Andrea S. Kramer - McDermott Will & Emery


Andrea (Andie) S. Kramer has a sophisticated and unique multi-disciplinary legal practice that covers all aspects of financial transaction, derivatives, cryptocurrency, and energy transactions. She focuses on taxation, regulation, contract design, documentation, and trading operations. Andie helps clients successfully resolve difficult legal situations, including federal and state regulatory matters, adversarial proceedings, and tax planning and compliance issues. She addresses interrelated business objectives, regulatory and legal requirements, and public policy.

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  • Advises a major cryptocurrency trading platform on its reporting obligations and new product offerings
  • Advises an electricity generator on the development and construction of a 550 kV electric power transmission line, including advice with respect to federal and state tax, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory requirements, and contractual agreements
  • Advises high-net-worth individuals and family offices with respect to tax, documentation and regulation of investment activities and derivative transactions, including options, qualified covered calls, collars, swaps, and forward contracts
  • Advises various utility, refinery and generator clients with respect to physical commodity and derivatives compliance with Dodd-Frank implementation, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) rules and regulations, federal tax compliance, policies and procedures, and hedging and risk management programs
  • Represents a wide range of taxpayers, including hedge funds, in tax planning and controversy matters, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and appeals



  • Chambers USA, 2009-2022, Tax
  • Legal 500 US, 2021 and 2022, Hall of Fame
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2023, Tax Law and Tax Litigation and Controversy
  • JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, Top Author – Tax, 2021
  • Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement, 2021
  • The Legal 500 United States, Leading Lawyer, 2019 – 2020

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  • Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, prior board member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), co-author of NAWL’s Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Uncertain Times (2020), and member of the survey on the promotion and retention of women in law firms committee
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)

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Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1978
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, summa cum laude, 1975


US Tax Court
US Court of Federal Claims
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois