Alison Maxwell


DLA Piper LLP (US)
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6900
Seattle, WA 98104-7029
United States

Tel: +1 206 839 4878


Alison Maxwell is a Partner at DLA Piper in Seattle, WA and Chair of the US Tax Practice. Alison concentrates her practice in international tax with a focus on operational structuring, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and post-acquisition integration.

Alison has assisted a wide range of clients, from startups to multibillion-dollar multinationals, in structuring acquisitions, cross-border financing, integrating legal entities and ensuring that the final international structure can efficiently meet both US and foreign compliance requirements. She has advised on large-scale international merger and acquisition transactions.

Alison is a frequent speaker on international tax matters. She is the Chair of the US Tax Practice and formerly served as the Co-Chair for the firm’s National Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) as well as Managing Partner of the Seattle office.

Prior to joining the firm, Alison worked in Deloitte Tax’s San Francisco office, where she focused on international tax matters including tax planning, provision and compliance.


  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • B.S., International Business, University of Akron


  • California
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin


  • Short list, Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Rising Star Award, 2018
  • 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2016 Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Washington Rising Star, 2014 – 2019

DLA Piper provides the full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations.

With more than 440+ tax advisors in offices throughout the world, we help multinational companies address the complex challenges of international commerce and business operations as well as manage and resolve tax disputes.

Companies operating in the global economy experience complex tax issues, both in their home country and in the jurisdictions in which they do business; this requires a coordinated global delivery of services incorporating both knowledge of national legislation, including tax treaties, as well as the appropriate international perspective.

Our global tax group also assists clients in structuring a wide range of transactions, from private equity deals to corporate acquisitions and disposals.

We provide these international tax services while at the same time offering clients the benefits of the attorney-client and work-product privileges.

Our tax lawyers draw upon the experience of colleagues in numerous areas of law, including intellectual property and technology, corporate and finance, real estate, employment and employee benefits.

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