Erin Gladney has joined Baker McKenzie as a Partner in its North America Tax Practice, bringing more than 10 years of experience representing taxpayers at all stages of tax controversies, including IRS audits, administrative appeals, and trials in federal courts.
Based in New York, Erin advises clients on a broad range of international and domestic tax issues. She has represented taxpayers on complex corporate tax matters involving substance-over-form issues, economic substance, step-transaction doctrine, debt-equity characterization, and financing and leasing transactions. Erin has also advised on post-trial tax computations, statute of limitations issues, civil tax penalties, transfer pricing, evidentiary privilege issues and summons enforcement. Her experience with IRS administrative proceedings includes advising clients pre-audit, information document request responses, and the representation of taxpayers in examination and IRS Appeals.
"Erin is a top flight tax practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of tax controversy, making her a very valuable addition to our team," said Melinda Phelan, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice. "Erin's broad range of work advising on international and domestic tax issues, including her extensive trial experience, will deepen our bench strength for clients looking for practical, business-minded tax controversy advice and solutions."
Erin has significant experience in the litigation of major corporate cases. She has worked with clients to develop trial strategies, and performed direct examinations of fact and expert witnesses. Erin has prepared testifying fact and expert witnesses for examination at depositions and trial, and negotiated with opposing counsel regarding stipulations of facts, discovery issues, and post-trial tax computations.
"We are strengthening our capabilities in North America even further, by adding top practitioners to our industry leading practices," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's Managing Partner in North America. "Erin brings a level of tax controversy knowledge that will be of tremendous value to our clients, and we are excited to have her on the Baker McKenzie team."
Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice is one of the most highly-rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. The Firm's tax litigators represent clients at all stages of disputes, from managing the flow of information during audits to presenting persuasive arguments in court, appeals and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
"I am thrilled to join Baker McKenzie's highly regarded Tax practice," said Erin. "I look forward to connecting my clients with the Firm's best-in-class tax planning group, and teaming with its leading practitioners to provide clients with seamless, integrated advice on their tax controversy needs."
The US Tax Practice was recently recognized by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers in 2017 as “Tax Law Firm of the Year” and the Firm’s Tax Controversy practice has been ranked as Band One in Chambers USA and Tier One in Legal 500 consistently for the last five years. In addition, the International Tax Review recently recognized the Firm's US and Canada Transfer Pricing practices as Tier One in its annual World Transfer Pricing rankings for 2018.
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets. In New York specifically, the Firm has added 11 partners and counsel in a range of practices. Recent additions include project finance lawyer Emeka Chinwuba, bankruptcy attorney Blaire Cahn, funds lawyer Karl Egbert and employment litigator Meredith Kaufman.Erin received her B.A. from New York University and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.