Jean A. Pawlow

Jean A. Pawlow is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP based in the Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the U.S. & International Tax Practice Group, she serves on the firm's Management Committee, and she is the chair of the Tax Controversy Practice. U.S. News and Best Lawyers named McDermott "Tax Litigation Firm of the Year" for 2014.

Jean has been involved in representing businesses and individuals on significant tax controversy matters for twenty five years. Substantive issues in dispute have included transfer pricing issues under Code section 482, tax advantaged transactions, tax accounting issues, insurance tax matters, the tax treatment of financial instruments, foreign tax credit and research credit issues, leveraged leases, credit card interchange and original issue discount (OID), excise taxes, reasonable compensation, estate and gift tax issues, and charitable contribution deductions.

Jean has litigated cases before the U.S. Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. She also has extensive experience with IRS alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures, including Fast Track Settlement, Rapid Appeals, Post-Appeals Mediation, Pre-Filing Agreements, and CAP audits. She also represents clients who are being audited by the Service's Global High Wealth Industry Group.

Jean is a frequent writer and speaker on tax controversy matters and has appeared on CBS and CNBC. The Legal 500 has named Jean a "leading lawyer" every year since 2009, and quoted a client who described her as "A pleasure to work with, clever, an excellent advocate, personable and possessed of an instinctive business understanding." She has been nationally ranked as a leading tax litigation lawyer every year since 2010 by Chambers USA as "one of the preeminent tax lawyers in the U.S." and noted for her "dedication to client service." Jean was also listed in Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Tax