J. Brian Davis


Washington, D.C.
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J. Brian Davis is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of BakerHostetler, and head of the firm’s international tax group. His practice is built on decades of experience in law and accounting firm environments, as well as years of experience as international tax counsel for a publicly-traded global media conglomerate. Brian counsels multinational corporations, private equity funds and high-net worth individuals on all aspects of U.S. federal income tax matters, with a particular emphasis on international taxation. He works with inbound and outbound clients on a diverse array of U.S. and non-U.S. tax matters, and specializes in cross-border M&A and restructuring transactions, cross-border financing arrangements, international intangibles planning and effective supply chain realignments. Brian also advises clients on technical and policy issues in connection with tax reform, transfer pricing, treaties, permanent establishments, U.S. trade or business, subpart F, foreign tax credits, GILTI, FDII, BEAT and global debt issues.

Brian’s clients span diverse sectors of the economy, and he regularly works with enterprises involved in technology, media, consumer products, industrial products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and business services industries.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • The Legal 500 United States (2020 to 2021)
    • Recommended in International Tax (2020 to 2021)
    • Recommended in Tax - US taxes: contentious (2020)


  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
    • Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers Committee
    • Corporate Tax Committee
    • U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties Committee
    • Foreign Lawyers Forum Committee: Vice Chair
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Philadelphia Tax Conference: Board Member


  • Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia (CIS of NOVA)


  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Washington


  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2000
  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1999
  • B.S., University of Oregon, 1995


In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
Alert: IRS Issues New Guidance and FAQs on Virtual Currencies
By J. Brian Davis, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Elizabeth Ann Smith
October 10, 2019
On Oct. 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued additional guidance regarding the taxation of cryptocurrency. The guidance comes more than five years after the IRS issued Notice 2014-21, the first and, until now, only official...