Latham & Watkins LLP

Tax: Controversy Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Extensive tax controversy practice which is regularly retained to handle major US Tax Court disputes. Also noted for its experience in high-value claims brought before state and federal appeal courts. Additional focus on multi-jurisdictional fraud investigations. An impressive geographical footprint ensures the team is active in all major US markets, with recent successes on behalf of clients in the technology, media and financial services sectors, among others. Able to draw on expertise from strong benefits, white-collar and appellate practices to support on multidisciplinary matters.

Strengths"They're very thorough and very collaborative, and their clients are put first," appreciates an interviewee.

A third commentator says the firm is "timely, efficient and well coordinated,"highlighting the team's willingness to "go above and beyond for their clients."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Microsoft in a significant transfer pricing matter covering a ten-year period.

Notable practitioners


Brian McManus
is increasingly recognized for his work advising clients on a wide range of tax controversy matters. A source states: "He's very strong on procedural rules and is good at marshaling arguments," adding: "He's careful in turning over every stone and makes sure he understands all the facts and questions that need to be asked."


Jean Pawlow
offers notable expertise in federal and international tax litigation and garners praise for her experience in transfer pricing and state tax issues. A commentator describes her as "a fantastic lawyer and a great advocate," noting: "She's incredibly prepared and knows her stuff inside and out."


Miriam Fisher
chairs the firm's tax controversy group and draws widespread praise for her extensive experience in tax litigation and related appeals. One client states: "She gives thoughtful and straightforward advice."In describing her courtroom skills, another adds: "her opening and closing statements were two of the best I've ever seen," while a further source comments: "She is well known to the judges and has instant credibility."