Kevin T. Pearson

Kevin T. Pearson

Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Kevin

Kevin is a partner and the chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. His 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.

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Experience

Experience

  • Represented sPower in a tax equity investment and syndicated construction and term loan facility totaling $786 million. The debt facility, raised by a syndicate of lenders led by KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., will finance a portfolio of nine solar projects in Lancaster, California, with a total nameplate capacity of 339.4 MW.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Tax Law), 2013‑2019
  • Listed among Rising StarsSM by Oregon Super Lawyers® (Tax), 2008-2009
  • 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
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What It Means and What You Should Know,” Stoel Rives seminars, Portland, OR, Feb. 27, 2018; Boise, ID, March 21, 2018
  • Speaker, “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Selected Highlights,” Tax Executives Institute, Feb. 15, 2018
  • Speaker, “Impacts of Tax Law Change on the Wind Industry,” Infocast webinar, Jan. 10, 2018
  • “Financing Uncertainty In A Trump Administration,” North American Windpower, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Structuring a Successful ITC Investment from an Investor’s Perspective,” Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 2017
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Federal Income Tax Law,” Tax Executives Institute, Dec. 7, 2016 
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Federal Income Tax,” OSCPA Northwest Federal Tax Conference, Nov. 7, 2016
  • Speaker, “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
  • “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)
  • Speaker, “Tax Equity Financing for Renewables,” Stoel Rives Webinar, March 16, 2011
  • “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)
  • Speaker, “The Stimulus Bill: Structured Tax Incentives,” Stoel Rives Stimulus Bill Webinar, Nov. 4, 2009
  • “Renewable Energy Aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (coauthor), Biofuels International, March 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: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2003-2018
  • “Tax Issues” (coauthor), The Law of Solar: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Fifth Edition, 2017
  • “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
  • “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
  • Speaker, “New Proposed Anti-Morris Trust Regulations Under IRC § 355(e),” Portland Tax Forum, May 2001
  • “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
  • 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.



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