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Partner Jane Wells May is the global head of the Firm’s Tax Practice. Jane focuses on state and local tax matters. She represents businesses in connection with tax controversies at the audit, administrative and judicial levels around the United States. Her clients include companies in manufacturing, retailing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, energy, technology and insurance industries.

Jane has successfully litigated state and local tax matters raising a variety of statutory and constitutional issues. She has defended numerous internet sellers in several states against cases brought under state whistleblower statutes, including the Illinois False Claims Act, alleging fraudulent failures to collect and remit use tax.

Jane is a co-founder of Tax in the City: A Woman’s Tax Roundtable®, which consists of women tax professionals with an interest in discussing substantive tax issues in a collegial and confidential setting, and which meets regularly in Chicago and New York.

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Professional Memberships

Chicago Bar Association, State and Local Tax Committee

State of Illinois, Director’s Advisory Group



Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, Order of the Coif, 1986

Wittenberg University, BA, with honors, 1980