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We guide our clients through the intricate tax laws of today with an eye toward maximizing benefits, reducing risk and resolving uncertainty.

Our approach

Tax law is complex and constantly evolving.

Companies are looking for strategic partners to provide clear and decisive answers to their tax questions—from resolving controversies and facilitating complex transactions to developing sound tax planning strategies.

Moving quickly and efficiently, we use our business perspective to help clients meet their business objectives.

Our experienced, creative tax attorneys not only monitor, but influence new developments in the tax laws and consistently deliver practical, understandable advice to our clients—from domestic, multinational, multistate and small to middle-market businesses, to nonprofit organizations, estates, trusts and individuals.

We have a deep knowledge of tax law in the following areas:

  • Employee benefits
  • Tax-exempt entities
  • Real estate
  • Syndication
  • Public finance
  • Tax litigation
  • Personal tax planning
  • Estate and trust tax planning

Who we work with

  • Financial institutions
  • Multistate corporations
  • Private clients
  • Middle-market businesses (technology, biotechnology, media, health care, etc.)
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Operating businesses
  • International corporations
  • Individuals in the U.S. and abroad
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofits
  • Private equity/venture capital firms

Recent Experience

  • Served as tax counsel for a $500 million tax-free merger of two public companies
  • Won a California client’s tax case against the IRS on summary judgment, avoiding a lengthy trial and favorably resolving the issue for future years
  • Structured and drafted partnership agreements for operating businesses, investment funds, venture funds, leveraged buyout funds, hedge funds and real estate development ventures
  • Designed and completed the post-merger integration and streamlining of two major industry trade associations
  • Structured a complex recapitalization and redemption of stock of a large, privately held multinational corporate group in the manufacturing sector
  • Designed a practical 50-state sales tax compliance strategy for an Internet-based business
  • Obtained IRS Private Letter Rulings and similar assurances from state and local tax authorities
  • Defended clients in: IRS audits, at the IRS Appeals Office, federal tax litigation, state tax audits and litigation in numerous states, and state unclaimed property audits and negotiations
  • Represented clients making voluntary disclosures of offshore accounts to the IRS


  • Recommended as one of the “leading tax firms in the world” in the 6th edition of Tax Directors Handbook 2012, compiled by the publishers of The Legal 500 and Legal Business Magazine.

Media Clips

  • People on the Move
    Washington Business Journal | July 15, 2014
    This coverage notes that Washington, DC, Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Christian McBurney has been elected chair of the Tax Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
  • Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Following This Week
    Law360 | July 10, 2014
    Gannett Co., Inc.’s acquisition of seven Texas television stations from London Broadcasting Company for $215 million is highlighted among the top deals this week. Nixon Peabody represented Gannett. The deal team noted in the coverage includes Public Company Transactions practice group leader John Partigan, Labor & Employment partners Brian Kopp and Michael Hausknecht, Tax partner Christian McBurney, Antitrust partner Gordon Lang and counsel Alycia Ziarno, and associates Tiana Butcher and Pierce Han.
  • Versar picks up J.M. Waller
    The Deal | July 2, 2014
    Client J.M. Waller Associates’ sale to Versar, Inc. is highlighted in this piece. The coverage notes J.M. Waller’s legal team led by securities practice group leader John Partigan and includes partners Brian Kopp and Christian McBurney; associate Pierce Han; and paralegal Alicia Rotella.
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  • Do Teleworkers Cause Tax Trouble?
    Forbes | November 14, 2013
    This article references Nixon Peabody’s Tax Blog post about teleworking employees that could subject an employer to new corporate income taxes.
  • Commission Aims to Overhaul State's Tax Code
    State House News Service | September 17, 2013

    Boston public finance counsel Navjeet Bal, former Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, have been named to the Tax Fairness Commission which was created to review Massachusetts’ complex tax code.

  • Tax Court: Religious organization not liable for employment taxes
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report | July 2, 2013

    This article notes the U.S. Tax Court’s ruling in Kadimah Chapter Kiryat Ungvar v. Commissioner finding that a tax-exempt religious organization was not liable for employment taxes and associated penalties because no employer-employee relationship existed. Kadimah was represented by Washington, DC, Tax partner Ken Silverberg, Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez, and Washington, DC, business associate Rob Trott.

  • Gannett Agrees to Buy Belo for $1.5 Billion
    New York Times | June 13, 2013

    This coverage notes that Nixon Peabody counseled the Gannett Company in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Belo Corporation, a deal that almost doubles Gannett’s television operations.

  • Fleeing Abroad May Not Cut Your Taxes
    Barron's | March 4, 2013

    Boston private clients partner Jay Rosenbaum discusses rising international anxiety about the increasing tax burden.

  • Réforme des impôts: l'exil fiscal, une réalité difficile à quantifier
    L'Express (France) | October 14, 2012

    Paris Global Tax partner Jean-Sébastien Dumont provides commentary in this feature article addressing tax reform.

  • Au nom du patriotisme fiscal
    C dans l'Air de France 5 | July 18, 2012

    Paris global tax partner Jean-Sébastien Dumont participates in a live interview on this evening news program discussing “fiscal patriotism.”


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Health Care Alert | March 9, 2015

Now is the Time to Consider Wealth Transfer Opportunities
Private Clients Alert | February 26, 2015

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D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings grants stay in four Chainbridge cases
Tax Alert | February 2, 2015

Tax Court finds predictive coding effective, not taxing
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Alert | October 10, 2014

1099-related IRS notices remind taxpayers that FATCA isn't the only withholding provision to consider
Tax Alert | August 20, 2014

Could the Massachusetts tax amnesty program be a boon for your business?
Tax Alert | July 28, 2014

Still considering a voluntary disclosure to the IRS? This may be a good time to do it.
Tax Alert | April 1, 2014

New legislative tax proposal targets state and local government pension funds
Private Equity Tax Alert | March 26, 2014

The START-UP NY Program—New York State approves eight eligible "tax-free" zones
New York Law Alert | March 24, 2014

State income tax on directors' fees: don't create personal tax problems for your board members!
Tax Alert | March 14, 2014

Private equity funds need not fear tax consequences of Sun Capital, but should they be concerned about where the IRS might take it?
Private Equity Alert | November 18, 2013

START-UP NY: overview of implementing regulations and next steps for colleges, universities and businesses
New York Law Alert | November 1, 2013

China to implement nationwide expansion to VAT pilot program
Asia Pacific Alert | August 1, 2013

The START-UP NY Program — Developing College Campuses as Engines of Economic Expansion
New York Law Alert | June 28, 2013

SEC charges South Miami with fraud focusing on status of federal tax exemption of interest on bonds
Public Finance Alert | May 31, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveils major economic development initiative offering tax benefits to businesses operating on or near select college and university campuses
New York Law Alert | May 30, 2013

Hospitals must satisfy both NYS Community Service Plan (CSP) and federal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) requirements—timing may be challenge
Health Law Alert | May 21, 2013

The door closes for "quiet disclosures"
Tax Alert | May 17, 2013

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extends the New Markets Tax Credit two years and with $7 billion
Tax Credit & Syndication Alert | January 4, 2013

The new medical device excise tax: Four things to consider before 2013
Tax Alert | November 16, 2012

Webinar Recording: Investors and Advisors Prepare Now: The New Medicare Contribution Tax is Coming
Originally recorded September 27, 2012 | October 1, 2012

2013 Tax changes: Medicare tax
Private Clients Alert | September 28, 2012

Massachusetts relaxes rules for employer health care reform contributions
Benefits Alert | August 30, 2012

Another win for a District of Columbia taxpayer—and a reminder that a taxpayer cannot be taxed without first satisfying state law
Tax Alert | August 8, 2012

IRS survey of 401(k) plans reveals trends in 401(k) plan design
Benefits Alert | June 11, 2012

IRS issues cloudy clarification of vesting rules
Benefits Alert | June 7, 2012

Good news for health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
Benefits Alert | June 1, 2012

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act: U.S. payors need to act now to avoid taxation later
Tax Alert | May 31, 2012

Will your products be subject to the new 2.3% Federal Excise Tax on "taxable medical devices" next year?
Tax Alert | May 23, 2012

Tax burden analysis on BT-VAT pilot reform in Shanghai
Asia-Pacific Alert | May 10, 2012

IRS issues proposed regulations on excise tax imposed on sponsors of health plans
Benefits Alert | April 20, 2012

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