Prior to joining Jacobowitz Newman Tversky, Debra spent the majority of her career practicing as an international tax attorney at Bank of America Corporation/Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. She has extensive experience advising on and managing the execution of internal international planning and restructuring transactions, with particular focus on avoiding double taxation issues, repatriation planning, promoting deferral of offshore income in low-taxed jurisdictions, and legal entity rationalization objectives. Debra has worked with the IRS on audit defense matters for a variety of projects, and has drafted private letter ruling requests to the IRS for pre-approval of anticipated tax treatments. As an associate at Blank Rome Tenzer Greenblatt early in her career, Debra was responsible for drafting applications and advising non-profits in connection with their attainment of and compliance with non-profit, “501(c)(3)” status for tax purposes. Debra also practiced in the tax department at Coudert Brothers, advising clients with respect to both U.S. and multinational transactions, primarily in the context of mergers, acquisitions, liquidations, and project finance deals.
Bar Admissions: New York and New Jersey
LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2002
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1998 (H. Bert & Ruth Mack Academic Scholarship)
B.A. in Economics, Columbia College, Columbia University, 1995 (Dean’s List)