Eliot L. Kaplan
Perkins Coie LLP
2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2788
Business attorney Eliot Kaplan is counsel to clients on corporate law matters, including private equity transactions; mergers and acquisitions; partnerships; limited liability companies and joint ventures; entity planning and structuring; entity formation and dissolution; corporate governance; fund formation; business reorganizations and restructurings; and the potential and related tax liabilities triggered by complex transactions, entity structures, and administrative tax controversies.
Eliot is a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel. Eliot is also a former member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association.
Eliot participates in the American Bar Association (ABA). As a member of the ABA’s Section of Taxation, he is a former chair of its Real Estate Committee, a former member of its Sponsorship Committee, and is a member of its Real Estate Committee and Partnership and LLC Committee. In Arizona, Eliot is chair-elect of the Tax Council of the State Bar of Arizona and serves on the Tax Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of Arizona.
Eliot is a former attorney in the national office of the Internal Revenue Service, and, while in private practice, was appointed and served on the IRS Advisory Council, which advises the IRS commissioner and other IRS officials on tax policy and administration issues.
Eliot lectures widely on corporate and tax issues before audiences such as the ABA, New York University Institute, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Annual Tax Institute, and the California CPA Society. As an adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, he taught courses on the taxation of business organizations and partnerships.
Perkins Coie Tax practice attorneys help publicly traded, privately held and tax-exempt entities on developing tax strategies that comply with federal, state, local and international taxing authorities while protecting and preserving client assets.
Clients receive tax advice and counsel integrated with the valuable perspectives of colleagues in complementary disciplines, such as corporate and securities law, employment law and business litigation. Our tax professionals maintain strong, professional working relationships with federal and state regulators, which is helpful when negotiating on behalf of our clients. Attorneys in our Tax Controversy practice are distinctive for their depth of prior experience in the government and for efficiently and favorably handling disputes or conflicts. Tax sub-practices include:
- Federal Tax
- State & Local Tax
- Tax Controversy
- Tax-Exempt Organizations
We regularly assist clients with the tax implications associated with a variety of transactions, which include the following:
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Bankruptcies and Restructurings
- Real Estate Transactions
Addressing the tax aspects of employee benefits and equity compensation plans is also an area of our counsel. In addition to many years of experience working with clients, Perkins Coie Tax practice partners and associates are active in a variety of professional organizations and often serve in leadership roles. Groups in which we participate include the American Bar Association, Tax Executives Institute, Institute for Professionals in Taxation and Council On State Taxation.
With more than 1,200 lawyers in offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.
Eliot Kaplan is held in high esteem for his expertise in tax law, with clients regularly turning to him for advice on tax implications of corporate transactional work, restructuring, dissolutions and wider corporate governance concerns. His clients include an array of local and regional businesses active in the consumer, industrials, hospitality and construction fields.