Sanford W. Stark focuses on federal tax controversy and litigation. He counsels on a range of complex domestic and international issues, including a substantial emphasis on transfer pricing. Sanford advises clients in various industries and on all aspects of the controversy process, including pre-audit, audit, appeals, Advance Pricing Agreements and Competent Authority (now APMA), and the federal trial and appellate courts. Sanford’s transfer pricing experience includes significant focus on identifying and valuing intangible property, and further includes transfer pricing planning and internal restructurings.
Sanford is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Transfer Pricing Advisory Board, and he teaches “Survey of Transfer Pricing” as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program of Georgetown University Law Center. Sanford is the co-author of "Transfer Pricing: Litigation Strategy and Tactics", BNA Tax Management Portfolio, 893 T.M. (2010). Additionally, Sanford frequently speaks on transfer pricing, tax controversy, and litigation topics. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel.
Describing him as a “great practitioner whom peers and clients all trust and respect,” and noting his “transfer pricing expertise,” Chambers USA has named Sanford one of the country’s leading tax controversy lawyers since 2007. Clients say he is "amazing to work with," and "very smart," and that he "takes the time to understand us and you really feel he is part of your team. He always does what’s right for the client.” Sanford has also been recognized as a key controversy and transfer pricing partner by Legal 500.
While serving as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice, Sanford litigated many tax issues in the federal courts and received the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. Previously, he clerked for Judge Peter Hill Beer, US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
Western Digital Corporation & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, T.C. Docket No. 18984-18 and 4818-19 (transfer pricing and section 956) (pending)