Pilar Mata: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Pilar Mata

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • State and Local Tax
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0116
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of San Diego, B.B.A., cum laude; San Diego State University, M.S., with honors
Law SchoolUniversity of California at Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall, J.D.
Admitted2000, California; District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Chair, State and Local Tax Subcommittee, District of Columbia Bar Association


State and local budget deficits have caused taxing authorities to become aggressive on audit, resulting in substantial assessments. Pilar Mata, a certified public accountant and tax attorney, provides clients with strategic advice and represents them state and local tax controversies throughout the country. With more than 12 years of tax litigation experience, she represents clients in tax controversies at the audit, administrative, trial and appellate levels.

With a comprehensive knowledge of franchise, income, telecommunications, gross receipts, sales and use taxes, Pilar guides her clients through state-specific issues and provides strategic multistate advice and representation. Pilar helps her clients plan for the state and local tax consequences of complex business transactions and monitors tax developments and legislation. She represents clients nationwide and has extensive California litigation experience. Before joining Sutherland, Pilar was an attorney with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Selected Experience
Sutherland represents Comcast Corporation in California franchise tax dispute.
Sutherland SALT team successfully appeals Microsoft's characterization of software sales for income tax purposes.
Sutherland wins constitutional challenge of “excise tax,” which federal court affirms on appeal.


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Prove It!: Illinois Cook County Circuit Court Finds That Relator Failed to Meet Burden Under the Illinois False Claims Act
Nicole D. Boutros,Pilar Mata, November 28, 2014
The Illinois Cook County Circuit Court held that an Illinois law firm (the Relator) that filed a qui tam lawsuit against a taxpayer failed to meet its burden to prove the taxpayer knowingly failed to collect and remit Illinois use tax, as required under the Illinois False Claims Act. The taxpayer...

Access Denied: Pennsylvania Rules Company Not Entitled to Its Own Tax Records
Ted W. Friedman,Pilar Mata, November 3, 2014
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR) determined that the City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue (City) was not required to provide use and occupancy tax forms and documentation in the City’s possession relating to alleged unpaid use and occupancy taxes in response to a...

Cloud-Based Services Not Subject to Georgia Sales and Use Tax
Jessica L. Kerner,Pilar Mata, October 3, 2014
The Georgia Department of Revenue determined that a company’s cloud-based applications and related services are not subject to Georgia sales and use tax. The company maintains and operates hardware and software on servers located outside of Georgia that it uses to support its customers’...

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Pilar Mata

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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