Blake Rubin Esq.

Global Vice Chair

Blake D. Rubin is Global Vice Chair of McDermott Will & Emery’s U.S. & International Tax Group and is also Head of its Washington Tax Practice. With more than 250 practicing tax lawyers, McDermott has the largest law firm tax practice in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., Blake practices in the area of federal taxation, with particular emphasis on matters relating to partnership and real estate taxation. His practice includes planning, policy and controversy matters. He has extensive experience structuring large partnership and real estate transactions, and regularly represents several of the 20 largest U.S. real estate developers and owners in transactional matters. He serves as principal outside tax counsel or does substantial work for three members of the Forbes 400, five publicly traded REITs and a variety of smaller organizations.

Blake is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers in both the tax and real estate categories. Chambers USA described him as “a masterful attorney whose expertise in partnerships and real estate is unparalleled;” “phenomenal for partnership tax issues;” “one of the best at tax structuring;” and “an absolutely sterling individual.” Legal 500 “highly recommends” him as an “industry leader” for both partnership and real estate matters; PLC Which Lawyer? recommends him as “highly regarded;” and Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the top lawyers in Washington, D.C. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in American Law. He has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1999. He is the author of more than 170 professional articles, is a frequent lecturer on tax topics at conferences across the country, and has testified at the invitation of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as an expert on tax issues.

Blake has been active in both the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association. He served as Chair of the 1,600 member District of Columbia Bar Section of Taxation, and twice served as Chair of its Passthroughs and Real Estate Committee. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Real Estate Committee. He serves as Partnership and Real Estate Chair for New York University’s Annual Institute on Federal Taxation. He also serves as Chair of the annual conference on Creative Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions sponsored by the American Law Institute; Chair of the annual Real Estate Tax Forum sponsored by Practicing Law Institute; and Chair of the annual Federal Real Estate Tax Conference sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is General Counsel to the Real Estate Tax Institute, and is past Chair of the Advisory Council of New York University’s Institute on Federal Taxation and of the National Institute on Real Estate Taxation.
He served as Vice Chair of the Tax Policy Advisory Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable, and is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Real Estate Taxation, the Journal of Passthrough Entities, the Tax Management Real Estate Journal, the Washington Tax Review, and the Journal of Taxation of Investments.

Prior to joining McDermott in 2007, Blake was the Chair of the Tax Practice at Arnold & Porter. From 1984 through 1987, Blake served with the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury. He was deeply involved in the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 provisions and administrative guidance affecting partnerships and real estate. Before joining the Treasury Department, Blake practiced in Philadelphia and was an Adjunct Professor in Villanova University’s Master of Laws in Taxation program, where he taught courses on tax planning for real estate transactions.

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1980) cum laude
M.B.A. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1980) with distinction
B.A., Haverford College (1976) 

Blake Rubin is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Real Estate Advisory Board.