H. Karl Zeswitz: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

H. Karl Zeswitz

Karl Zeswitz Jr.
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Federal Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • International Tax
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Taxation
  • Nuclear
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0518
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Pennsylvania State University, B.S.
Law SchoolDickinson School of Law, J.D., cum laude; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Taxation
Admitted1981, Pennsylvania; 1982, Louisiana; 1987, District of Columbia; 1990, California; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits

Professional Activities
Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Tax Section, District of Columbia Bar
Member, Tax Section, Louisiana State Bar Association
Member, Tax Section, State Bar of California

BornColumbus, Georgia, May 6, 1953

With more than 30 years of experience as an adviser, advocate and mentor in tax law, Karl Zeswitz provides clients with sophisticated tax planning and defends them in tax inquiries and investigations.

Working with domestic and multinational publicly traded, privately held and nonprofit clients, Karl provides advice on corporate and partnership tax planning, tax accounting methods, FIN 48 reporting, worker classifications, financing transactions and consolidated return matters. He helps clients navigate the multiple layers of tax planning in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and recapitalizations for domestic and cross-border transactions, and advises them in corporate joint ventures, venture capital and hedge funds matters, and complex pooling and financing arrangements.

Karl began his law career as a trial attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He now maintains a significant tax controversy practice, handling individual and large case audits and litigation. Because his clients range from high-profile individuals in the entertainment industry to Fortune 50 businesses, Karl frequently manages tax controversies that have adversarial as well as public relations challenges for well-known clients. He appears in tax controversy matters at all administrative government levels (federal, state and local), including before the IRS and U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Justice, and he litigates cases before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Federal Circuits, as well as in trial and appellate courts in state and local jurisdictions across the country.

Karl devotes time to teaching tax law and has served as an adjunct professor in taxation of partnerships, corporate tax, consolidated returns and income tax accounting at Georgetown University Law Center for more than 20 years.

Selected Experience

Sutherland assists clients in securing IRS consent to tax accounting method changes.

Sutherland represents an international organization in obtaining support from U.S.-based entities for its global charitable activities.

Sutherland serves as tax counsel to TE Connectivity Ltd. in $2 billion acquisition of Deutsch Group SAS.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of tax law (2014-2016)


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IRS Establishes 80% Threshold for Energy Companies to Apply When Determining Whether “Substantially All” of a Major Component Has Been Replaced
Herbert N. Beller,Ellen McElroy,Michael D. Resnick,Meghana D. Shah,H. Karl Zeswitz, July 23, 2015
On July 6, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International Division issued a Directive1 to IRS agents regarding how to determine when a major component pertaining to steam or electric generation property has been replaced for purposes of the tangible property regulations. Agents...

New Jersey Creates More Difficult Independent Contractor Test for State Wage Law Purposes
Thomas R. Bundy,Matt Gatewood,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,H. Karl Zeswitz, February 13, 2015
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey articulated the test to be used in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of the state’s Wage Payment Law and Wage and Hour Law. Any company that contracts with independent contractors in New Jersey...
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H. Karl Zeswitz

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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