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Elizabeth J. Stevens
Caplin & Drysdale
Elizabeth J. Stevens Member

estevens@capdale.com

P: (202) 862-5039

F: (202) 429-3301

Washington, D.C. Office

Overview

Elizabeth Stevens is a Member of the Firm and practices in the International Tax, Tax Controversies, and Business, Investment & Transactional Tax groups.

Services

Ms. Stevens' practice centers on international tax planning and advocacy for corporate clients. Matters primarily involve transfer pricing and U.S. outbound and inbound investment planning and structuring.

Illustrations of Ms. Stevens' legal services include:

  • advising corporate clients on transfer pricing planning, documentation, and compliance, including negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements;
  • counseling clients on the implications of the 2017 U.S. tax reform for particular business lines and models and on alternatives for mitigating resulting risk and uncertainty;
  • guiding clients seeking Competent Authority assistance under bilateral income tax treaties and advising on other treaty-related matters, such as the creation and taxation of permanent establishments and eligibility for treaty benefits;
  • evaluating and advising on the tax consequences of multinational enterprises’ restructuring proposals;
  • representing clients in LBO transactions and assisting with the drafting and negotiation of partnership and LLC operating agreements; and
  • representing clients in tax litigation matters and providing strategic guidance in pre-litigation controversies.

Highlights

Previously, Ms. Stevens served as a judicial clerk to Judge Robert A. Wherry, Jr. (Ret.) of the U.S. Tax Court and practiced at a regional law firm in California, where she assisted corporate and individual clients with business transactions, estate planning, employment matters, and civil litigation. Ms. Stevens has also practiced as a litigation fellow at Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, D.C., where she represented plaintiffs in federal court lawsuits involving free speech and religious discrimination claims. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Stevens served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Stevens earned an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and graduated first in her class from California Western School of Law. Before earning her law degree, Ms. Stevens served as a U.S. naval officer. She received her commission through the Navy's ROTC program and holds a degree in international political economy from Georgetown University.

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Awards & Rankings

  • The Legal 500, Recommended 2020

Recent News

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Speaking Engagements

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Recent Publications

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Education

  • LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2014, Harry J. Rudick Memorial Award
  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 2008, summa cum laude
  • B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2002, magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
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