Speakers / Authors:
Internal Revenue Service
William D. Alexander is the Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) at the Internal Revenue Service. He has been with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (Corporate) since 1990. Prior to joining the IRS, he was associated with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Joshua T. Brady
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Joshua Brady is a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where his practice encompasses a broad range of corporate tax issues involving corporations, partnerships, owners and investors. He advises public and private clients on sophisticated acquisition and disposition structures, including tax-free mergers, tender offers, going-private transactions and cross-border joint ventures.
Mr. Brady also has extensive experience representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department on matters involving proposed legislation, regulations, and obtaining IRS private letter rulings.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Brady served as a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in the Washington National Tax office of KPMG LLP, where he specialized in corporate tax matters. Most recently he was a partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered. He is admitted to practice in Washington D.C. and Maryland.
Mr. Brady was previously the chair of the Washington D.C. Bar Taxation Section Corporation Tax Committee, where he is a frequent speaker on tax matters. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches corporate tax in the Tax LL.M program, and has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.
Mr. Brady is also a volunteer in the IRS Military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, where he trains military personnel to prepare tax returns for members of the armed services and their families.
Mr. Brady received his J.D. in 1991 from Yale Law School where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Georgetown University, where he earned his A.B. in 1994.
Michael L. Schler
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Michael L. Schler is a partner in the Cravath Tax Department. His practice includes corporate tax, corporate finance (including structured finance and securitizations), mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.
Mr. Schler is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, and he remains an active member of the Tax Section Executive Committee. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, the chair of the New York Tax Forum, a trustee and the former president of the American Tax Policy Institute, a past Consultant in tax programs of the American Law Institute, the author of many published tax articles, and a frequent speaker at tax conferences. He is the co-chair of the annual merger and acquisition tax institute co-sponsored by Penn State Dickinson School of Law and the New York City Bar.
He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1970, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1979. After a clerkship with Hon. Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he joined Cravath in 1974 and became a partner in 1982.
Steptoe & Johnson
Mark J. Silverman is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he heads Steptoe’s tax practice. Mr. Silverman was named one of the top 10 tax lawyers in Washington, D.C., in 2005 by Legal Times. He is a member of The American Law Institute, Tax Advisory Group for the Study of Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code.
Mr. Silverman was formerly an advisor to the Committee on Ways and Means during its consideration of revisions to the corporate tax provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Mr. Silverman was formerly a council member of the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation and was formerly chair of the Corporate Tax Committee. He chaired the Tax Section Task Force on Leveraged Buyouts. Mr. Silverman co-authored the Tax Advisors Planning Series on Financially Troubled Businesses, was formerly corporate tax editor of The Journal of Taxation, and is a member of the advisory boards of the NYU Institute on Federal Taxation and BNA Tax Management, Consolidated Returns Tax Report, M&A Tax Report and Corporate Taxation magazines.
Mr. Silverman is on the editorial board of The American Journal of Tax Policy, and is on the board of trustees of the Southern Federal Tax Institute. Mr. Silverman chairs the ALI-ABA annual consolidated returns program. Mr. Silverman was formerly a member of the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and was formerly attorney-advisor to Judge Samuel B. Sterrett of the U.S. Tax Court.
Mr. Silverman received his LL.M. from New York University Law School in 1971. He graduated from Suffolk University Law School with his J.D. in 1970 and received his B.S. from Indiana University in 1967.
Mr. Silverman is a frequent speaker on tax matters and has published numerous articles on the subject. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.