David F. Abbott: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

David F. Abbott

New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 506 2642

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  • Banking & Finance
  • Life Sciences
  • Tax Transactions & Consulting
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 506 2642
Fax: 212 849 5642
University University of Illinois, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolUniversity at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, J.D., magna cum laude, 1980
Admitted1980, Illinois; (not admitted in NY); 1980, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; (not admitted in NY); 1981, US Tax Court; (not admitted in NY); 2014, US Supreme Court; (not admitted in NY); 2007, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; (not admitted in NY); 2009, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; (not admitted in NY); 2010, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; (not admitted in NY); 2006, US Court of Federal Claims; (not admitted in NY). (Not admitted in New York)

David Abbott is a highly respected tax litigator and transactional lawyer. He advises clients across a broad range of critical issues, with a particular focus on key areas of corporate concern involving tax litigation.

David’s dispute resolution practice emphasizes tax litigation and controversy, as well as bankruptcy disputes. He hasexperience with tax audits and appeals, and represents clients before the Tax Court and the US Court of Federal Claims. David’s current and past cases involve corporate acquisition-related issues, payment of acquisition-related fees and financing-related issues such as debt versus equity characterizations, debt/equity swaps, transfer pricing and tax treatment of leasing transactions, including LILOs and so-called SILOs. In addition, David has represented equity investors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving several leading airlines with respect to aircraft lease Tax Indemnity Agreement claims.

Straddling his tax litigation and transactional work, David has extensive experience with valuations of business enterprises plus tangible and intangible assets. He works regularly with valuation experts to document and justify appraisal conclusions and present or defend them in tax audits and litigation.

On the transactional side, David represents equity investors, lenders and lessees in equipment and real estate leasing transactions such as sale-leasebacks, leveraged and single-investor leasing, cross-border lease arrangements, acquisition and divestiture of leasing portfolios and leasing subsidiaries and related tax-oriented financing structures and debt instruments. His transactional tax counsel also encompasses acquisitions and divestitures, financial products, consolidated return regulations, general corporate taxation and partnership taxation.

Mayer Brown was recently named Tax Controversy Team of the Year in the Legal 500 United States Awards 2014. Mayer Brown is 'among the best' and fields a large team...dedicated exclusively to tax controversy and transfer pricing, said Legal 500 and its sources in the 2014 US edition. The firm's extensive experience spans the full gamut of controversy work, from administrative appeals to litigation in the trial court and at appellate court level.


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David F. Abbott

1675 Broadway
New YorkNY 10019-5820


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