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Thomas Kittle-Kamp

Thomas Kittle-Kamp

Mayer Brown LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


"extremely confident and persuasive in the courtroom and a pleasure to work with" Chambers USA 2008

Since joining Mayer Brown in 1990, Tom Kittle-Kamp has represented clients in all phases of tax controversy and litigation. His litigation experience includes the trial and appeal of major corporate cases involving Section 482 allocations, substance-over-form theories, intangible assets, debt-equity characterization, valuation disputes, capitalization questions, Subpart F and other international tax issues, Subchapter C issues, and leasing transactions. Tom also maintains an extensive practice of advising and representing clients with respect to administrative matters, including IRS audits, IRS Appeals (including Fast Track and appeals mediation procedures) and competent authority negotiations. He also represents corporate clients with respect to tax-sharing disputes.

Tom has deep experience in all aspects of international transfer pricing, particularly matters involving intangible assets and intellectual property. He provides tax planning advice with respect to cross-border transactions involving intangible assets, goods and services; transfer-pricing documentation; and the development, exploitation and disposition of intangible assets, including licenses, sales and cost-sharing arrangements. He is co-author of the treatise Federal Income Taxation of Intellectual Properties and Intangible Assets (Warren, Gorham & Lamont 1997), which is updated twice a year. Before law school, he worked for several years as a newspaper reporter.

According to Chambers USA, Tom is "extremely confident and persuasive in the courtroom and a pleasure to work with." According to Legal 500, Tom is "a very rare combination - a subtle courtroom advocate and a real tax expert." Tom has been recognized by Chambers USA from 2008 through 2012, by Legal 500 from 2008 through 2012, by the International Tax Review Tax Controversy Leaders guide for 2011 and 2012, and by the Euromoney 2010 "Guide to theWorld's Leading Tax Advisors."

News & Publications

  • "Massachusetts District Court Explores the United States’ Burden of Proof Argument on Deductions of Government Settlements," Mayer Brown Legal Update, 21 May 2013
  • "US Ninth Circuit Reverses Course in Xilinx, Rejects IRS Effort to Require Cost Sharing of Employee Stock Options," Mayer Brown Legal Update, 24 March 2010
  • "Ninth Circuit Reverses Tax Court in Xilinx, Rules IRS Administrative Position Contrary to Arm’s Length Standard," Mayer Brown Legal Update, 29 May 2009
  • "Federal Income Taxation of Intellectual Properties & Intangible Assets," (Warren, Gorham & Lamont 1997)
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