work, with transfer pricing his key area of expertise. Clients describe him as a "very knowledgeable tax technician."

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Band 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Zarlenga is a respected player in the DC tax market, and is known for her former role as Tax Legislative Counsel for the US Treasury. Her key focus is policy advocacy, in which she represents clients before the IRS, Treasury and Congress with regard to regulatory and legislative developments affecting tax planning.

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Up and Coming

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources increasingly point to Sean Akins as an outstanding legal mind and an innovative litigator. His focus lies in federal tax controversy and litigation. Market sources say: "He will be leading the profession in ten years. His really deep knowledge base allows him to come up with all kinds of creative attacks and tactical moves."

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Up and Coming

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Bates is highly rated by corporate clients and known to peers as an emerging presence in the international tax space. He assists US-based corporations on a variety of tax issues associated with foreign interests. Clients describe him as "a young partner with a very bright future," adding: "He has the ability to translate complex technical issues into practical and useful advice."

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Associates to watch

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate Reid Thompson assists clients with the tax aspects of major M&A deals. Sources say that he is "an outside-the-box thinker" who is "relentless in pursuit of the best solution."

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