Michael J. Wilder focuses his practice on corporate and international tax issues. He has extensive experience in structuring corporate mergers and dispositions, spin-offs, liquidations, cross-border transfers and financing instruments, as well as in the areas of consolidated returns, bankruptcy and insolvency tax matters. Michael represents clients in seeking private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and in handling audit and appeals matters. Michael is the leader of McDermott’s Corporate Tax Practice.
Michael has taught advanced international taxation at Georgetown Law School. He also speaks frequently on tax issues.
Previously, Michael worked in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) at the IRS for fourteen years. At the IRS, he reviewed and consulted on guidance projects, technical advice memoranda, private letter rulings, litigation, spin-offs, and other matters concerning corporate tax transactions and issues.
Before his legal career, Michael was a professional chess player. He became the national champion of the United States in 1988 and was awarded the title of international grandmaster in 1989.