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Scott R. Lilienthal

Washington, D.C.

Scott R. Lilienthal

For over 25 years, clients have turned to Scott Lilienthal for counsel on all areas of tax law — with a particular emphasis on public finance. He partners with clients when it comes to tax advice on financings for state and local governments, special purpose authorities, and districts.

Scott also helps corporations and partnerships in connection with debt financings, including structured finance transactions, such as securitizations and mortgage-backed securities issues. Scott also represents clients before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in connection with audits and requests for advance rulings.

Scott served on the board of directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) for nine years, and was president of the organization 2012-2013. He has served as chair and vice-chair of NABL's Washington Seminar, as well as chair of NABL's Education Committee and Tax Law Committee. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association Tax-Exempt Financing Subcommittee.

Prior to joining the firm, Scott served for three years as a legal advisor with the Office of Assistant Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products) for the IRS, where he was a principal author of the U.S. Treasury regulations on arbitrage and rebate requirements applicable to tax-exempt bonds.

Scott has a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. He received his J.D. with honors in 1987 from the University of Maryland, where he was an editor of the Maryland Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He is a frequent panelist at national tax and public finance seminars.

Representative experience

Served as tax counsel to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in connection with the issuance of over US$1.3bn in airport revenue bonds.

Served as tax counsel to the city and county of Denver, Colorado, in connection with the issuance of over US$2bn in airport revenue bonds.

Provided tax advice to a multinational technology company in a series of note offerings totaling US$39bn.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, University of Maryland School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., University of Colorado, 1983


  • Director, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, Tax Exempt Financing Subcommittee, Tax Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court


Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award

National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL)


Tax: U.S. Taxes: Non-Contentious

Legal 500 US


Tax: Domestic Tax

Legal 500 US

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