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Kristen E. Hazel

Kristen E. Hazel

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Kristen Hazel (U.S. & International Tax, Chicago) Kristen is a partner and focuses her practice on U.S. and international aspects of federal tax matters, including global restructuring and effective tax rate planning strategies,  international acquisitions and joint ventures, captive insurance companies, and structuring and implementing domestic and international partnership transactions.  Kristen also represents clients before the IRS in a broad range of tax controversy matters.

Kristen has extensive experience in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility.  She is a member of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee and the New Business Committee.

Kristen is a member of the bar of the State of Illinois.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.  She has served on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education, Admission and Competence.  In addition, Kristen chaired the Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax Committee’s International Tax Subcommittee.

Kristen has authored articles on various topics including captive insurance companies, international partnership transactions, working with limited liability companies, working with the intangibles amortization rules and partnership exit strategies.  Kristen is a frequent speaker on international tax topics for various professional organizations such as the Tax Executive Institute, the Chicago Tax Club and Bloomberg BNA.  She is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where she teaches International Taxation of Business Transactions, Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she teaches Taxation of International Transactions, and The John Marshall Law School, where she teaches Taxation of International Transactions and Partnership Taxation.  She served a two-year clerkship with Justice Daniel J. McNamara of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Kristen received her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1988 and her B.A. with distinction from Wayne State University in 1985.

Practice Areas & Industries

  • Captive Insurance and Reinsurance
  • International Tax
  • Pass-Throughs
  • Tax
  • U.S. and International Tax


  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Wayne State University, B.A. with distinction, 1985

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