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Matthew Schnall

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Schnall, Matt

Matthew Schnall is a versatile tax lawyer who has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in complex tax matters, including tax controversies, transactional planning, administrative rulings and tax regulatory compliance. He has extensive experience with corporate and partnership tax issues, international taxation, state and local taxation, investment management, real estate, and reporting and withholding.

Mr. Schnall’s transactional work includes tax advice on mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and split-offs, equity and debt financings and lending transactions, registered and private investment funds, and business liquidations, restructurings, and workouts. He handles controversies involving federal income, employment and estate taxes, retirement plans, and state income, corporate, sales and use, and property taxes, as well as constitutional issues.

Mr. Schnall has represented clients in tax litigation before the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal and First Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He also practices before various state trial and appellate tribunals, including an extensive practice at the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.

Professional Activities

Mr. Schnall is an Adjunct Professor in the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program and speaks frequently on topics about federal, state and international taxation.

Mr. Schnall is a member of the Boston Tax Forum; the American College of Tax Counsel; the Tax Section of the American Bar Association; the International Fiscal Association; the Tax Section and the State Tax Committee of the Boston Bar Association; the Federal Circuit Bar Association; and the Tax Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized for his exceptional tax practice in the 2004-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America list in 2007-2018 for his tax law practice, and was named Boston Tax Litigation & Controversy Lawyer of the Year for 2014-2015
  • Named among Massachusetts' Super Lawyers from 2005-2015
  • Regarded as one of Boston's Best Lawyers in 2008 and 2009 (the organization's only two listings)
  • Named among the "Leading Lawyers in America" by The Lawdragon 3000 from the inaugural listing in 2006 to the final listing in 2014

Publications & News

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August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 14, 2017

Massachusetts Issues Proposed Regulations Requiring Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax

We previously reported to you that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) had revoked Directive 17-1 requiring the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by Internet vendors that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts. The DOR has now issued proposed regulations substantially similar to Directive 17-1.

July 11, 2017

Massachusetts Revokes Directive Requiring Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax

On June 28, 2017, the Massachusetts Superior Court issued a declaratory judgment ruling that Directive 17-1 was invalid because the DOR had not followed the notice and comment procedures applicable to agency regulations under the Massachusetts Administrative Procedure Act, M.G.L. c. 30A.

June 7, 2017

Massachusetts Requires Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance under which it will require the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by remote sellers that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 8, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Genpact in Acquisition of BrightClaim

Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation for clients, announced that it has acquired BrightClaim and its associated company National Vendor.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

October 8, 2014

Actavis to Acquire Durata Therapeutics, Inc.

On October 6, 2014, WilmerHale client Durata Therapeutics announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Actavis plc under which a subsidiary of Actavis will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Durata common stock.

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Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1993

AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1990

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Federal Claims

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