Top Attorney – John E. Williams, Esq.

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Alexandria, VA WW/Press/September 16, 2021 – John E. Williams, Attorney with The Law Offices of John E. Williams, Esq. is recognized and distinguished in the Top Attorneys of North America 2021-2022 edition by The Who’s Who Directories. John E. Williams Attorney

“I listen and learn from my clients.” – John E. Williams, Esq.

John E. Williams is a tax and corporate attorney in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with over 45 years of law practice experience in IRS and state tax controversies and tax collection procedures, structuring and planning for domestic and international corporate, individual, shipping, and real estate ventures and transactions, and handling complex tax controversy/process matters for domestic and foreign parties. Most recently from 1990 — 2000, he served as the Tax Group Head of the Washington Office of Winston & Strawn, one of the top twenty law firms in the United States.

Mr. Williams has experience representing various clients in tax planning for formation, financing, and operation of corporations, partnerships, and other legal entities, including business reorganizations; tax deferred exchange transactions; tax planning for complex financing transactions such as those involving leveraged lease transactions, ship financing and ownership, health care organizations, real estate development and ownership, and Capital Construction Funds; employee benefit and executive compensation matters; qualified retirement arrangements, including IRAs, 401(k)s, SEPs, Keoghs, etc. ; bankruptcy and related substantive and procedural tax relief; and advising on the tax aspects of new financial products.  He also advises on foreign and domestic, individual and corporate international tax planning, including tax aspects of immigration and emigration.  He also advises on the qualification and operation of tax-exempt organizations, including trade associations.

Mr. Williams served as Assistant to Commissioner Rosko Egger of the Internal Revenue Service from 1981 through 1984. In this capacity, he executed responsibility over national tax policy issues and technical tax law issues and administration within the purview of the IRS.  He was substantively involved in virtually all of the tax policy and interpretative positions developed or taken by the IRS in the first half of the 1980s, including debt/equity issues, partnership allocation issues, foreign tax credit issues, FIRPTA, and leasing issues. He received the IRS Commissioner’s Award in 1984, which is the Commissioner’s highest award for service.

He received a B.A. from Yale College in 1968 and was awarded a J.D. from Virginia Law School in 1974, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review editorial board.  He also holds an LL.M. in taxation, which he received from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.  Following law school, Mr. Williams served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Richey, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  He received the IRS Commissioner’s Award in 1984, which is the Commissioner’s highest award for service.

Mr. Williams’ law practice proceeded from national law firms for most of his career, culminating in his role as the Head of the Washington Tax Practice for Winston & Strawn, one of the Nation’s 20 largest law firms, for the decade of the 1990’s.  Mr. Williams now practices throughout the United States and abroad from offices in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Top Attorneys of North America, a New York based publication, distinguishes and profiles leading attorneys who have reached a recognizable degree of success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of the accomplishments within the North American legal community.

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