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John J. Clair

John J. Clair

Latham & Watkins LLP

Santa Monica, CA, USA

John J. Clair retired from Partnership on December 31, 2013. Mr. Clair is Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Tax Department. Mr. Clair represents foreign corporations, individual investors, investment banks, private equity sponsors and public companies.


Mr. Clair's practice centers around corporate taxation and specifically involves advising clients on tax issues involved in:

  • Divestitures
  • Financial products and services
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Mr. Clair has written various articles for the Practising Law Institute, Tax Executives Institute, Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law, the California State Bar, the New York City Bar Center and New York University Institute on Federal Taxation.


JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
BA, Brown University, 1968

Bar Qualifications

California, England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer)



Recognition Highlights

Recognized for domestic tax work in The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA.

Cited as a leading tax attorney by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its 2009 "Who's Who in Law" feature.

Recommended attorney in World Tax 2010, a guide to the world's leading tax firms published by International Tax Review.

John J. Clair is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Negotiating Tax Provisions in Merger and Acquisition Agreements - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2017 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018

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