Overview


Diann Smith focuses her practice on state and local taxation and unclaimed property advocacy. Diann advises clients at any stage of an issue, including planning, compliance, controversy, financial statement issues and legislative activity. Her goal is to find the most effective method to achieve a client’s objective regardless of when or how an issue arises. Diann emphasizes the importance of defining a client’s objective – whether it is finality of a frequently audited issue, quick resolution of a stand-alone tax liability, or avoiding competitive disadvantages in the application of a tax. The defined objective then governs the choice of the path to a solution.

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Results


  • On behalf of Microsoft, won a pivotal case in the District of Columbia challenging the jurisdiction’s transfer pricing audit methodology
  • On behalf of a Firm client, obtained a complete settlement concession from the District of Columbia resulting in zero additional tax due on transfer pricing audit

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Recognitions


  • The Legal 500
  • 2017 Award of Merit, Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO)

Community


  • Council on State Taxation Practitioner Connection
  • Volunteer at the DC Bar Landlord Tenant Resource Center
  • Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization, co-chair of the Government Relations Advocacy Committee

Credentials


Education
Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 1991
Miami University, BA, 1985

Admissions
District of Columbia
New York

Courts / Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Ohio

Diann Smith

Insights & Events / Media

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / July 30, 2019

San Francisco, CA / Speaking Engagements / July 25, 2019

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / May 8, 2019

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / April 17, 2019

New Orleans, LA / Speaking Engagements / March 24-27, 2019

Columbus, OH / Speaking Engagements / January 29, 2019

Seattle, Washington / McDermott Event / September 12, 2018

New York, New York / McDermott Event / June 21, 2018

Seattle, Washington / McDermott Event / May 22, 2018

New York, New York / McDermott Event / May 15, 2018

Louisville, Kentucky / Speaking Engagements / August 2, 2017

New York, New York / McDermott Event / June 8, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona / Speaking Engagements / April 26, 2017

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / March 7, 2017

Webcast / McDermott Event / February 23, 2017

Columbus, Ohio / Speaking Engagements / January 24-25, 2017

Tax Notes / State Tax Today / January 5, 2016

Tax Notes / State Tax Today / November 3, 2015

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