Jane Wells May focuses her practice on state and local tax matters. She represents businesses in connection with tax controversies at the audit, administrative and judicial levels around the United States. Her clients include companies in manufacturing, retailing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, energy, technology and insurance industries. Jane is the global head of the Firm’s Tax Practice. She sits on the Firm’s Management and Compensation Committees, and previously served on the Executive Committee.
Jane has successfully litigated state and local tax matters raising a variety of statutory and constitutional issues. She has defended numerous internet sellers in several states against cases brought under state whistleblower statutes, including the Illinois False Claims Act, alleging fraudulent failures to collect and remit use tax. Jane also advises business clients on tax planning matters and represents athletes and entertainers in connection with employment contract issues.
Jane is a co-founder of Tax in the City: A Woman’s Tax Roundtable®, which consists of women tax professionals with an interest in discussing substantive tax issues in a collegial and confidential setting, and which meets regularly in Chicago and New York.
While in law school, Jane was senior articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.
Serves as national coordinating counsel to several Fortune 500 companies to provide strategic counsel and audit defense on all state and local tax matters across the country, including litigating in administrative and judicial venues when necessary
Secured a complete concession prior to trial on a cost of performance apportionment income tax issue for a financial services company
Won a transfer pricing case for a shared services entity in New York