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Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2014)

Member, Editorial Advisory Board – Tax,  Law360

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Barton W.S. Bassett

Silicon Valley
2 Palo Alto Square
3000 El Camino Real, Suite 700
Palo Alto, CA 94306-2121 USA
Phone: +1.650.843.7567
Fax: +1.650.843.4001
San Francisco
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105-1596
United States
Phone: +1.415.442.1268
Fax: +1.415.442.1001

Barton W.S. Bassett is the leader of Morgan Lewis's Tax Practice. Mr. Bassett's practice focuses on international tax planning for both the outbound operations of U.S. multinationals and the inbound operations of foreign multinationals. This includes advice on structuring mergers and acquisitions, internal restructurings and operations, joint ventures, external and internal financings, and transfer pricing matters, including the transfers and licenses of intellectual property. Mr. Bassett also represents clients in audits and appeals before the Internal Revenue Service and has negotiated various advance pricing agreements and prefiling agreements on behalf of clients.

Mr. Bassett was named to the 2010 and 2009 lists of International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Bassett was a tax partner at a national law firm.

Mr. Bassett received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996, where he was named to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A., with honors, from the University of California, Davis in 1992.

Mr. Bassett lectures to professional and industry groups on various topics relating to the provisions of Subpart F, foreign currency, dual consolidated losses, the application of the business purpose standard, transfer pricing, and double taxation conventions. In addition to his presentations to professional and industry groups, he teaches an LL.M. course in International Taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Mr. Bassett is admitted to practice in California.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1996, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • University of California, Davis, 1992, B.A., With Honors