Jeffrey A. Friedman: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Jeffrey A. Friedman

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • State and Local Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Media & Telecommunications Transactions
  • Insurance
  • Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
  • Digital Economy
  • Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0718
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Maryland, B.S.
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, Managing Editor, The Business Lawyer, J.D., with high honors; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., with distinction
Admitted1995, Maryland; 2004, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center's State and Local Tax course offered as part of its LL.M. program
Faculty Member, Council On State Taxation Income Tax School
Faculty Member, Tax Executives Institute's State and Local Tax School

BornNewark, New Jersey, June 7, 1967

Honored as “Tax Lawyer of the Year” in 2011 by State Tax Notes, Jeff Friedman provides sophisticated state and local tax planning, strategic advice and advocacy to numerous Fortune 100 and industry-leading companies. His comprehensive practice includes state and local tax planning, compliance, legislation and policy, and litigation and controversy matters involving income, franchise, sales and use and property taxes. Jeff's clients span a variety of industries, including e-commerce, energy, technology and telecommunications.

A recognized thought leader on state and local tax issues, Jeff works on high-profile and precedent-setting litigation and controversy matters across the country. These matters impact critical questions on nexus, apportionment, the Multistate Tax Compact and the equal protection, due process and commerce clauses of the United States Constitution. Jeff is also a well-respected advocate on issues of tax policy, including the taxation of digital economy transactions.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Jeff was a partner in KPMG's Washington national tax practice; served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Tax Policy, where he assisted with the development of the U.S. government's position on domestic and international electronic commerce tax issues; and served as vice president and counsel of the Committee (now Council) On State Taxation (COST).

Selected Experience

Sutherland wins constitutional challenge of “excise tax,” which federal court affirms on appeal.

Sutherland advises leading online retailer about state tax issues.

Sutherland saves Fortune 100 tech firm $70 million in potential Washington State sales tax liability.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Law360 as Tax MVP of the Year (2014)

State Tax Notes “Tax Lawyer of the Year” (2011)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of tax (2012-2015)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of tax (2012, 2015) and tax controversy (2011-2012, 2015)


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Louisiana: Get Your Amnesty Before It's Gone!
Michele Borens,Jonathan A. Feldman,Jeffrey A. Friedman,Todd A. Lard,Carley A. Roberts, October 30, 2015
Louisiana will offer a tax amnesty from November 16, 2015 to December 15, 2015. Taxpayers that agree to pay delinquent taxes will receive a waiver of 33% of penalties and 17% of interest. The 2015 program applies to taxes due prior to January 1, 2015, for which the Louisiana Department of Revenue...

Bad Day for California as TTA Sales Tax Exemption for Software Is Broadly Reaffirmed by Appellate Court - Will Taxpayer Refund Claims Now Move?
Michele Borens,Jonathan A. Feldman,Jeffrey A. Friedman,Todd A. Lard,Carley A. Roberts, October 15, 2015
In a significant rebuff of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), the California Second District Court of Appeal held that a manufacturer’s sale of software on tangible media was exempt from sales tax under the technology transfer agreement (TTA) statutes. Lucent Technologies, Inc....

Wynne's First Casualty: First Marblehead Corp. v. Commissioner
Michele Borens,Jonathan A. Feldman,Jeffrey A. Friedman,Todd A. Lard,Carley A. Roberts, October 14, 2015
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in First Marblehead Corp. v. Commissioner of Revenue1 (First Marblehead) and remanded the case back to the court for reconsideration in light of the holding in Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne.2...

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Jeffrey A. Friedman

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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