Herbert N. Beller: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Herbert N. Beller

Herbert N. Beller
Of Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Federal Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0100
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Northwestern University, B.S.B.A.
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude Member, Northwestern University Law Review
Admitted1967, Illinois; 1969, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Member, Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (2006-2009)
President, Tannenwald Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship (2001-present)
Chair, Tax Section, American Bar Association (2002-2003)
fellow and Regent, American College of Tax Counsel (2003-2006)
Co-chair, National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs (2003-2006)
Editor-in-Chief, The Tax Lawyer (1993-1996)
Trustee, American Tax Policy Institute (2003-2005)
fellow, American Bar Foundation

BornIllinois, 1943

Herb has practiced tax law in Washington for 45 years, focusing on corporate and other transactional tax planning, tax controversies, IRS National Office representations and exempt organization matters. He successfully guides clients through tax issues in connection with taxable and tax-free acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs and other restructurings involving domestic and foreign entities; negotiates large case settlements with IRS Appeals Offices throughout the country; and litigates cases at the trial and appellate court levels. Herb came to Sutherland as a partner in 1998, and continues to practice with the firm since joining the tax faculty at Northwestern University School of Law in 2009.

Among his many outside professional activities, Herb has served as Chair of the ABA Section of Taxation and as an appointed member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council. Euromoney has named Herb to its U.S. Best of the Best in the area of tax on two separate occasions; and he also has been ranked as a leading tax lawyer for several years by Chambers USA. Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Herb was an adjunct tax professor for many years at Georgetown University Law Center. He has written numerous articles on corporate tax and other tax subjects. Also a CPA, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. of the U.S. Tax Court.

Selected Experience
Sutherland achieves favorable settlements for energy companies in tax controversy matters.
Sutherland settles gift card tax issues for major restaurant chain.
Sutherland represents nonprofit credit counseling bodies in IRS challenges of exempt status.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of tax (2005-2013)

Recipient, Best Tax LLM Professor Award, Northwestern Law School (2010-2011)

Named to Euromoney's U.S. Best of the Best in the area of tax (2006, 2008)


Honorable Theodore Tannewald Jr., U.S. Tax Court

Bar Fellowship: and Regent)

Co-chair, National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs (2003-2006)

Editor-in-Chief, The Tax Lawyer (1993-1996)

Trustee, American Tax Policy Institute (2003-2005)

American Bar Foundation (Fellow)


Honorable Theodore Tannewald Jr., U.S. Tax Court


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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...

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Herbert N. Beller

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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