Melinda Phelan

Melinda R. Phelan

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Melinda Phelan is a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee and a principal in Baker McKenzie’s Tax Practice Group in Dallas. With more than 20 years of international tax experience, Melinda advises multinational companies on sophisticated international tax planning and transfer pricing matters. She assists clients in navigating the increasingly complex global tax environment and in optimizing their tax strategy. Melinda has also been involved in numerous domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

Melinda is a frequent speaker on various international tax topics at a variety of conferences, including events sponsored by Tax Executives Institute and Bloomberg BNA.

Practice Focus

Melinda regularly advises US corporations operating overseas, as well as foreign corporations and individuals operating and investing in the United States, on a broad range of international tax issues. Her practice also includes transfer pricing, audit and controversy matters. She advises clients across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, consumer goods, retail and pharmaceutical.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Tax and International Sections
  • Dallas Bar Association,Tax and International Sections


  • Texas~United States (1994)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims~United States (1996)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit~United States (1999)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas~United States (1998)


  • University of the South (B.A., Honors, Phi Beta Kappa,Omicron Delta Kappa) (1991)
  • Tulane University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) (1994)


  • English

Previous Offices

  • Houston