Steven R. Schneider

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Steven R. Schneider is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Washington, DC office, and leads the Firm's passthroughs tax group. He started his career as a lawyer in the IRS' national office and has had many years of national-level law firm and Big-4 accounting firm experience. Mr. Schneider also previously chaired the ABA Partnership Tax Committee. He has been teaching an advanced tax course on drafting partnership and LLC agreements at Georgetown University Law Center since 2005, is a regular speaker at national tax venues, and has published numerous articles on tax for Taxes: The Tax Magazine, Tax Notes, Bloomberg BNA and Journal of Taxation, among many others.

Practice Focus

Mr. Schneider is a nationally recognized tax lawyer who focuses his practice on transactional, controversy and tax policy matters. He has significant tax experience in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and real estate funds, qualified opportunity funds, cross-border tax, partnerships, real estate, REITs, international investors (including sovereigns), and S corporations.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represents large global real estate funds, developers and institutional investors in federal income tax matters relating to international and domestic real estate acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings.

  • Frequent representation of sovereigns and other tax-sensitive investors in real estate and fund investments.

  • Regularly represents private equity funds in tax structuring, diligence and documentation.

  • Significant representations of multi-national corporations in strategic acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures.

  • Successful representation of clients in significant federal tax controversy matters, including IRS audits and appeals.

  • Represents clients and trade associations in tax legislative matters, primarily relating to real estate and pass-through entity taxation.

Professional Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Tax Section, Past Chair, Parnerships and LLCs


  • U.S. Tax Court~United States (2011)
  • District of Columbia~United States (2005)
  • Missouri~United States (1994)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. with Distinction) (1998)
  • Washington University School of Law (J.D. Order of the Coif) (1994)
  • University of Missouri at Columbia (B.S. summa cum laude) (1991)


Co-author, "Excuse, Excuses, Excuses: Missed REIT-Related Elections and Popular Taxpayer Excuses," September 2018

Co-author, "Accessing International Equity: A Primer on Private REITs in the Hotel Industry," November 2015

Author, "Is Debt vs. Equity Different in a Partnership?," March 2015

Co-author, "Structuring Asian Investments Into US Real Estate," AFIRE News, August 2014

Co-author, "The IRS Did What to the Partnership Debt Allocation and Disguised Sale Rules?!?," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Real Estate Journal, August 2014