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In larger firms, tax attorneys generally divide into one of two areas: transactional tax and tax controversy. Transactional tax attorneys counsel clients on tax issues that may arise in M&A and other transactions and advise on how to structure entities and transactions so as to lessen tax burdens. Tax controversy attorneys advise clients involved in audits and litigation involving tax issues. Tax attorneys often will earn an LL.M. in tax either immediately after law school or after a few years of practice. The work can often be deadline intensive, as tax lawyers are often called upon near the end of a transaction. Tax lawyers must keep up with complex and ever-changing laws and regulations at the federal and state levels that affect their work and generally do not have a tremendous amount of client interaction.

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Geoffrey Collins, Partner • Remmelt Reigersman, Partner
Mayer Brown LLP

Describe your practice area and what it entails.

Geoff: My practice primarily involves representing taxpayers in large-scale disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. While I represent taxpayers in all phases of tax controversies, I focus on disputes before IRS Appeals (an administrative appeal function within the IRS) or in court (the U.S. Tax Court, Court of Federal Claims, or district court). Success in our practice area is a people business. Successfully resolving these disputes entails learning and discovering complex facts and organizing those into a coherent, easy-to-understand story. It also requires strategic coordination in developing that factual story around a complex legal framework. Many of the most important skills are soft “people” skills—building rapport with decision makers, developing relationships with potential witnesses, or navigating difficult personalities.

Remmelt: My practice is mainly focused on M&A transactions, capital markets work, and some fund work. This means that I work on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and joint ventures as well as on financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities, and structured products.

What types of clients do you represent?

Geoff: My clients are typically large organizations, including large public companies and privately held businesses.

Remmelt: My clients are typically large corporations or financial institutions. I also, however, work with startup companies or other smaller companies.

What types of cases/deals do you work on?

Geoff: My practice focuses on large-scale disputes, involving tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, because many tax issues are ongoing (i.e., the same question affects a taxpayer for a series of tax years), a single case can have ongoing effects for later (or earlier) tax years.

Factual issues in these disputes often go to the fundamentals of a taxpayer’s business. For example, “transfer pricing” cases require the court to determine the “arm’s length” price for tangible property, intangible property, or services. In many cases, doing so requires “functional analysis,” which can involve learning about and analyzing all the functions of a particular supply chain. Determining if the resulting “prices” are arm’s length, in turn, requires learning about and analyzing other taxpayers in the same industry.

Remmelt: I work on mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt offerings. I also do a lot of work in the structured products space (including structured notes, swaps, and other derivative contracts).

How did you choose this practice area?

Geoff: As a summer associate at Mayer Brown, I had the opportunity to take projects in a number of practice areas. Prior to that, I had already taken a basic federal income tax course. And while I enjoyed the subject matter, I didn’t exactly envision myself as a tax lawyer. Fortunately, Mayer Brown had a “free-market” system for summer associate assignments that allowed us to take available projects from any group. One day, following a conversation with one of the partners from the group at a summer event about transfer pricing (a very common area of large-scale tax dispute), I took a project with the group. Long story short, I never looked back: I enjoyed the work, I could relate to the taxpayer’s positions and views, and I enjoyed my future colleagues.

Remmelt: When I was in law school, I quickly decided that tax law was of interest to me because of the required analytical skills.

What is a typical day like and/or what are some common tasks you perform?

Geoff: What is “typical” depends on the type of (and stage of) matter I am focused on at a given time. For example, one typical day includes participating in client calls on developing answers to discovery questions, preparing for interviews with potential witnesses, and preparing for negotiations with the IRS. Another typical day would have had me at trial, meaning spending time in court (or virtual court), time negotiating with IRS counsel, time preparing witnesses, and time preparing for cross examinations of IRS witnesses. Yet another typical day might have had me spending the majority of my time preparing an appellate brief.

Remmelt: A “typical” day for me is planning to get certain things done during that day and then coming to the conclusion at the end of the day that I didn’t do any of them. The transactional tax practice is very unpredictable. My days are filled with structuring transactions, participating in conference calls or meetings with clients and colleagues, doing research, keeping up with law changes, giving presentations, and reviewing contracts or offering documents.

What training, classes, experience, or skills development would you recommend to someone who wishes to enter your practice area?

Geoff: Substantive tax knowledge is obviously a huge advantage (including an LL.M. if you have time). Beyond that, advanced civil procedure courses (e.g., Choice of Laws, Federal Courts, etc.) and clinical or skills-based courses can be very helpful.

Remmelt: Getting to know as much tax law as possible is important. So focusing on tax classes in law school and obtaining a tax LL.M. is very helpful.

What is the most challenging aspect of practicing in this area?

Geoff: While young attorneys worry most about how to learn the tax law, the soft “people” skills are considerably more challenging (at least for me).

Remmelt: Much of the tax law is a product of or a reaction to historical transactions that were undertaken by taxpayers. So understanding the tax law and how it all fits together requires an understanding of the history.

What misconceptions exist about your practice area?

Geoff: Often, tax litigators run the risk of forgetting that the basic truths of any litigation still apply. That is, a simple story that can win the hearts and minds of a decision-maker is almost always better than a technical argument.

What are some typical tasks that a junior lawyer would perform in this practice area?

Geoff: Researching legal or factual issues, drafting client memos on procedural or substantive issues, and reviewing documents to help develop the facts are some typical tasks a junior lawyer may perform.

Remmelt: Typical tasks include doing a lot of research, conducting due diligence, reviewing agreements and preparing comments, and participating in meetings and calls.

What kinds of experience can summer associates gain in this practice area at your firm?

Geoff: Summers have the opportunity to do substantive work
—researching and writing on discrete issues in large cases—and to shadow attorneys, gaining experience with the non-written-
work part of the job.

Summer associates have the opportunity to be exposed not only to the litigation and IRS Appeals areas in which I focus but to all areas of tax controversy, including helping companies with examinations and even participating in advance pricing agreement negotiations or competent authority negotiations.

Geoffrey Collins, Partner—Tax Controversy; Remmelt Reigersman, Partner—Tax Transactions and Consulting

Geoffrey (“Geoff”) Collins is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Tax Controversy practice who represents clients in all phases of tax controversy, both in court and before the Internal Revenue Service. His experience includes major corporate tax matters before IRS Exam and IRS Appeals. In addition, his experience includes the successful use of IRS alternative dispute resolution initiatives and major litigation in the United States Tax Court and district courts.

Remmelt Reigersman is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Palo Alto office and a member of the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. He concentrates his practice on federal and international tax matters. Remmelt advises on a wide variety of sophisticated capital markets transactions and represents issuers, investment banks/financial institutions, and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities, and structured products. Remmelt’s areas of experience also include restructurings (both in and out of bankruptcy), debt and equity workouts, domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and joint ventures.

Steven J. Matays, Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Describe your practice area and what it entails.

My practice focuses on advising clients on the tax aspects for a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and other divestitures, complex debt and equity offerings, corporate and partnership restructurings, and joint ventures.

What types of clients do you represent?

Skadden’s broad and diversified Tax practice has given me the opportunity to represent a wide range of clients, both public and private, with many of them focused in the media, telecommunications, sports, and technology industries.

What types of cases/deals do you work on?

Some of my more recent notable matters include advising:

  • Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. in its $71.3 billion acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and the related pre-merger spin-off of certain news, sports, and broadcast businesses.
  • Sprint Corporation (as co-counsel) regarding the regulatory aspects of its $59 billion merger with T-Mobile US, Inc.
  • Worldpay in its $43 billion merger with FIS.
  • Ecolab in the tax-free spin-off of its upstream energy business and its $4.4 billion combination with Apergy.
  • Rockwell Collins, Inc. in its $30 billion acquisition by United Technologies Corporation.
  • Viagogo Entertainment in its pending $4 billion acquisition of StubHub from eBay.
  • DST Systems, Inc. in its $5.4 billion acquisition by SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc.
  • Ash Grove Cement Company in its $3.5 billion acquisition by CRH plc.
  • Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in its $2.8 billion acquisition by Penn National Gaming, Inc.
  • Bruce Sherman, as part of an ownership group led by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter, in the $1.2 billion acquisition of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins.

How did you choose this practice area?

The firm encourages summer associates to explore multiple practice areas by trying a variety of assignments. This was very beneficial to me when I was a summer associate at Skadden because I was able to take on work from both the M&A and Tax groups. I ultimately chose tax. Although this was a difficult choice for me, tax offered me exposure to an area of the law I found both interesting and challenging, while at the same time affording me the opportunity to work regularly on mergers and acquisitions.

What is a typical day like and/or what are some common tasks you perform?

Every day is unique. As sure as the sun rises every morning, each day inevitably branches in unforeseen and unexpected directions. My day typically involves coordinating with other Skadden attorneys across practice areas and offices in order to provide comprehensive solutions to our clients’ complicated and novel problems. 

What training, classes, experience, or skills development would you recommend to someone who wishes to enter your practice area?

Taking both Individual and Corporate Income Tax in law school is a solid start to a tax lawyer’s education. If you can fit other law school tax classes into your schedule, such as International Tax and Partnership Tax, those will give you a further leg up. Very few tax lawyers at big law firms are CPAs, but it is helpful that our group includes a few people with this background. 

What is the most challenging aspect of practicing in this area?

The biggest challenge is applying a constantly changing and often patchwork legal framework to clients’ real-world fact patterns to figure out the “right” solution. 

What misconceptions exist about your practice area?

We do not prepare tax returns for clients, nor do we have a “busy” season. After 20-plus years, most of my family now knows this.

What is unique about your practice area at your firm?

With extensive experience at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS, as well as on congressional tax writing committees, our tax attorneys are highly skilled in handling intricate tax issues, with the goal of reaching creative and value-added solutions tailored to each client’s specific needs. The unique breadth of our transactional tax practice and our geographical reach have allowed us to represent a broad array of public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration transactions, cross-border and global internal restructuring transactions, spin-offs, and joint ventures.

We are one of the nation’s leading tax controversy practices, and clients turn to us to resolve large, complex, and global tax controversy and litigation matters. We represent corporations, partnerships, estates, individuals, and government entities facing every kind of tax liability, including income tax, estate tax, and excise tax. We regularly work with our clients to resolve their disputes quickly and privately through the administrative process. In addition, our highly regarded tax litigators have experience representing clients in many of the most significant tax cases in the U.S.

In what ways has the coronavirus pandemic affected your practice? How have you adjusted to lawyering in the wake of COVID-19?

Although the pandemic has negatively impacted all of our lives, it actually has had very little impact on my practice, save for the lack of in-person meetings and brainstorming sessions. As such, the biggest adjustment has been finding ways to make video conferences and phone calls as productive as the in-person meetings they have replaced. The changing landscape resulting from the pandemic has only intensified our focus on proactive thought leadership.

Steven J. Matays, Partner—Tax

Steven J. Matays is the head of Skadden’s New York Tax practice. He represents clients on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and other divestitures, complex debt and equity offerings, corporate and partnership restructurings, and joint ventures.

Mr. Matays has been selected repeatedly for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was named as a 2019 Tax MVP by Law360. He is a long-standing member of Skadden’s Hiring and Summer Associate Committees. Mr. Matays completed his J.D. at Harvard Law School and received his A.B. from Princeton University.

Michael J. Bruno, Partner • Katie Quinn, Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Describe your practice area and what it entails.

Michael: I represent taxpayers on cross-border and domestic tax planning. This can entail structuring business deals, improving supply chains, and helping businesses expand efficiently from a tax perspective.

Katie: My practice area is primarily focused on state and local controversy work. Typically, a client brings me and my colleagues in to settle a contentious audit or when an audit cannot be resolved through settlement and has proceeded to litigation. I handle controversies in many states across the country for all different tax types. I also monitor new state tax legislation and work with clients and business coalitions to help prevent—or at least manage—unfavorable tax laws. This will be a big part of my practice in 2021 as states are looking to businesses and high-net-worth individuals to raise revenue, hoping to address budget deficits created by the pandemic. I also routinely advise on New York State residency issues, another area that I expect to be a hot topic in 2021.

What types of clients do you represent?

Michael: I represent multinationals, funds, and entrepreneurial families. Over the past few years, I’ve worked more closely with companies involved in technology, digital offerings, and consumer goods.

Katie: I represent multijurisdictional businesses across many industries, including financial services, consumer products, media and entertainment, and health care. Many of my clients are Fortune 500 companies, but others are family owned (such as art galleries). I also represent individual taxpayers regarding personal income tax and sales tax issues.

What types of cases/deals do you work on?

Michael: Most of my matters involve aspects of international and corporate tax planning.

Katie: I represent taxpayers in tax controversies across the country. My adversary is always the state government, whether it be the tax department, the tax appeals tribunal, or the attorney general. Often my cases start in state tax tribunals and then proceed to state court. However, I also represent taxpayers and industry organizations in declaratory judgement actions that are brought directly in state court. The declaratory judgement action model is a creative, efficient, and effective way to get a tax dispute resolved favorably.

How did you choose this practice area?

Michael: I was fortunate to work in-house early in my career. I had the opportunity to interact with both tax accountants and lawyers and saw how their practices intersected and involved solving complex problems. From there, I chose to attend a law school with a top tax law program.

Katie: To be candid, I graduated law school in 2011 when the job market for lawyers was still fairly tough. I knew I wanted to practice tax law, got a job at EY in the State and Local Tax group, and the rest was history. I absolutely love controversy work and there is a ton of controversy work in state and local tax practices, so I think I lucked out when I stumbled upon state and local tax.

What is a typical day like and/or what are some common tasks you perform?

Michael: A typical day includes meetings with clients and colleagues, as well as technical analysis.

Katie: My job entails a lot of research and writing. I write a ton, whether it be a brief, settlement letter, client memo, opinion, or just an email. When I am not working on a writing project, I am taking client calls, discussing issues with colleagues, etc. Before the pandemic, I was also traveling a lot for speaking events and to visit clients. I still do a lot of speaking events, but obviously those are now virtual.

What training, classes, experience, or skills development would you recommend to someone who wishes to enter your practice area?

Michael: It is helpful to obtain a strong education in tax law. It also prudent to stay well informed on the latest updates by reviewing tax news publications on a daily basis.

Katie: Definitely take a legal writing course (they are offered at many firms). In law school, it is helpful to take as many tax courses as you can. You will not remember everything, but it is helpful to at least have heard of provisions that will come up when speaking to a client. I focus my practice on state and local tax, but those in the tax departments of my clients also do federal tax work, so it is helpful to have a high-level understanding of federal income tax rules.

What misconceptions exist about your practice area?

Michael: Some clients assume that because you are a tax attorney, it means you understand all aspects of U.S. tax law. Obviously, this is not the case. I find it useful to specialize in a few subchapters of the Code and work with colleagues that are specialists in other areas.

Katie: People think tax lawyers are good at math. (When I go out to dinner with friends, they always ask me to calculate the tip!) I am not great at math, and it is not a skill that is required in my practice. I do not prepare or review tax returns. My job mostly entails arguing that a tax law is being applied in a way that is not allowed by state statute, federal law, or the U.S. Constitution.

What is unique about your practice area at your firm?

Michael: I am one of the few tax attorneys in the state of Florida that routinely works with large multinational clients on a daily basis.

How do you see this practice area evolving in the future?

Katie: State tax is going to be a very hot topic in the next few years because states are increasing taxes in one way or another to raise revenue. States are coming up with new taxes—digital advertising taxes and financial transactions taxes—and looking to broaden business income tax bases. Every week, I deal with a new tax proposal. State and local tax regimes are moving away from the traditional income/sales/employment tax model towards a model that also includes gross receipts taxes and industry-targeted taxes. The pandemic and telecommuting also raise complex personal income tax, withholding, and employment taxes issues—something we haven’t seen often in the past. It’s definitely an exciting time to be a state and local tax lawyer.

Michael J. Bruno, Partner—U.S. & International Tax; Katie Quinn, Partner—State and Local Tax

Michael Bruno focuses his practice on domestic and international tax planning for multinational companies, funds, and entrepreneurial families. He regularly advises corporate clients and funds on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and divestitures in a variety of business contexts. He has assisted companies with a number of international tax issues, including intellectual property migrations; BEAT, Subpart F, GILTI, and FDII planning; foreign tax credit planning; treaty planning; tax-efficient cash repatriation strategies; and post-acquisition integration and implementation. Michael also has advised on complex cross-border tax matters and regularly advises entrepreneurial families on strategies for minimizing U.S. income taxation. Michael founded the Transactional Equal Justice Program with Legal Services of Greater Miami, which offers free legal advice to nonprofits and low-to-moderate income small business owners.

Kathleen (“Katie”) Quinn is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery. Katie focuses her practice on state and local tax matters, particularly in state controversies. She represents business and individual taxpayers at all stages of state and local tax controversies throughout the country, including the audit, administrative, and judicial levels. Katie also works with business organizations and her clients to help address larger policy issues in state legislatures. Previously, Katie worked at a Big Four accounting firm, where her practice focused on state and local tax. Katie received her LL.M. from New York University School of Law and her J.D. from St. John’s School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Hofstra University

Tijana J. Dvornic, Partner
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Describe your practice area and what it entails.

My practice is focused on the tax aspects of business transactions, such as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, carve-outs, spinoffs, joint ventures, equity investments, and other financing transactions. In the context of any particular transaction, we advise clients on a wide range of tax-related matters—including those relevant to the structuring of transaction steps, pre- and post-closing restructuring and tailoring transactions, and holding structures—and the drafting and negotiation of tax provisions and other aspects of transaction-related documents, tax disclosures in public filings, and regulatory pre-clearances and rulings.

What types of clients do you represent?

I represent public and private companies across a wide range of industries, including consumer products, health care, re-
tail, telecom, technology, diversified industrials, energy, financial services, and media and entertainment, as well as private equity firms. Examples of clients I’ve represented include Verizon, United Technologies, Pfizer, Johnson Controls, Alcoa, Hewlett-Packard, Kellogg, Creative Artists Agency, Lionsgate, Colgate, Danone, Expedia, Apollo, Warburg Pincus, Simon Property Group, CBS Corporation, Michael Dell, Allergan, and Deutsche Telecom.

What types of cases/deals do you work on?

I work on mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, spinoffs, joint ventures, initial public offerings, securities transactions, and financings. Examples include:

  • Johnson Controls in its $16.3 billion combination with Tyco International plc.
  • Alcoa in its separation into two public companies.
  • Broadcom Limited in its $130 billion proposal to acquire Qualcomm Incorporated.
  • Visa Inc. in its €21.2 billion acquisition of Visa Europe Ltd.
  • Danone S.A. in its $12.5 billion acquisition of The WhiteWave Foods Company.
  • Verizon Communications in its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo!’s operating business.
  • EQT in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Rice Energy.
  • Expedia in its spinoff of TripAdvisor.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the $8.8 billion merger of its software business into Micro Focus International in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction.
  • Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. in its $4.3 billion merger with Starz.
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. contribution agreement with CME Group Inc., CME Group Index Services LLC, and a joint venture between CME Group and News Corporation.
  • Tim Hortons Inc. in its $12.2 billion combination with Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
  • Square in its initial public offering (deal value listed at $243 million).
  • PetSmart in an $8.7 billion leveraged buyout by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners.
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in its $1.3 billion sale of its CeraVe, Ambi, and Acne Free brands and related assets to L’Oréal USA.
  • United Technologies in its $9 billion sale of its Sikorsky Aircraft Business to Lockheed Martin.
  • Tesla in its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity.
  • CBS Outdoor Americas in its initial public offering and CBS corporation in its spinoff of CBS Outdoor Americas.
  • Pfizer Inc. in its $160 billion agreed combination with Allergan plc.

How did you choose this practice area?

My undergraduate degree was in business, and after graduating, I spent a couple of years working in investment banking. So I’ve always enjoyed business/corporate transactional work and (unlike many lawyers) a bit of math, but I also really wanted to study and practice law. Practicing tax at Wachtell Lipton is a perfect blend of those interests. It involves dynamic transactional work on highly complex transactions, as well as in-depth legal analysis and its application to the business deal in question. The work can be extremely challenging, but that’s what I like about it most.

What is a typical day like and/or what are some common tasks you perform?

There is no such thing as a typical day or week, which keeps things fresh and interesting! My practice includes focusing on the substantive tax law, applying it to the facts of a particular transaction, and structuring aspects of the transaction (within the contours of the overall business deal) in a manner that achieves the most efficient tax result possible. So, I naturally spend a lot of my time reading and thinking about the tax law and transaction structuring. Then, I am on the phone or in meetings explaining relevant tax rules and constraints to businesspeople and the deal team. I also spend a lot of time negotiating and drafting agreements and other deal-related documents, and I frequently work on requests and submissions to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of clients.

What training, classes, experience, or skills development would you recommend to someone who wishes to enter your practice area?

I would recommend taking at least a few tax classes, particularly basic income tax, corporate tax, and partnership tax. A solid understanding of basic corporate law, accounting, and finance principles is also extremely helpful. And it is important to develop strong communication, analytical, and people skills. But, ultimately, for new attorneys, it’s all about being ready to learn and work hard!

What is the most challenging aspect of practicing in this area?

The tax law is exceedingly complex (and voluminous). In addition to black letter law, there are also a number of overlays that must be considered, such as anti-abuse rules and judicial doctrine. The rules are also continuously evolving and, at times, change dramatically. So staying on top of the law requires a lot of dedication and hard work, as well as love of the subject matter. As business organizations and transactions become more complex and global, so do the issues, and, in that environment, it is challenging to develop efficient structures that work to satisfy not only objectives under the tax laws of various jurisdictions but also business and economic objectives.

What do you like best about your practice area?

Practicing tax at Wachtell Lipton has provided me with the opportunity to advise some of the world’s most prominent companies on extremely interesting transactions of critical importance. In tax, we are always working on solving problems, many of which can have significant economic consequences, and trying to come up with creative ways to structure transactions to achieve the best results for our clients. There is nothing more satisfying than working through the intricacies of the tax rules to come up with a fresh and innovative way to accomplish a client’s economic and business objectives in a more tax-efficient way than initially appeared possible.

What misconceptions exist about your practice area?

A prominent misconception is that transactional tax attorneys play a limited role within the broader transaction, focusing solely on their area of expertise and one-off, discrete tax issues as they arise in the relevant context. The reality is that in order to provide top-level tax advice for your client, it is essential to develop a deep understanding of all of the major elements of the transaction, economic and otherwise. So tax attorneys are very much involved in all aspects of the deal.

What is unique about your practice area at your firm?

Wachtell Lipton is one of the world’s leading business law firms, and we handle some of the most complex business transactions, both domestic and international, across industries and for a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to private equity. Since I’ve been at the firm, the business transactions we handle have only become more sophisticated and require a greater level of expertise. Due to our relatively small size and depth of experience, at Wachtell, we are able to tackle this increased complexity in a collaborative setting. When we are faced with a complex problem on a matter, we frequently get together in person—with attorneys from a range of practice areas participating—to brainstorm ideas and creative ways to anticipate and solve problems in a manner that works across functional areas.

Tijana J. Dvornic, Partner—Tax

Tijana J. Dvornic is a partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Tax department. Ms. Dvornic focuses on tax aspects of U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs and other dispositions, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, and financing transactions. Law360 has recognized Tijana as one of the country’s five top tax lawyers under 40.

Ms. Dvornic received a B.B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Michigan. Ms. Dvornic completed a J.D., magna cum laude, at Harvard Law School, where she was the articles editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Following law school, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Priscilla R. Owen in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Dvornic received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 2016 and was awarded the David H. Moses Memorial Prize.

Ms. Dvornic is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.

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