Odintz, Joshua D

Joshua D Odintz

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Joshua Odintz is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s North America Tax Practice Group. Mr. Odintz has over 14 years of tax experience, having served in high-level government positions in the US Department of the Treasury and the Senate Finance Committee. He was previously a senior adviser for tax reform to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury as well as acting tax legislative counsel, and chief tax counsel to the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, where he was instrumental in formulating the tax proposals contained in the report titled the Moment of Truth. He is a frequent speaker at ABA Tax Section, NY State Bar Tax Section, Practicing Law Institute and Federal Bar Association tax meetings and conferences. Mr. Odintz was recognized in Washingtonian Magazine among Washington, DC Top Lawyers (Tax Law) in 2015.

Practice Focus

Mr. Odintz focuses on tax controversy and tax policy matters. He advises clients on domestic and international tax controversy matters from audit and administrative appeals through litigation. He has handled cases involving transfer pricing, tax accounting, privilege and work product, among others.

Mr. Odintz has extensive experience representing clients under investigation by the US Congress, including the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He assists clients during all phases of investigation, including responding to information and document requests, witness interviews, and hearings.

Mr. Odintz also represents clients before the US Department of the Treasury and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. He advises domestic and foreign entities on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and OECD Common Reporting Standard (CRS) issues, including the FATCA and CRS status of entities, reporting, documentation and FATCA withholding.

Representative Legal Matters

  • United States v. ChevronTexaco Corp. (N.D. Cal.)
  • UnionBanCal Corp. v. Commissioner (9th Cir.)
  • In re MCI WorldCom
  • Kmart Corp. v. Taxation and Revenue Department (NM)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Professional Sub-Committee Chair, Court Practice Subcommittee, Tax Section (May 2004 - March 2007)
  • State Bar of California - Member
  • District of Columbia Bar - Vice Chair, Committee on Tax Audits (2006 - 2007)
  • District of Columbia Bar - Tax Section


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit~United States (2002)
  • District of Columbia~United States (2002)
  • U.S. Tax Court~United States (2001)
  • U.S. Supreme Court~United States (2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California~United States (1995)
  • California~United States (1995)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. Taxation with Distinction) (2000)
  • California Western School of Law (J.D.) (1995)
  • University of California at San Diego (B.A. Political Science) (1992)


  • English