Michael Pfeifer counsels high net wealth individuals and families, including entertainers and athletes, on international tax issues, planning for pre-immigration and expatriation, and structuring cross-border investments. He also handles estate planning matters, including the use of domestic and foreign trusts, and tax controversy matters, including voluntary disclosure proceedings.
A former Special Assistant to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Associate Chief Counsel-International, Michael was a principal architect of the 1996 foreign trust tax rules and the Clinton Administration’s expatriation tax proposal. He was also involved in the development of the "check-the-box" entity classification regime and the introduction of the "comparability" standards for foreign retirement and pension plans under certain U.S. income tax treaties.
In the 2017 Chambers HNW Guide* (Chambers & Partners), one source noted, "He knows the tax law extremely well and he is creative in how he approaches an issue. He is very likeable and forthcoming with how he presents to clients." Another source said, "Pfeifer has a real in-depth understanding of U.S. tax law, as well as a very broad understanding of tax systems in foreign jurisdictions."
Michael is a frequent lecturer at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA), American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE), Practising Law Institute (PLI), International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
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Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from the ALI-CLE for his dedication and achievement serving as the Planning Chair for the International Trust and Estate Planning Conference for over 20 years, 2018
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Tax Law, 2010-2021
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Trusts and Estates, 2010-2021
Selected to the list of Washington, DC Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Tax: Consumer, International, and Estate Planning & Probate categories, 2010-2019
Selected to the list of Recommended Lawyers by The Legal 500 in International Tax, 2019
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) as a leading lawyer for wealthy individuals and families, Nationwide, 2020-2021, USA: Eastern Region, 2011-2021; District of Columbia, 2011-2021
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading wealth management attorney, Nationwide, 2016-2017
Selected to the list of Private Client Global Elite by Legal Week (ALM Media Properties, LLC), 2017
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell (LexisNexis)
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