Julia Ushakova-Stein focuses her practice on U.S. tax planning and tax controversy matters, with an emphasis on international tax planning (inbound and outbound) and restructurings, M&A and transfer pricing. She represents clients from a diverse set of industries and geographic areas. She has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies in U.S. federal income tax matters and has successfully represented clients in federal tax controversies at all levels.
Julia was honored as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 by the American Bar Association in 2018 and was the only person to win Euromoney’s Women in Business Law’s Americas Rising Star in Tax award in 2017. She appears in Euromoney’s 2018 and 2017 Expert Guides: Rising Stars in the Tax category and International Tax Review’s 2017 Women in Tax Leaders. Julia was also recognized by California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2018 and shortlisted in the Best in Tax and Tax Disputes category for Euromoney’s 2018 Americas Rising Star Awards.
Julia’s currently represents VF Corporation in TBL Licensing v. Commissioner, Tax Court Dkt. No. 21146-15, a pending Tax Court case that involves Section 367(d) and a $1.4 billion income adjustment by the IRS. Julia also was counsel in successfully settled Conversant et al. v. Commissioner, Tax Court Docket No. 030476-14, and was on the trial team that was successful in Analog Devices & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 15 (Nov. 22, 2016).
In some noteworthy transactions, Julia represented:
In addition, Julia teaches international tax in the Master’s Program at San Jose State University and regularly speaks at major tax conferences for professional tax groups, including for the International Fiscal Association, International Tax Review, and Euromoney. She is the Young International Fiscal Association (YIN) Northern California regional representative. Her publications include:
Fenwick & West is first tier in Tax Planning, Tax Transactional, and Transfer Pricing, according to International Tax Review. Fenwick is consistently named San Francisco Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review. Fenwick has also been named U.S. Tax Litigation Firm of the Year numerous times and U.S. Tax Court Firm of the Year, and received multiple ITR M&A tax awards including “Americas M&A Tax Firm of the Year.”
During law school, Julia served as the Supervising, Development, and Executive Editor for the Berkeley Business Law Journal.