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William F. Nelson

William F. Nelson

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Will Nelson’s practice encompasses all areas of federal taxation, with special emphasis on partnership taxation and tax controversy and litigation matters. Previously chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, Will co-authored the treatise Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 4th edition, 2007) as well as Structuring and Drafting Partnership Agreements: Including LLC Agreements (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 3rd edition, 2003). Will writes on tax law for numerous journals, and he frequently lectures at tax institutes.

Noted as “technically expert, creative, and a terrific tax litigator” as well as a “tremendous thinker who always provides great guidance," Will is named one of the leading practitioners in taxation by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, among others.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Will was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm, where he was a former co-leader of the firm’s tax practice.

Awards and Affiliations

Recognized in Who’s Who Legal (2016) 

Listed, Best Lawyers, Litigation & Controversy — Tax (2012–2015, 2017)

Listed, Best Lawyers, Tax Law (2010–2015, 2017)

Listed, Chambers Global, Tax: Corporate (2001–2016)

Listed, Chambers USA, Tax (2003–2015)

Listed, Chambers USA, Tax Controversy (2006–2016)

Listed, Legal 500, Tax Controversy (2013, 2015) and Tax – Domestic tax (2015)

Listed, International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers (2013)

Listed, Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C. (2007–2014)

Listed, Euromoney’s Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Tax Advisers

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Tax Court

Education

  • Mississippi State University, 1969, Bachelor of Science, High Honors
  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1972, Juris Doctor

Services

  • Tax
William F. Nelson is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Basics of Partnership Basis - Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2017, Friday, June 09, 2017
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