Biography

Peter L. Faber is a partner in the New York office of the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.  He specializes in state and local tax matters, including planning, administrative proceedings, and litigation.

Mr. Faber’s state and local tax practice has included tax planning for corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings; combined report planning; electronic commerce and nexus issues; cloud computing issues; residence matters; alternative apportionment issues; and a variety of other matters.  He has litigated many cases before state and local administrative agencies and courts and has represented taxpayers at all levels of the administrative controversy and ruling process, including Attorney General investigations and False Claims Act proceedings.  He has also represented companies and industry groups in legislative and regulatory matters.  His clients include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, MetLife, Aetna, and The New York Times Company.  He is a member of the Firm’s State and Local Tax Practice Group, that includes SALT specialists around the Country and that, among other matters, successfully represented the taxpayers in the landmark Quill, ASARCO, and Woolworth cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Faber has served as Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and is a member of the Section's Committee on State and Local Taxes.  He is a former Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section.  Mr. Faber has served as a member of the Governor's Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities and as Chairman of the New York City Partnership’s Committee on Taxation and Public Revenue.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Partnership.

He has served on the New York State Tax Reform Commission, the Governor's Temporary Commission to Review the New York Sales and Use Tax Laws, and the New York State Legislature's Tax Study Commission's Policy Advisory Group.  He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committees of the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal, the New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and the New York City Department of Finance. 

Mr. Faber has lectured on state and local taxation at the Georgetown University Institute on State and Local Taxation, the National Institute on State and Local Taxation, the Committee on State Taxation (COST), the Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, the National Tax Association, The NYU Annual Institute on State and Local Taxation, the National Conference of State Tax Judges, the Multistate Tax Commission, and before many other professional groups.  He is a member of the Advisory Committees of the Georgetown and NYU Institutes.  He is the author of many articles on state and local taxation.

Mr. Faber graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors and from Harvard Law School, cum laude.