Michael D. Sontag


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As the long-time leader of the firm’s State and Local Tax Law Practice Group, Michael Sontag has represented a multitude of Fortune 500 companies in their effort to ensure fair tax treatment by state and local governments, thereby avoiding the imposition of hundreds of millions of dollars of improper taxes. He has developed a national reputation and is the go-to solution for out-of-state and in-state companies alike confronting Tennessee state and local tax controversies. Michael and his team have assisted taxpayers in audits, administrative reviews and, when necessary, litigation. Michael has also developed innovative strategies for reducing a company’s exposure to state and local taxes, whether through restructuring transactions or through legislative solutions designed to provide tax-advantaged treatment where appropriate.

Michael was the first attorney to successfully challenge on Commerce Clause grounds the income taxation of out-of-state banks having no physical presence in Tennessee as well as the imposition of business taxes to certain wholesale sales of pharmaceuticals for the world’s largest pharmaceutical company.

Michael has built his national reputation through his steadfast dedication to his craft, both through his representation of clients as well as numerous speaking engagements and scholarly articles presented to national audiences.

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Nashville Bar Association — Board Member

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association