Morrison & Foerster LLP provides tax advice to clients worldwide in connection with complex general business and transactional matters. We also successfully represent clients in a wide range of domestic and international tax disputes.

The breadth and depth of our tax practice reflects the diverse needs of our clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, middle-market businesses, emerging growth organizations, private equity sponsors, hedge funds, investment banks, and financial institutions.

Our tax lawyers are closely integrated with our other practice groups across the firm, and work with clients to develop practical, value-added solutions to their problems. Our tax partners are also highly recognized within their particular areas of expertise, helping to shape current market practices and serving as thought leaders and innovators across a wide range of industries.

Our three general areas of tax practice include:

  • State + Local Tax ("SALT") – recognized as the leading SALT practice in the United States; we routinely advise clients on the state and local tax implications of corporate transactions and reorganizations, including multistate analyses of mergers and acquisitions; we also handle complex state and local tax audits and controversies in every state and, although we are prepared and able to litigate for our clients as demonstrated by our successful litigations across the country, the vast majority of our clients’ disputes are favorably resolved without the necessity of trial.
  • Federal Tax – operational tax planning and strategic tax advice within a wide range of general business and transactional contexts, including:
    • M&A
    • Private equity
    • Venture capital
    • Investment funds/hedge funds
    • Partnerships and other pass-through entities (including S corporations)
    • REITs / real estate transactions
    • Capital markets / structured finance
    • International taxation / tax treaties
    • Tax equity / tax credits
    • Tax controversies / litigation
    • Non-profit organizations
  • Executive Compensation + ERISA – sophisticated tax advice to companies, boards, and individuals on compensation and benefits issues, with particular expertise in the transactional context; assist with ERISA prohibited transaction issues with respect to investment funds, operating companies and financial institutions; and the design and implementation of executive compensation and retention arrangements.


U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Tax Law (Tier 1):

• Nationwide

• New York

• Washington, D.C.

"The team is outstanding. They are very knowledgeable tax attorneys.” (Chambers 2018)

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