Will Nelson’s practice encompasses all areas of federal taxation, with special emphasis on partnership taxation and tax controversy and litigation matters. Previously chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, Will co-authored the treatise Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 4th edition, 2007) as well as Structuring and Drafting Partnership Agreements: Including LLC Agreements (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 3rd edition, 2003). Will writes on tax law for numerous journals, and he frequently lectures at tax institutes.
Noted as “technically expert, creative, and a terrific tax litigator” as well as a “tremendous thinker who always provides great guidance," Will is named one of the leading practitioners in taxation by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, among others.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Will was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm, where he was a former co-leader of the firm’s tax practice.
Mississippi State University, 1969, Bachelor of Science, High Honors
University of Virginia School of Law, 1972, Juris Doctor
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Federal Claims
US Tax Court
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)