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).
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 (2012-2016)
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of tax (2012, 2015) and tax controversy (2011-2012, 2015)