Raj Madan

Raj Madan

Partner, Tax Controversy and Litigation
Raj Madan, head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Tax Group, is a nationally recognized tax controversy lawyer with experience in resolving high-stakes and complex tax disputes.

Bio

Mr. Madan handles matters at all stages of IRS administrative practice, as well as federal district court and tax court litigation. Clients turn to him to advise on a wide range of complex tax issues, including transfer pricing, cross-border withholding tax, foreign tax credits, structured finance, life insurance, investment tax credits, and business purpose doctrine and partnership disputes.

Having played a key role in several of the most significant litigated tax cases in the United States, both at trial and on appeal, Mr. Madan’s recent rankings include being:

  • Repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA in Band 1 for Nationwide Tax Controversy and described as a “superstar” who is “fantastic, strategic, creative and committed to the client.”
  • Named International Tax Review’s 2022 North America Tax Litigation & Disputes Practice Leader of the Year.
  • Named to The Legal 500 U.S. Hall of Fame in 2022.
  • Named to Lawdragon’s inaugural list of 500 Leading Litigators in America in 2022.
  • Named Law360’s 2017 MVP for Tax.
  • Repeatedly included in the International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders Guide, The Best Lawyers in America, Expert Guides’ Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers and the Washingtonian.
  • Profiled in an article by The American Lawyer (“Rough Crossing”), which highlighted prominent litigators who have made a seamless transition from public to private practice.

Mr. Madan’s ongoing cases include:

  • Medtronic, Inc. v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court, on remand October 17, 2018): One of the most significant transfer pricing disputes with the IRS, this case involves a second trial in the U.S. Tax Court after the Eighth Circuit’s review and remand.
  • Eaton Corporation v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit): 2022 victory in the Sixth Circuit in the first case involving a court’s review of an IRS decision to retroactively cancel an advance pricing agreement. The Sixth Circuit ruled for Eaton “on all issues,” unanimously affirming a 2017 Tax Court decision.
  • Liberty Global, Inc. v. United States (U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, filed November 27, 2020): Successfully challenged regulations issued under Section 245A, a statute added as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In April 2022, the court ruled that those regulations were invalid and unenforceable. This ongoing case implicates complex questions related to the IRS’ authority to issue regulations and apply them retroactively.
  • Liberty Global, Inc. v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court, filed January 26, 2021): Ongoing case regarding income-sourcing rules.
  • Amgen Inc. & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court, filed July 26, 2021): Ongoing transfer pricing case concerning the licensing of complex biopharmaceutical products.
  • Aventis, Inc. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court, filed September 23, 2020): Ongoing case of first impression challenging the IRS’ determination that a Financial Asset Securitization Investment Trust (FASIT) was invalid.
  • SIH Partners, LLLP, Explorer Partner Corp., Tax Matters Partner v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court, filed July 10, 2020): Ongoing case on behalf of Susquehanna International Group, LLP involving the taxation of dividends paid on Swiss equities.

Mr. Madan’s recent cases include:

  • Amazon.com, Inc. v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit): A 2017 victory in one of the largest transfer pricing cases in decades and the first involving e-commerce. In 2019, a unanimous panel in the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Tax Court’s decision.
  • Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Holdings Inc. v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court): 2019 victory on behalf of Agero Holdings Inc. involving the IRS’ determination of subsidiaries’ status as insurance companies. The IRS conceded the case in full.
  • Starr International Company, Inc. v. United States (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit): The case, dismissed in 2019, involved the first taxpayer attempt to challenge a U.S. competent authority decision to deny discretionary relief under a tax treaty.
  • Athene USA Corp. v. United States (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa): A 2018 global settlement with the IRS and DOJ of key issues in a refund case involving the IRS’ disallowance of a change in method of accounting.
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. v. United States (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): A 2015 trial court decision in the U.S. government’s favor in a case involving an interpretation of the U.S.-U.K. Tax Treaty. The case was settled in 2016 while pending appeal to the Second Circuit.

Representative cases in which Mr. Madan served as a principal participant prior to joining Skadden include:

  • The Dow Chemical Company v. United States (U.S. District Court for the District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit). Involved corporate-owned life insurance and economic substance.
  • GlaxoSmithKline Holdings (Americas) Inc. v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court). Involved transfer pricing.
  • Nestlé Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court). Represented the IRS in a matter involving transfer pricing and valuation.
  • Riggs Nat’l Corp. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court). Represented the IRS in a matter involving foreign tax credits.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1992 (with honors)
  • B.A., New York University, 1990

Honors

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Sixth, Ninth, D.C. and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court

Associations

  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Barrister, Order of Veritas

Raj Madan

Partner, Tax Controversy and Litigation
raj.madan@skadden.com