As businesses encounter disputes or potential disputes with the state of Tennessee and other taxing authorities, Steve Jasper makes sure those businesses receive fair tax treatment and the full tax savings they are entitled to receive. Steve represents his clients in negotiations with taxing authorities and, as necessary, guides businesses through administrative proceedings or trials. Steve provides counsel with special attention to clients’ business objectives, and in the past five years alone has successfully received over $200 million in tax savings on behalf of his clients. As a reflection of his specialized experience in state tax matters, on multiple occasions Steve has been selected by the Tennessee Department of Revenue to help draft major rewrites to significant portions of Tennessee’s tax statutes.
Steve’s clients include multi-national Fortune 500 companies with locations and business operations across the globe, as well as Tennessee-based companies with a single business location.
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce — Tax Subcommittee
Represented C-III Capital Partners in its sale of California-based tech company Real Capital Markets (RCM) to LightBox
Represented Gen Cap America in its sale of portfolio company CPS Distributors, Inc.
We represented International Systems of America, LLC (ISA), a portfolio company of Gen Cap America, in its sale to Align Capital Partners.
Represented a global technology company in the acquisition of a 1,300-acre industrial site for development of a $600 million data center
Represented Pfizer and its affiliates in litigation claiming more than $120 million in franchise and excise tax refunds
Represented General Mills, Inc. in successful litigation seeking a refund of use taxes
Represented ConAgra Foods, Inc. in litigation regarding the Commerce Clause and Due Process Clause
Represented Qualcomm Incorporated in litigation where the court held Qualcomm’s services were not taxable
Advocated for a decision that IBM’s wide area network service was not a telecommunications service subject to sales tax
Represented American Honda Motor Co. against attempt to reverse a prior determination that it overpaid its franchise and excise tax liability
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Litigation and Controversy: Tax “Lawyer of the Year” (2020)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Litigation and Controversy: Tax (2017-2020)
Phi Beta Kappa
Missouri Law Review — Senior Note and Comment Editor
International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award