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Miriam Fisher is Global Chair of the Tax Controversy Practice of Latham & Watkins, and her practice focuses on federal and state tax controversy and litigation.
Ms. Fisher has an active tax litigation practice in federal and state trial and appellate courts, where she successfully represents domestic and multi-national businesses, non-profits, and high global wealth individuals in disputes involving a wide variety of sophisticated tax matters.
At the examination and appeals stages of tax controversies, Ms. Fisher achieves client goals through good communication, strong substantive and procedural knowledge, innovative, resolution-oriented strategies, and litigation-preparedness. She is highly regarded by clients and peers for her ability to lead trial teams in complex tax litigation and to navigate negotiation and resolution of sensitive, high-stakes disputes.
Ms. Fisher also handles sensitive tax matters involving allegations of fraud and helps clients avoid severe penalties and potential criminal charges. She often leads clients through voluntary disclosure and correction of compliance errors.
Ms. Fisher frequently speaks and writes on issues involving tax procedure, policy, and ethics. She is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court, various US District Courts, US Court of Federal Claims, and the US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, and Federal Circuits.
Ms. Fisher is consistently ranked as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA. Sources describe her as “professional, responsive, practical, articulate, confident, and mindful of budgets” with “world class” tax controversy and litigation experience (Chambers USA 2017), also noting, “she’s 100% the kind of attorney that both sides want" (Chambers USA 2018). In 2018, The American Bar Association Tax Section Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee honored Ms. Fisher with the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award. She was named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in Washington, D.C. for Litigation and Controversy – Tax in 2017 and 2019. She is also recognized as one of the elite leading lawyers inducted to The Legal 500's Hall of Fame, which includes fewer than 500 partners across the US “who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence,” in 2018. She has been recognized as a Tax Controversy Leader by the International Tax Review 2018, an annual guide that identifies leading tax lawyers and advisers based on nominations from hundreds of global tax directors and CFOs.
American College of Tax Counsel
- Regent and Fellow
ABA Section of Taxation
- Council Director 2009 - 2012
Civil & Criminal Tax Penalties Comm.
- Chair 2005 - 2007
- Vice Chair 2003 - 2005
- Appointments to the Tax Court Comm. 2011 - 2016
DC Bar Taxation Section
- Chair 2001 - 2004
- Tax Audits & Litigation Comm. Chair 1997 - 1999
University of Maryland School of Law
- Board of Visitors 2001 - 2018
Georgetown University Law Center
- Adjunct Professor 2002 - 2003
US Department of Justice Tax Division
- Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General 1989 - 1991
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