Stephen P. Kranz - McDermott Will & Emery


Stephen (Steve) P. Kranz is a tax lawyer who solves tax problems differently. Over the course of his extensive career, Steve has acquired specific skills and developed a unique approach that helps clients develop and implement holistic solutions to all varieties of tax problems. He combines strategic thinking with effective skills for the courtroom, the statehouse and the conference room.

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  • On behalf of Microsoft Corporation, won the 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 a substantial transfer pricing assessment

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  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2018, 2022 and 2023
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2023
  • International Tax Review, World Tax, 2016 to 2023
  • Recognized by Netchoice as the “Tax Master”
  • State Tax Notes 2011, Top 10 Tax Lawyers and Top 10 individuals who influenced tax policy and practice


  • Business Advisory Council, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, former president
  • District of Columbia Bar, State and Tax Committee, member and former chair
  • Tax Foundation, board of directors


Drake University Law School, JD, with honors, Order of the Coif, 1992
University of North Dakota, BA, magna cum laude, 1989

District of Columbia
North Dakota