Fenwick tax partner Larissa Neumann has been named an influential woman in tax law by Law360.
The legal publication’s list honors lawyers who have provided outstanding service to their clients and the public, changing the dynamics at their workplaces while they did so.
Law360 noted that “Neumann has been building a track record of accolades and international accomplishments,” and that she is “known as much for being unafraid of tackling difficult assignments as she is for her ability to help diverse clients address complex tax matters.”
“She’s obviously very bright and talented with a great intellectual capacity,” Fenwick tax chair Adam Halpern told Law360, “but she’s also very dedicated, manages time really well and is just really good with clients.”
Alice Wohn, the vice president and senior counsel at Viacom Inc., said that, “She has deep expertise in transactional matters, tax litigation and transfer pricing – a rare and winning combination” and that Neumann is “a skilled negotiator and creative problem-solver.”
“Larissa is one of our most trusted advisers, handling a wide variety of complex issues with seeming ease and steadfastly protecting the interests of her clients,” Wohn added.
“We knew early on we had a winner with Larissa,” said Jim Fuller, fellow Fenwick partner and longtime tax mentor to Larissa. “As a young partner, she played a leading and impressive role in a complex multibillion-dollar inversion transaction that involved a cross border acquisition by one public company of another.”
Law360 highlighted some of Neumann’s recent noteworthy work, including preparing a Ninth Circuit amicus brief for semiconductor manufacturer Xilinx Inc. in the closely watched Altera case concerning stock-based compensation, ongoing tax advice to Facebook during a series of acquisitions, helping French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi SA secure a tax refund from the IRS and advising Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons during its $11.4B inversion transaction with Burger King.
Law360 also called out her volunteer work and teaching, noting that “Neumann is also involved with several nonprofits that focus on women’s issues” and teaches international taxation at her alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.