Sanessa S. Griffiths

Sanessa S. Griffiths

Associate, Tax

Bio

Sanessa Griffiths advises clients on a broad range of tax controversy matters and transactional situations.

Ms. Griffiths’ practice focuses on matters related to high-stakes and complex tax controversies involving transfer pricing, economic substance and business purpose doctrines, and tax treaty interpretation. With experience representing large U.S. and multinational companies at the audit, administrative proceeding and litigation phases, she routinely performs fact-finding and analysis in connection with multilayered tax matters, and assists clients in navigating legal and practical considerations of prelitigation and litigation work.

Ms. Griffiths is very active in Skadden’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, particu­larly regarding the hiring and retention of attorneys of color. She is a member of the ABA steering committee that established the Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship, which is focused on creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive ABA Tax Section and tax bar. She also has been involved in several pro bono matters, including drafting amici briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court, advising on federal and state tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations and representing asylum seekers.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2015
  • B.S., University of Central Florida, 2012
  • B.A., University of Central Florida, 2012

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Associations

  • Board Member, The Inclusivity Project
  • Member and Co-Chair of the Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Subcommittee on IRS Investigations and Enforcement, American Bar Association

Experience

  • Law Clerk. Hon. Ronald M. Gould, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2017-18)
  • Law Clerk. Hon. Susan R. Bolton, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (2015-17)

Sanessa S. Griffiths