Paul Dau focuses his practice on complex international transactions involving intangibles, and on the resolution of federal tax controversies, from pre-audit preparation through litigation. He has represented clients in disputes before the US Tax Court, US courts of appeals, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Appeals Division and the IRS National Office in a broad variety of matters. Paul has extensive experience with all aspects of cross-border use of intangibles, including overlaps and conflicts between financial statement and tax valuations and disclosures, as well as the interactions between tax and intellectual property law. He also represents clients in intellectual property (IP) litigation relating to patents.

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  • Completed an advanced pricing agreement for a high-technology company relating to an acquisition valued at more than $1 billion
  • Implemented a complex field-of-use cost sharing arrangement for a high-technology client
  • Completed a multi-country functional analysis to address the ongoing restructuring of a Fortune 50 consumer products company

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  • McGill University, Prince of Wales Gold Medal and the Dow-Hickson Scholarship in the Humanities
  • University of Pittsburgh, Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship
  • The Legal 500
  • World Tax, International Tax Review 2018


University of California – Davis School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barrister, 1992
University of Pittsburgh, PhD, 1980
McGill University, Montreal, BA, 1973


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