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John B. Magee

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A partner in the tax practice at Morgan Lewis, John Magee focuses on tax controversy with a general emphasis on complex domestic and international issues and a particular emphasis on transfer pricing issues. His transfer pricing experience includes extensive involvement with the identification, valuation, and movement of intangible properties in a wide range of industries. His more than 30 years’ experience includes all aspects of income tax planning, Internal Revenue Service administrative proceedings, and tax litigation. For more information, view John’s bio at


John taught “Introduction to Transfer Pricing” as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program of Georgetown University Law Center for a number of years and speaks extensively in various tax forums. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Tax Counsel.


Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1977; University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1972; Pomona College, B.A., 1966

United States: Tax

US taxes: contentious

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John Magee - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: US taxes: contentious

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles tax controversy matters, transfer-pricing disputes, state and local tax litigation, tax-related class actions and appellate tax litigation. Sanford Stark jointly leads the group and alongside John Magee continues to represent The Coca-Cola Company in a multibillion-dollar notice of deficiency case relating to the company's 2007-2009 transfer pricing; Saul Mezei also works on this matter. Alex Sadler recently secured a complete victory for Hi-Lex Controls in a matter relating to an R&D credit controversy; Jennifer Breen also worked on the case. Associate Terrell Ussing works with The Coca-Cola Company and a global e-commerce company. All of the above-named lawyers are based in Washington DC. The other heads of team are Barton Basett in Silicon Valley and Daniel Nelson in Boston; Thomas Linguanti is notable name in Chicago. Recent arrivals in Chicago include a number of lawyers from Baker McKenzie LLP; Adam Beckerink, Jason Dimopoulos, Michael Liu, Matthew Mock and Joshua Richardson have all joined between August 2017 and January 2018. Sarah-Jane Morin and Cosimo Zavaglia were promoted to partner in October 2018, in San Francisco and New York respectively.

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The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô tax practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP¬†impresses with its ‚Äėvery deep legal knowledge, especially in cross-border transactions‚Äô. Recent examples include Boston-based¬†Dan Nelson¬†working with Australian industrial property group Goodman on its expansion into Brazil and the establishment of a $700m investment platform, the Goodman Brazil Logistics Partnership. Washington DC partners Bill McKee, Scott Farmer¬†and John B. Magee¬†handled the tax aspects of a multi-jurisdictional joint venture for a major entertainment industry client. Elsewhere, New York partners Richard Zarin¬†and Mary Hevener¬†acted for Dr Pepper Snapple Group in its merger with Keurig Green Mountain, resulting in the creation of Keurig Dr Pepper. The Chicago office has expanded its capabilities in domestic and international tax planning and SALT matters with the recruitment of Michael Liu, Matthew Mock¬†and Joshua Richardson¬†from Baker McKenzie LLP¬†in February 2018, and corporate tax planning specialist¬†Larry Axelrod¬†in Washington DC from the offices of Ivins, Phillips & Barker. Associate Meghan McCarthy¬†is recommended for federal and state tax law matters. Sarah-Jane Morin¬†in San Francisco and Cosimo Zavaglia¬†in New York made partner in October 2018.

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