Troy M. Van Dongen - McDermott Will & Emery


Troy Van Dongen focuses his practice on the resolution of state and local tax (SALT) controversies through negotiation and litigation. He advises clients across the country in a variety of state and local tax matters, including income, franchise, sales, and use taxes, and he has a particularly strong background in property taxation.

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  • Secured appellate court victory upholding costs and attorney fee award following a trial court victory involving a property tax assessment*
  • Secured a substantial property tax refund in case involving legal and valuation issues related to the client’s biotech property*
  • Secured significant reduction in the assessed value of a major league ballpark before the local assessment appeals board*

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  • Chambers USA, Band 2 in Tax: State & Local, 2012 – 2024
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended 2019 and 2023
  • California Lawyers Association, 2021, Benjamin F. Miller Award


  • American Bar Association’s Tax Section, member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco’s Tax Section, member
  • California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Director’s Advisory Council, member

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Golden Gate University School of Law, JD, 1998
San Francisco State University, BS, 1991, cum laude


Courts / Agencies
US Supreme Court
US District Court for the Central District of California