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Diana L. Wollman

Diana L. Wollman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Diana L. Wollman is a partner based in the New York office. Ms. Wollman's practice focuses on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, including tax controversy issues. Ms. Wollman joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2015 after serving as the Internal Revenue Service’s first Director of International Strategy for the agency’s Large Business & International Division, where she was responsible for developing and managing its international strategic program. Her work included improving how the IRS identifies and addresses significant international tax issues, manages and utilizes its institutional knowledge and data, and trains agents; she also worked to improve the collaboration and coordination between the audit division and the Office of Chief Counsel. She represented the IRS on several Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working groups, including those focused on BEPS (the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project), the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices, and the Forum on Tax Administration. Prior to her 2013 appointment to the IRS, Ms. Wollman was a partner in the tax practice of another major international law firm, where she began her career as an associate in 1993. There she built a diverse practice that included federal and New York State tax controversies, complex cross-border transactions, fund and private equity work, and bankruptcy.

Ms. Wollman’s contributions to advancing the dialogue on taxation issues have extended beyond government service and private practice. Since 2000, she has served on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section, which she chaired in 2013 before her appointment to the IRS. She has been a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel since 2009 and is a member of several professional tax organizations. Ms. Wollman also is a former adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where she taught courses in international taxation and ethical issues in tax practice. She frequently has lectured and published on a host of international tax subjects.

Ms. Wollman repeatedly has been recognized for her leading role in the profession, including being named the "Lawyer of the Year" for New York tax litigation and controversy by Best Lawyers in 2013. She also has been ranked or listed by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, International Tax Review Tax Disputes/Controversy Leaders Guide, The Best Lawyers in America and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.

 

Ms. Wollman received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1991 and her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1986. After graduating from law school Ms. Wollman clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Kelleher of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 1991-1992. Ms. Wollman is admitted to the Bar in New York and California (inactive).

Diana L. Wollman is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Who Should Be Ringing Their Hands Over Phones: Wall Street or Washington? - The Corporate Tax Practice Series, Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Interesting Partnership Transactions of 2012 (PowerPoint slides) - The Partnership Tax Practice Series, Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards - Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2017: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Monday, May 01, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards - Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards, Monday, May 01, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards - Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards, Monday, May 01, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2017: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, New York, NY
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