Donald J. Fitzgerald: Lawyer with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Donald J. Fitzgerald

Partner, Tax, Employee Benefits & Global; Compensation; Capital Markets
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Distressed Asset
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Financial Services and Banking
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Tax
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Venture Capital
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.291.7420
Fax: 415.291.7474
University University of North Carolina, A.B., 1967 Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolDuke Law School, J.D., 1973; Georgetown University, LL.M., 1977
Admitted1973, District of Columbia; 1979, California; U.S. Tax Court

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Admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Tax Court.

Former adjunct professor, University of San Diego School of Law.


Donald Fitzgerald has been with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP for over 30 years. He served for 16 years in the firm's Washington, DC office as a member of Tax Practice Group and handled tax legislative and regulatory matters. This included proposed legislative formulation, advocacy and commentary on behalf of clients as well as advising clients regarding legislative proposals. and proposed tax regulations. He has applied for and received many private letter rulings from the IRS National Office on behalf of clients.

Mr. Fitzgerald's practice focuses on federal and state income taxation including transactional matters, controversies, administration and regulations, ruling requests and other tax matters. Transactional matters include planning and advising regarding international tax matters as well as U.S. domestic matters. He performs these services for corporations, partnerships and individuals. The industry groups to which these services are rendered are diverse and include financial institutions, real estate, and nonprofits.

Mr. Fitzgerald previously served for five years in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C. He served as assistant to the Chief Counsel and as Assistant Branch Chief (Corporate) in the Interpretative Division. At the time, the Interpretative Division advised other parts of the IRS National Office on policy matters including published and private rulings and tax litigation matters.


Does Service’s Position on Stapled Stock Open a Loophole for Foreign Operations?” Journal of Taxation, June 1979.


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Donald J. Fitzgerald

30th Floor, One Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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