Kevin Spencer is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and is based in Washington, D.C., office. For the last 15 years, Kevin has advocated for his clients in complicated tax controversy matters against the IRS and federal government at the administrative level (e.g., Examination and Appeals Divisions) and in court. He also provides legal advice to clients on a variety of federal tax topics, including: tax accounting (e.g., method changes, original issue discount, and IRC Section 199); tax credits (e.g., foreign tax, research and development, production, and investment tax credits); renewable energy and tax equity transactions; joint ventures, partnerships, and collaboration agreements; and financial instruments and lease transactions.
He has substantial knowledge regarding the rules and procedures that govern the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court, and the federal courts, and privilege and confidentiality matters. After earning his Master of Tax degree, Kevin had the privilege to clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Ruwe on the U.S. Tax Court. In addition to his tax practice, Kevin is a prolific author and lecturer on a variety of tax topics, and is an editor of the Firm's Tax Controversy 360 blog. He is an active member of the Firm's Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. And he was an adjunct law faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center.
LL.M, Georgetown University (2002) with distinction
J.D., University of Miami School of Law (1996) cum laude
B.S., Mary Washington College (1992) cum laude
Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolios
The Portfolio, No. 625, Obtaining Information from the Government — Disclosure Statutes, discusses the primary disclosure statutes providing access to IRS information