Press Release

Morgan Lewis Adds Former US Justice Department Lawyer to Washington Tax Team

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC, April 26, 2016: Morgan Lewis is expanding its capabilities in the areas of tax litigation, tax controversy, and research and development tax credits with the addition of partner Alex E. Sadler, a former US government trial lawyer. Mr. Sadler, who will be resident in the Washington, DC, office, joins Morgan Lewis from a leading law firm specializing in tax and employee benefits matters.

Mr. Sadler is recognized by Chambers USA in the area of tax controversy and litigation. He is a former trial lawyer with the US Department of Justice’s Tax Division, Northern Region, where he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award.

“Alex offers our clients a unique background as a seasoned government trial lawyer, tax litigator, and adviser to companies and individuals seeking to resolve tax issues and maximize the benefits available to them under the law,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “His arrival further expands our capabilities to offer clients a full range of tax-related services.”

Mr. Sadler has developed a significant practice involving the research and development tax credit provided under Section 41 of the US Internal Revenue Code, a credit with broad application to businesses and industries of all sizes. He is the author of Legal Guide to the Research Credit, a treatise published by Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions, and he is a frequent speaker on tax litigation and research and development tax credit issues.

Mr. Sadler has handled numerous major tax litigations for the transportation, chemical, pharmaceutical, and hospitality industries, among others, and he has served as lead counsel in approximately 50 US Tax Court cases involving the consequences of a multiple employer welfare benefit trust. He also has resolved tax controversies at the administrative level. Mr. Sadler is chair of the DC Bar Tax Section’s Tax Audits and Litigation Committee. In addition to Chambers, he has been recognized by publications such as Washingtonian magazine.

The arrival of Mr. Sadler continues Morgan Lewis’s expansion of its tax-related legal services. Earlier this year, international tax partner Peter Daub joined the firm, following the additions of tax litigation and tax controversy partners Sheri Dillon and Jennifer Breen last spring.

“As a top-notch litigator and a national leader in the area of tax credits, Alex will be perfectly positioned to assist our clients, including those on the cutting-edge of innovation who require advice on how to take proper advantage of the tax incentives open to them,” said Barton Bassett, head of Morgan Lewis’s tax practice. “We are proud of our ability to assist clients in all stages of their growth, and whatever their needs, and Alex adds an important new component to our team.”