Jean A. Pawlow

Jean A. Pawlow is a partner in the Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins, and a member of the Tax Controversy Practice.

For nearly 30 nearly, Jean has represented businesses and individuals in significant, and often high-profile, tax controversy matters. She has handled myriad complex issues, including transfer pricing issues under Code section 482, the tax treatment of financial instruments, foreign tax credit and research credit issues, leveraged leases, cross-border withholding, credit card interchange and original issue discount, insurance tax matters, excise taxes, 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 procedures, including Fast Track Settlement, Rapid Appeals, Post-Appeals Mediation, Pre-Filing Agreements, and CAP audits.

Jean is a frequent writer and speaker on tax controversy matters, and has appeared on CBS and CNBC. Jean has been consistently ranked as a leading Tax Controversy lawyer by Chambers USA. As one client noted, “Her standout strength is her deep experience. She works with the biggest clients on the biggest issues. You can’t give her a situation that she hasn't seen before” (Chambers USA 2017). Jean is also a member of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which includes fewer than 500 partners across the US “who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.”

Jean is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and is on the Tax advisory board of San Jose State University Graduate School of Business.

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