Kevin T. Pearson
Partner
Portland, OR
(503) 294-9622 Direct
(503) 220-2480 Fax

ktpearson@stoel.com


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Kevin T. Pearson

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Kevin is a partner whose practice focuses principally on federal income tax law, including both transactional matters and tax controversy matters. As part of his transactional practice, Kevin regularly advises clients regarding all aspects of corporate taxation, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings and other corporate finance transactions, consolidated return issues, and general corporate tax issues. He also regularly represents clients with respect to partnership, S corporation and limited liability company transactions and tax issues, as well as choice-of-entity issues, tax accounting issues, and general tax planning issues. Kevin frequently represents clients in renewable energy financing transactions, particularly those involving the federal production tax credit. In addition, Kevin advises both taxable and tax-exempt health care clients with respect to all types of tax, business and financial matters. As part of his tax controversy practice, Kevin regularly represents taxpayers in IRS audits and administrative appeals, deficiency litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, and refund litigation in U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Tax Law), 2013-2014
  • Listed among Rising StarsSM  by Oregon Super Lawyers® (Tax), 2009
  • Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tax and Business Law Sections, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Tax Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Portland Tax Litigation Club, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Linfield College Alumni Association

Presentations

  • "Taxation of Equity Compensation," Health Care Reform and Advanced Employee Issues, Stoel Rives LLP Seminar, May 2013
  • Speaker, "Tax Howlers and Nonpayment Penalties" Oregon State Bar Association, Oct. 21, 2011
  • Speaker, "Choice of Entity," Alaska Bar Association, Oct. 7, 2011
  • Faculty, "In-Depth Tax Planning for Renewable Energy Projects," EUCI, Sept. 26, 2011
  • Speaker, "Tax Equity Financing for Renewables," Stoel Rives Webinar, Mar. 16, 2011
  • Speaker, "The Stimulus Bill: Structured Tax Incentives," Stoel Rives Stimulus Bill Webinar, Nov. 4, 2009
  • Speaker, "New Proposed Anti-Morris Trust Regulations Under IRC § 355(e)," Portland Tax Forum, May 2001
  • Speaker, various continuing legal education and other seminars regarding a wide variety of tax issues, including tax considerations in choosing a form of business entity; tax aspects of corporate reorganizations and other corporate transactions; tax considerations in partnership, S corporation and real estate transactions; tax planning for equity compensation; and ethical rules governing tax practitioners.

Publications

  • "Section 6 – Financing" (coauthor), Case Study: A Wind Development Project in the State of California, Stoel Rives LLP, June 2011 (PDF - available in English and Chinese)
  • "Choice of Corporate Structure and Entity" and "Tax Issues," The Law of Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2011 (formerly The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy)
  • "Renewable Energy Aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" (coauthor), Biofuels International, Mar. 2009
  • "Investing in Renewable Energy: Investment by Non-Utilities in Electric Generation Can Have Far-Reaching Tax Benefits" (coauthor), The Energy and Utilities Project: Innovation for the Future (vol. 5), 2005
  • "Tax Issues" (coauthor), The Law of Wind, Stoel Rives LLP, 2005
  • "Tax Issues" (coauthor), Lava Law: Legal Issues in Geothermal Energy Development, Stoel Rives LLP, 2004
  • "The 2003 Confidential Transaction Tax Shelter Regulations: Another Chapter in the Disclosure and List Maintenance Regulations Saga" (coauthor), Corporate Taxation, May/June 2004
  • "Tax Issues" (coauthor), The Law of Wind: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2003
  • "The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: Important Tax-Related Issues" (coauthor), Tax Executives Institute, Oct. 2002
  • "What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know About Tax," Oregon State Bar Young Lawyers Division, Oct. 2002
  • "Corporate Reorganizations: Basic Concepts, Emerging Issues, and Unique Reorganizations" (coauthor), Oregon State Bar Tax Institute, June 2000
  • "Equity Compensation: Basic Concepts and Emerging Issues" (coauthor), Tax Executives Institute, Apr. 1999

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation, 1998
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1996, summa cum laude
    Articles Editor, Gonzaga Law Review, 1995-1996
    National Moot Court
  • Linfield College, B.S., 1992

Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court

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