Practice Areas & Industries: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


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Tax considerations affect every aspect of business, investment and individual income and wealth—and the practice of tax law requires innovation and creativity. Sheppard Mullin's tax attorneys provide sophisticated advice in all areas of corporate, partnership, real estate, and international taxation; employee benefits; executive compensation; private equity and hedge fund formation and operation; debt and equity financing and derivative and hybrid securities; tax-exempt organizations; and estate planning and wealth transfer. Based on our understanding of evolving and complex tax law, we are often able to design sophisticated transactions that are advantageous for our clients.

Because tax issues are integrated into virtually all areas of the firm's practice, our tax attorneys are known for their ability to collaborate. Our tax attorneys regularly work with members of the Corporate, International Business, Entertainment and Media, Finance, Real Estate, Labor and Employment, Bankruptcy, and Intellectual Property practices to advise our clients in structuring transactions that comply with federal, state and foreign tax laws. They also advise clients concerning the taxation of amounts paid or received in litigation.  Areas of taxation handled by Sheppard Mullin tax attorneys include the following:

  • Corporate Tax
  • Real Estate Tax
  • International Tax
  • Hedge Funds and Private Equity
  • Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)
  • Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Entities
  • Estate Planning

In conjunction with the firm's Litigation attorneys, we have also handled tax related matters in state and federal courts and before the United States Tax Court. Our attorneys consistently foster and maintain contacts with government officials and are active in the Tax Sections of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association and County Bar Associations.

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples
Lauren C. Liebes, October 11, 2013
The recent United States Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The ruling greatly expands the estate and tax planning techniques available for married same-sex couples...

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock
D. Matthew Richardson, October 10, 2013
On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the California tax incentives relating to the sale of qualified small business...

IRS, DOL and EBSA Issue Post-DOMA Guidance Regarding Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses
Karin Hunter Johnson,Catherine Risoleo, September 23, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) have recently provided new guidance with respect to how lawfully married same-sex spouses will be treated under federal tax laws, the...