Tax

For 100 years, the attorneys at BakerHostetler have helped clients effectively manage one of their most significant costs—taxes—by providing clients with sound and practical advice in federal, international, employee benefits, private wealth, tax exempt and state and local tax matters.

With more than 70 attorneys serving 14 offices, BakerHostetler’s Tax Group is one of the legal profession's strongest. Clients rely on us for effective, practical judgment and technical advice and structuring tax-efficient transactions in arranging business operations to minimize compliance burdens and optimize tax synergies. We also routinely handle federal, state and local tax controversies including tax litigation. Our international tax practice helps companies plan and implement global tax strategies around the world. We complement our planning and controversy practices with an active rulings practice, regularly obtaining private rulings on behalf of clients in complicated merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, spin-offs, accounting methods and similar issues.

Members of our team have served in senior positions at the Department of Treasury, the IRS, the Department of Justice, the Joint Committee on Taxation and on Capitol Hill. Our tax attorneys also serve the academic community and the legal profession as adjunct professors, tax committee chairs and officers of various tax organizations. Twenty-eight of our team members are listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers, with four earning “Lawyers of the Year” awards. Our Tax team is also ranked in Chambers USA and in Who’s Who in Legal in “Corporate Tax.”

We understand that in tax law, facts matter. Our attorneys are committed to providing responsive service to our clients and to establishing the long-standing, deep client relationships necessary to enable us to command the facts necessary for effective counsel and representation in tax planning and controversy matters.

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Clients of all sizes—from high net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses, to Fortune 100 multinational firms—benefit from our extensive experience in a wide range of areas, including:

Transactional Tax: Our team advises the owners and operators of market leading businesses on the federal, international, state and local tax implications of their mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, asset sales, public offerings and other transactions.

Tax Controversy and Litigation: Our team analyzes each unique situation at the onset, and strategizes solutions based on extensive experience and keen understanding of issues. We routinely resolve issues at IRS Appeals, but also regularly litigate on behalf of taxpayers when necessary. We also have managed controversy and litigation on a global basis against tax authorities in other jurisdictions.

International Tax: We advise U.S.-based multinationals and private equity funds on global planning and strategies and foreign based multinationals on U.S. inbound tax issues. We have active international tax matters touching every major region of the world.

Government Policy, Legislative and Regulatory: Our team, which includes former members of Congress and a former U.S. Ambassador, works with clients to draft legislation and shape regulations that impact their bottom line. We regularly work with the tax writing committees of the House and Senate, as well as the Treasury and the IRS. We are also uniquely qualified to assist clients on matters of international diplomacy.

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: We develop, maintain and ensure that benefit and compensation programs meet business objectives and attract a productive workforce and are on the cutting edge of current issues such as Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act.

Private Wealth: Ultra high-net worth individuals and closely-held family businesses rely on us to create and sustain sophisticated and successful wealth-management and preservation strategies.

Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving: Our attorneys understand the myriad regulatory and compliance challenges of charitable giving in an increasingly regulated and growing sector.

Criminal Tax Defense: Our team represents individuals and entities facing some of the government’s most complex criminal tax investigations and prosecutions.

State and Local Tax: Clients benefit from our focus on the successful negotiation of disputes, favorable reductions in audit adjustments and successful litigation. We are on the forefront of legislative issues impacting our clients on the state and local level and also regularly assist clients in obtaining state and local tax incentives and credits where available.

Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Richard H. Bamberger Partner Cleveland
John D. Bates Partner Washington, D.C.
Taylor Perodeau Bechel Associate Denver
Edward J. Beckwith Partner Washington, D.C.
Scott J. Bent Associate Columbus
Edward J. Bernert Partner Columbus
John W. Boyd Counsel Cleveland
E. Mark Braden Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Thomas S. Campanella Of Counsel Cleveland
Jessica Captain Novick Partner Orlando
Neil Carrey Of Counsel Los Angeles
Joseph P. Collins Associate Costa Mesa
William J. Culbertson Counsel Cleveland
Leah E. DeLancey Partner Costa Mesa
Brian P. Durdle Senior Advisor Cleveland
Jennifer L. Eschedor Counsel Cleveland
Michael A. Ferguson Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Christopher D. Fidler Partner Columbus
Heather K. P. Fincher Associate Washington, D.C.
Robert R. Galloway Partner Cleveland
Theodore Z. Gelt Of Counsel Denver
Ellen E. Halfon Counsel Cleveland
Gerald H. Hansen Counsel Denver
Michelle M. Hervey Partner Cleveland
Adam J. Higgins Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Susan Whittaker Hughes Associate Cleveland
Kevin M. Johnson Partner Philadelphia
Christian B. Jones Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Dana Andrassy Lanigan Partner Cleveland
Kelvin M. Lawrence Associate Columbus
John R. Lehrer II Partner Washington, D.C.
Gordon F. Litt Partner Columbus
Susan N. Lubow Partner Columbus
Chad W. Makuch Associate Cleveland
Raymond M. Malone Partner Cleveland
Ruth Ann Maloney Partner Cleveland
Daniel M. McClain Associate Cleveland
Tom McDonald Partner Washington, D.C.
John J. McGowan Jr. Partner Cleveland
Naomi Meisels Staff Attorney New York
Jennifer A. Mills Partner Cleveland
James E. Murphy Jr. Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Jay R. Nanavati Counsel Washington, D.C.
Maya M. Noronha Associate Washington, D.C.
Christina Novotny Counsel Cleveland
W. James Ollinger Partner Cleveland
Gregory J. Orlando Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey H. Paravano Partner Washington, D.C.
Georgeann G. Peters Partner Columbus
Edward G. Ptaszek Jr. Partner Cleveland
Sally Yuanyuan Qin Associate Washington, D.C.
Lisa A. Roberts-Mamone Partner Cleveland
Kevin G. Robertson Partner Cleveland
Barry R. Robinson Partner Columbus
Sandra G. Rolitsky Counsel Cleveland
Gregory S. Saikin Partner Houston
Anthony J. Scaletta Partner Orlando
George W. Schein Associate Columbus
Paul M. Schmidt Partner Washington, D.C.
Hewitt B. Shaw Partner Cleveland
Heath Shuler Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Ann Smith Partner New York
Michelle M. St. Pierre Partner Denver
Brian C. Stevens Staff Attorney Cleveland
Michael R. Stiff Partner Denver
David J. Strauss Partner Cleveland
Raymond L. Sutton Jr. Partner Denver
Christopher J. Swift Partner Cleveland
Alexander J. Szilvas Partner Cleveland
Ashley L. Thompson Associate Denver
Joseph F. Verciglio Partner Cleveland
Nathan F. Ware Partner Cleveland
Samantha M. White Partner Denver
Diane D. Wilcox Staff Attorney Cleveland
Leigh Ann Wilson Partner Columbus
Lucas L. Witters Associate Cleveland
Alexander C. Yarbrough Associate Costa Mesa

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Tax in Washington, D.C. (2010 to 2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Tax: Taxes: Non-contentious (2015, 2016)
    • Tax: International tax (2014 to 2016)

  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2016)
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law: National Tier 3
    • Litigation - ERISA: National Tier 3
    • Litigation - Tax: National Tier 1
    • Tax Law: National Tier 1
    • Trusts & Estates Law: National Tier 1
      • "Law Firm of the Year"
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 5 lawyers named in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    • 1 lawyer named in Government Relations Practice
    • 2 lawyers named in Litigation - ERISA
    • 3 lawyers named in Litigation - Trusts & Estates
    • 3 lawyers named in Litigation & Controversy - Tax
    • 2 lawyers named in Non-Profit / Charities Law
    • 13 lawyers named in Tax Law
    • 11 lawyers named in Trusts and Estates
  • Who’s Who Legal 2013 recognized two partners in the area of Corporate Tax.

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Global Tax Enforcement
Paul Schmidt, Jay Nanavati Talk to Bloomberg about Tax Compliance Emphasis under Trump
February 3, 2017
Partners Paul Schmidt and Jay Nanavati are quoted in an article published by Bloomberg BNA’s “Daily Tax Report” on Jan. 13, 2017. The article “Will Trump Keep Spotlight on Multinationals’ Tax Compliance?” discusses the future of the...
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Tax Season Is in Full Swing: Beware of the W-2 Spear Phishing Scam
January 27, 2017
By Patrick H. Haggerty Editor’s Note: This blog post is a joint submission with BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Monitor blog. Last year we saw an unprecedented number of companies of all sizes fall victim to a W-2 spear phishing scam. The...
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Same-Sex Spouses Authorized to Recalculate Transfer Tax Treatment of Prior Gifts and Bequests
January 20, 2017
The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-15 to provide same-sex spouses relief to recalculate the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax treatment of gifts and bequests made before the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Owner of Professional Employer Organization Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Charge
January 12, 2017
On Jan. 6, 2017, Janis Edwards, the owner of a professional employer organization, pleaded guilty to tax evasion arising from failing to pay over to the IRS between $3.5 million and $25 million in withholdings that her organization had...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep
November 22, 2016
Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used its services...
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