Areas of Practice
Education
  • New York University School of Law LL.M., 1971
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1970
  • Indiana University, B.S., 1967
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Mark J. Silverman

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6450
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Mark J. Silverman is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office and former chair of the firm's Tax Group.  In 2005, Mr. Silverman was named one of the top ten tax lawyers in Washington by Legal Times.  He is a member of The American Law Institute, Tax Advisory Group for the Study of Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code.  He was formerly an advisor to the Committee on Ways and Means during their consideration of revisions to the corporate tax provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  He also served as a Council member of the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation and was formerly chair of the Corporate Tax Committee. He chaired the Tax Section Task Force on Leveraged Buyouts and co-authored the Tax Advisors Planning Series on Financially Troubled Businesses.

Mr. Silverman is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and is a member of the advisory boards of BNA Tax Management, Consolidated Returns Tax Report, M&A Tax Report, and Corporate Taxation magazines.  Mr. Silverman is on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Tax Policy, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Federal Tax Institute.  He also chairs the PLI annual consolidated returns program.

Mr. Silverman was formerly Corporate Tax Editor of The Journal of Taxation, and a member of the advisory boards of NYU Institute on Federal Taxation.  He was formerly a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and an attorney-advisor to Judge Samuel B. Sterrett of the United States Tax Court.

Mr. Silverman is a frequent speaker on tax matters and has published numerous articles on the subject.  In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Planning & Transactional Practice
Mr. Silverman focuses on planning and transactional matters.  He has extensive experience in structuring acquisitions, mergers, and spin-off transactions for large public corporations, as well as closely held businesses.  He has authored a book on the tax consequences of financially troubled businesses and advises corporations on consolidated return issues.  Mr. Silverman advises leverage buyout groups, venture capitalists and privately held commercial real estate developers with respect to various transactional matters.  He is often called upon to advise the Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department, and the staffs of the Congressional tax writing committees with respect to corporate tax issues.

Tax Policy Practice
A significant part of Mr. Silverman's practice involves the resolution of tax policy issues before Congress and the Treasury Department.  These issues arise in the context of pending or proposed legislation and proposed Treasury Department regulations.  Mr. Silverman is currently meeting with members of Congress and their staffs on many of the corporate tax provisions proposed by the Administration and by members of Congress (including corporate spin-offs, financial product provisions, and corporate capital gains).

Audit & Controversy
Mr. Silverman also handles audit and controversy matters.  He has extensive experience negotiating with field agents, appeals officers and district counsel in settling significant audit issues.  Mr. Silverman frequently prepares technical advice requests and often meets with National Office officials with respect to audit and tax litigation matters.  Recently, Mr. Silverman was successful in negotiating global tax shelter settlements with the IRS. 

Noteworthy

  • Chambers Global, Band 1,Tax: Corporate (US), 2008, 2013-2017 
  • Chambers USA, Band 1, Tax (DC), 2006-2017
  • "Washington, DC Tax Law Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Tax Law, 1993-2018
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Tax, Business/Corporate, 2007-2017
  • "Top 100 Attorney," Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2008, 2011-2012
  • Legal 500 US, Tax: Controversy, 2011-2012, 2014-2015
  • Legal 500 US, Domestic Tax: East Coast, 2008-2012
  • Who's Who Legal, Corporate Tax, 2008-2014
  • "Best of the Best USA," Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers 2010, 2012
  • Practical Law Company, US: Tax, 2011
  • Practical Law Company, DC: Tax, 2011
  • Washingtonian Magazine's "Best Lawyers" in Tax, 2015, 2017
  • “Top Ten Tax Lawyers in Washington, DC,” Legal Times, 2005
  • Chair, PLI Consolidated Returns program
  • Former advisor to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means
  • Counsel member, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
  • Chair, Corporate Tax Committee, American Bar Association
  • Advisory Board, NYU Institute Management
  • Advisory Board, BNA Tax Management
  • Board of Trustees, Southern Federal Tax Institute
  • Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Advisor, Section of Taxation Law Conference, Federal Bar Association
  • Co-author, Tax Advisors Planning Series on Financially Troubled Businesses
  • Former attorney-advisor to Judge Samuel B. Sterrett of US Tax Court

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