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John S. Stanton

Washington, D.C.

John S. Stanton

A seasoned Washington tax lobbyist, John Stanton has long been valued by our clients and recognized on the Hill for his ability to master and present complex substantive tax issues, coupled with deep experience with the tax legislative and regulatory process.

John recognizes that a client's needs for analyzing and devising a solution to a highly technical tax problem, drafting legislative or regulatory language and explanatory materials, and advocating the proposal before Congress, Treasury, and the IRS can be satisfied from a single source. He knows how to open the door, and he knows what to say once inside.

During his more than 35 years of lobbying on tax legislative and regulatory issues, John has established strong working relationships with the Congressional tax-writing committees and the Treasury Department and IRS. These durable working relationships with Members and staff from both House and Senate and both sides of the party aisle have successfully surmounted the shifts back and forth in party control of the House, the Senate, and the Administration.

A key strength of John's tax legislative and regulatory practice is the versatility in the diversity of industries for which he works and his ability to handle technical tax issues across a very broad range of subject areas. Recent projects have ranged from international tax reform for a major insurance company, worldwide power producer, and major multinational media company, pension tax legislation for a large State pension plan, new tax information reporting regulations for the casino gaming industry, to drafting technically-complex commercial building energy efficiency legislation for an industry association, and regulations regarding the branded prescription drug fee and the medical device excise tax for our pharma and device company clients.

Representative experience

Represented major U.S. companies in high-profile Congressional investigations of U.S. multinationals' overseas tax structure.

Successfully pursued enactment of tax legislation preserving a U.S. multinational's interest and depreciation deductions for its overseas operations.

Negotiated with IRS a nationwide agreement resolving the tax information reporting of employee tips for the casino gaming industry.

Successfully pursued enactment of various special Federal tax rules tailored to State and local government pension plans.

Negotiated favorable changes to Treasury regulations under the Affordable Care Act for pharmaceutical and medical device clients.

Successfully pursued enactment of legislation putting an end retroactively to a major IRS adjustment on depreciation of the client's key property.

Successfully pursued enactment of various forms of transition relief to protect clients from adverse tax legislative changes.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1979
  • A.B., with great distinction, University of California, Berkeley, 1976

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • California

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court

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