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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Littleton, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Non-Profit / Charities Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation and Controversy - Tax Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Equipment Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Non-Profit / Charities Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law International Trade and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Trusts and Estates Non-Profit / Charities Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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Sarah H. Beard was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sarah H. Beard

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Health Care Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Worthington, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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Jonathan A. Block was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jonathan A. Block

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
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Gregory M. Bopp was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gregory M. Bopp

Bracewell LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Elder Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Management Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Naples, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Henderson, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Criminal Defense: White-Collar Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Naples, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Real Estate Law Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Corporate Law Health Care Law Public Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Non-Profit / Charities Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Non-Profit / Charities Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trusts and Estates Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Trusts and Estates Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law

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Practice Area Definition

Tax Law Definition

The practice of tax law involves providing advice on the structure of a variety of commercial transactions, negotiating their terms, and assisting clients with tax-related controversies, including any that may arise out of those transactions. The types of transactions covered can vary widely, from the formation of new enterprises, funds, and joint ventures to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and bank financings and even to internal restructurings and bankruptcies.

The structure of a transaction can significantly affect its tax consequences, and very small changes in structure or in the underlying facts can have enormous tax significance. Tax lawyers design structures with those consequences in mind, while also taking into account the parties’ commercial goals, timing issues, and any other legal or accounting considerations. The tax treatment of some transactions — such as a “spin-off,” where a company distributes subsidiary stock to its shareholders — is highly complex, and tax lawyers may assist clients in obtaining confirmation of their transactions’ tax consequences from the IRS in the form of a private letter ruling.

Tax lawyers also review and negotiate the terms of the transaction, ensuring that the legal agreements implement the deal in a manner consistent with its intended structure. The agreements also govern the relationship between the parties. They may help the parties understand the intended tax treatment, identify certain tax exposures, and allocate responsibility between the parties for any taxes that may apply.

Tax lawyers also work with clients to determine the most tax efficient manner of carrying on ongoing business operations, taking into account federal, state, local, and international tax considerations.

On occasion, tax-related disputes arise between the parties to a transaction or with the IRS or another taxing authority. Tax lawyers may represent clients in administrative proceedings, private settlement negotiations, or litigation related to these controversies.

Tax lawyers are responsible for providing technical advice and analysis, but must fully understand the overall business transaction in order to do so. The best lawyers give advice in a way that is clear, thoughtful, and business-minded. Tax lawyers need to be closely involved in a transaction from the very beginning and throughout the transaction, in order to be able to give the best advice on an ongoing basis and to be able to modify the structure, if necessary, in response to any changes to the business terms of the transaction.

Michael L. Schler, Partner
Stephen L. Gordon, Partner Andrew W. Needham, Partner Lauren Angelilli, Partner
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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The practice of tax law involves providing advice on the structure of a variety of commercial transactions, negotiating their terms, and assisting clients with tax-related controversies, including any that may arise out of those transactions. The types of transactions covered can vary widely, from the formation of new enterprises, funds, and joint ventures to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and bank financings and even to internal restructurings and bankruptcies.

The structure of a transaction can significantly affect its tax consequences, and very small changes in structure or in the underlying facts can have enormous tax significance. Tax lawyers design structures with those consequences in mind, while also taking into account the parties’ commercial goals, timing issues, and any other legal or accounting considerations. The tax treatment of some transactions — such as a “spin-off,” where a company distributes subsidiary stock to its shareholders — is highly complex, and tax lawyers may assist clients in obtaining confirmation of their transactions’ tax consequences from the IRS in the form of a private letter ruling.

Tax lawyers also review and negotiate the terms of the transaction, ensuring that the legal agreements implement the deal in a manner consistent with its intended structure. The agreements also govern the relationship between the parties. They may help the parties understand the intended tax treatment, identify certain tax exposures, and allocate responsibility between the parties for any taxes that may apply.

Tax lawyers also work with clients to determine the most tax efficient manner of carrying on ongoing business operations, taking into account federal, state, local, and international tax considerations.

On occasion, tax-related disputes arise between the parties to a transaction or with the IRS or another taxing authority. Tax lawyers may represent clients in administrative proceedings, private settlement negotiations, or litigation related to these controversies.

Tax lawyers are responsible for providing technical advice and analysis, but must fully understand the overall business transaction in order to do so. The best lawyers give advice in a way that is clear, thoughtful, and business-minded. Tax lawyers need to be closely involved in a transaction from the very beginning and throughout the transaction, in order to be able to give the best advice on an ongoing basis and to be able to modify the structure, if necessary, in response to any changes to the business terms of the transaction.