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Wed 18 October 2023 News & Press

New York, NY October 19th, 2023 — McLaughlin & Stern LLP, one of the top law firms based in New York City, is proud to announce that John Barrie has been named the new Chair of the firm’s tax department.  McLaughlin & Stern’s tax group provides advice and assistance regarding international, federal, state and local income, estate, gift and other taxes, in commercial, individual, not-for-profit and estate contexts. Firm clients range from large multinational corporations to individuals and families, many of whom reside or have interests outside the United States.

John’s existing tax practice has a very broad range, including valuation issues (valuation of art (including dealing with the IRS Art Valuation Panel) and the valuation of closely-held business entities), conservation easement deduction issues, excise tax issues, summons enforcement, offshore voluntary disclosure,  representation of accounting firms before the IRS and Office of Professional Responsibility, as well as various technical Internal Revenue Code interpretation and documentation issues.

John graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science, from University of California – Hastings College of Law, with a JD, and New York University, with a Master of Laws in Taxation.  He is admitted to practice in New York, California, District of Columbia and Missouri.  After serving as an Attorney-Advisor to Judge Leo H. Irwin, United States Tax Court and engaging as a partner in an international law firm for over 25 years, he joined McLaughlin & Stern as a partner and chair of the Tax Practice Group, in 2022.  His practice involves all phases of both a federal and SALT tax controversy tax practice as well as an extensive domestic and cross-border tax transactional practice.

John has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center where, among other courses, he has annually taught a M&A Tax Planning Seminar (Tax Planning for Corporate Acquisitions) and an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School where he has taught courses on Tax Litigation, S Corporations and Corporate Tax for many years.

John has had leadership roles in a number of State and National Tax Organizations, including the American Bar Association Section Taxation (past-vice chair of the section, past council director (committee oversight included  SALT, pro bono, estate and gift, and fiduciary tax), and past chair of various committees (including committee on government submissions, committee on IRS Liaison meetings, committee on affiliated and related corporations) as well as a speaker or moderator on various tax section programs; the American College of Tax Counsel (a Fellow and Regent (for the Second Federal Judicial  Circuit); National Association of State Bar Tax Sections (board member and past chair);  District of Columbia Tax Section (past chair (best section award); New York City Bar Committee on Taxation of Business Entities (past chair); member of the Southeast Regional IRS Liaison Group (meets annually in Washington DC); and member of the Forum on International Tax and Disputes (meets annually in the United Kingdom).  He is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers (Tax/Tax Controversy).

About McLaughlin & Stern

McLaughlin & Stern, established in 1898, is one of New York’s most distinguished law firms. The firm provides a diverse range of sophisticated legal services to businesses and individuals and has particular expertise in corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, hedge funds, corporate finance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, employment law, trusts and estates, real estate, intellectual property, bankruptcy and reorganization, tax, family and matrimonial law, health care law, art law, environmental law, maritime law, international law, and other private client matters. 

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