Jody Brewster advises clients on a wide range of subject matters, including capitalization issues, tax accounting issues, depreciation, placed in service issues, accounting method and tax period changes, and compliance with information reporting and withholding rules.


Ms. Brewster has represented coalitions of companies on issues of industry-wide significance in administrative proceedings before the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including companies in the following industries: airline, automotive, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial institutions, technology, telecommunications and utilities.

Ms. Brewster has been a frequent public speaker with such professional organizations as the American Bar Association and the Practising Law Institute.

Before joining Skadden, Ms. Brewster worked 10 years with the IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel. From 1994 to 1999, Ms. Brewster was the assistant chief counsel (Income Tax & Accounting), where she had primary responsibility over a broad range of issues involving tax accounting, income deductions of corporations and individuals, and IRS practice and procedure. From 1992 until 1994, she served as the deputy assistant chief counsel (Field Service), and from 1989 to 1992, she served as the special assistant to the associate chief counsel (Domestic).

Before joining the IRS in 1989, Ms. Brewster worked as a certified public accountant.

Ms. Brewster repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. She was named a Tax Controversy Leader in the International Tax Review’s 2015 Leaders Guide and is consistently included in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” list.



  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1986
  • J.D., University of Montana School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., University of Montana, 1982
  • B.S., University of Montana, 1976


  • California
  • District of Columbia