Elizabeth Julia Smith
Elizabeth Julia Smith is counsel in the tax controversy group. Elizabeth has a range of experience in tax controversies, complex financial and commercial litigation, and class action defenses. She has represented clients in disputes with the IRS, as well as state and local taxing authorities.
In addition to her tax controversy work, Elizabeth maintains antitrust and litigation practices. Her antitrust work focuses on advising health care providers regarding clinically integrated networks in a variety of contexts, including formation, implementation, and compliance. Elizabeth’s litigation experience has spanned all phases of both tax and general commercial litigation matters, including case strategy, fact and expert discovery, trials, settlement, and appeals. Elizabeth has experience in several industries including health care, energy, telecommunications, private investments, transportation, and technology.
Representative Tax Controversy Experience
- Successfully represented multinational energy company before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, resulting in a unanimous decision in client’s favor upholding a multimillion dollar property tax exemption. (Veolia Energy Boston v. Board of Assessors of Boston (SJC-12634, 2019))
- Achieved a complete victory in two multi-million dollar disputes over local taxes for a multinational energy company in two separate bench trials before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.
- Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a technology company in connection with an appeal of an IRS audit regarding the deductibility of management fees paid to private equity sponsors; representing multiple asset management clients and portfolio companies in similar examinations by IRS and state taxing authorities.
- Represented individuals in dispute with Massachusetts Department of Revenue regarding responsible person liability and obtained highly favorable settlement.
- Counseled an individual in connection with state court indemnification dispute arising out of a potential tax liability.
- Represented individual in connection with competent authority request before the IRS.
- Advised clients in connection with tax proceedings brought by foreign governments.
- Counseled multiple clients in connection with federal and state tax audits and administrative appeals disputing audit results.
- Analyzed transportation company’s litigation position in connection with provision of tax opinion.
- Advised multiple clients with respect to correcting past errors in tax compliance.
- Analyzed a technology client’s litigation risks in connection with provision of tax opinion regarding foreign source income.
- Advised multiple clients regarding the tax treatment of settlements.
- Represented pharmaceutical, medical device, and asset management companies in IRS examinations following settlements with the DOJ and SEC.
Representative Antitrust Counseling Experience
- Advised non-profit and for-profit health care systems and independent physicians associations regarding the criteria for attaining clinical integration from an antitrust regulatory perspective.
- Evaluated the clinical integration of hospital and physician networks for antitrust compliance purposes.
- Counseled health care providers with respect to antitrust compliance in connection with affiliations, collaborations, and joint ventures.
Representative Commercial Litigation Experience
- Successfully represented a pharmaceutical company before California Supreme Court in a landmark decision that established the contours of California tortious interference, antitrust, and non-compete law (Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc., 9 Cal. 5th 1130 (2020))
- Represented foreign insurers, a Fortune 500 transportation company, and a leading cable company in multi-million dollar class action disputes in federal court.
- Negotiated class action settlements on behalf of multiple clients.
- Advised several health care and pharmaceutical clients in multiple matters, including disputes with local taxing authorities, subpoena responses, and analyses of regulatory implications of contemplated and existing contracts.
- Performed litigation risk assessments and litigation due diligence for private investment, technology, and information management clients.
- Counseled a hedge fund in connection with bankruptcy litigation involving significant expedited discovery.
- Co-author, “Busy New Year: Predicted IRS Enforcement Trends in 2021,” Bloomberg Tax (December 31, 2020)
- Co-author, “Taxing the Digitalising Economy,” International Comparative Legal Guide’s 17th edition of “Corporate Tax 2021” (December 10, 2020)
- Co-author, “Key Tax Considerations For Cos. With Remote Employees,” Law360 (August 3, 2020)
- Co-author, “Federal, State Tax Authority Enforcement-Related Responses to Covid-19,” Bloomberg Tax (May 14, 2020)
- Co-author, “INSIGHT: Are Privilege Protections Shifting in the Tax Context?,” Bloomberg Law (April 13, 2020)
- Co-author, “Diagnosing Sales Tax Rules for Digital Health Products,” Law360 (March 2, 2020)
- Co-author, “Top 5 Modern Tax Challenges for Digital Health Companies,” Law360 (September 16, 2019)
- Co-author, “Threat Of Sales Tax Overcollection Suits Grows Post-Wayfair,” Law360 (June 20, 2019)
- Co-author, “States Follow The IRS In Joining The Big Data Revolution,” Law360 (February 22, 2019)
- Co-author, “A Brief Exploration Of Privilege Nuances In The Tax Context,” Law360 (February 13, 2019)
- Co-author, “The Overturned Visa/MasterCard Settlement: What Does It Mean (If Anything) for the Future,” Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report (August 25, 2016)
- Speaker, “Privilege in Tax: Practical Implications of Attorney-Client, Work Product, and Tax Practitioner Privileges,” Boston Bar Association Webinar (January 20, 2021)
- Moderator, “Use of Dispute Resolution to Resolve Large, Complicated Corporate Tax Disputes,” Leading Women in Tax Forum (March 3, 2020)
- Moderator, “Administrative Practice Committee Important Developments,” 2019 ABA May Tax Meeting (May 2019)
- JD, Yale Law School, 2009; Senior Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
- BA, summa cum laude, Bates College, 2003; Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2009
- New York, 2020
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2019
- U.S. Tax Court, 2019