Kent Strader

Kent Strader

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Kent Strader is a counsel in our Firm's North America Tax Practice Group and is based in our San Francisco office. He has extensive experience with California and multistate tax controversies, tax planning and refund opportunities.

Kent has worked with hundreds of multinational companies on tax issues in a broad array of industries, including technology, entertainment, financial services, transportation, health care, utilities, manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical and retail.

Kent has more than 28 years of state and local tax experience. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Kent was a partner at a boutique state and local tax firm in San Francisco. He previously worked at two Big Four accounting firms, where he held various leadership positions, including on the leadership team of a national practice focused on California tax matters; leading the refund review component of that practice; state and local tax leader of the Salt Lake City office; and e-commerce state and local tax consulting leader for the Pacific Northwest area.

Practice Focus

Kent’s practice is directed at state and local tax controversy, transactional, and planning matters. His primary focus relates to California income/franchise tax matters. Kent has extensive experience performing California income/franchise tax refund reviews for multinational companies in a wide variety of industries. He also represents clients in complex tax controversy matters and has successfully resolved controversies at all levels and departments of the California Franchise Tax Board.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Performed successful refund reviews for hundreds of multinational companies in a broad array of industries.
  • Represented taxpayers in various complex tax controversies, related to topics such as nexus, apportionment, business/nonbusiness, unity, net operating losses, credits, penalty and interest abatement.
  • Secured settlements, closing agreements, petitions and legal rulings for taxpayers.


  • California~United States (2020)
  • Illinois~United States (1995)
  • Michigan (inactive)~United States (1994)


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (JD) (1994)
  • Michigan State University (BA) (1990)


  • English
  • Co-Author, “Time on Your Side – California’s Statute of Limitations,” State Tax Notes, June 2009
  • Author, Treatment of Nexus Issues May Require U.S. Supreme Court Review," The Tax Advisor, January 1999
  • Author, "1997 California Tax Legislation," Monthly Statement, Cal. Soc’y of Cert. Pub. Acct., November 1997
  • Author, "Casenote, OSHA’s Air Contaminants Standard Revision Succumbs to Substantial Evidence Test: AFL-CIO v vst Qui Tam Plaintiffs be Allowed in False Claims Act Cases?" 62 U. Cin. L. Rev. 713 (1993)
  • Author, "Comment, Counterclaims Against Whistleblowers: Should Counterclaims Against Qui Tam Plaintiffs be Allowed in False Claims Act Cases?" 62 U. Cin. L. Rev. 713 (1993)