William Goldman


William L. Goldman is senior counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office.  He focuses his practice on federal and state tax controversy matters, including both administrative representation and litigation.  His practice has emphasized appellate litigation, and he has argued more than 50 cases in courts of appeals, including federal circuit courts, state supreme courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the federal tax area, Mr. Goldman has handled a wide range of corporate issues, including valuation issues.  He has also done a substantial amount of work in the consolidated return area and was chairman of the Committee on Affiliated and Related Corporations of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.

In the state tax area, Mr. Goldman has worked extensively on unitary tax issues, including the taxation of payments from unitary subsidiaries and the state tax implications of the federal tax provisions applicable to multi‑corporate groups.  Mr. Goldman worked on both the ASARCO and Woolworth cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and argued the Woolworth case before the Court.

After serving in the United States Army, Mr. Goldman was a lawyer in the Appellate Section, Tax Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice (1968-1972).

Mr. Goldman was nationally ranked as a leading tax litigation lawyer in the 2010 and 2011 editions of Chambers USA and was identified as one of the leading lawyers in the tax controversy field in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Legal 500 United States.  He also was selected for inclusion in the Corporate Tax section of the 2009 edition of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

LL.B., Harvard Law School (1965) cum laude
B.A., Cornell University (1962) 

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:
1130 T.M., Income Taxes: Consolidated Returns and Combined Reporting (co-author)