• Michigan State University, B.A. economics (1980) high honors
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (1983) high honors


  • District of Columbia

David J. Fischer


David J. Fischer represents clients in high-stakes tax controversy and litigation with federal and state tax authorities. With over 35 years of experience, he has resolved complex tax matters in many industries with IRS appeals, using the IRS alternative dispute resolution programs, and in litigation. His current emphasis is on international issues, transfer pricing, repatriation, the domestic manufacturing production deduction, and complex financial transactions in the software, health care, financial, oil and gas, and hospitality industries.

Mr. Fischer has extensive IRS alternative dispute resolution experience, including the Advance Pricing Agreement program, fast track, and the industry issue resolution program. Mr. Fischer has handled tax cases in the Tax Court, Court of Federal Claims, and district courts, including coordinated industry issues, partnership-level proceedings, and IRS project cases; test cases; and cases designated for litigation.

Mr. Fischer is recognized by clients and peers as a top lawyer in Chambers USA in the area of nationwide tax controversy, and in Best Lawyers in America in the tax law practice area. Mr. Fischer has extensive transfer pricing experience, with respect to both tangibles and intangibles, contributes to the Transfer Pricing Answer Book (Practicing Law Institute), recently taught Transfer Pricing: Selected Topics at Georgetown Law, and was original co-author of the Examination and Appeals Chapter of A Practical Guide to U.S. Transfer Pricing, Aspen Publishers, Inc. (1999).

Mr. Fischer is a member of the Court Practice and Procedure Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and a regular speaker before Tax Executives Institute, the ABA, and other professional organizations. He has an active pro bono practice, representing charitable organizations before the IRS in tax controversies.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

Court admissions: United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Representative Engagements

  • Represent public health care companies on Section 199 production activities deduction
  • Represent public defense contractor on partnership issues before IRS Appeals 
  • Represent national bank on accounting for financial transactions before IRS Appeals
  • Represented public software company with respect to taxation of transfer of intellectual property to Luxembourg
  • Represented Fortune 50 retail company on Section 199 domestic production activities deduction 
  • Represented multinational retail company in proceedings before U.S. Competent Authority 
  • Obtained Advance Pricing Agreement for public hospitality company on transfer pricing issues
  • Represented international oil and gas company on environmental credits before IRS Appeals
  • Represented a number of public companies concerning cost sharing buy-in payments before IRS Appeals, including case considered for designation for litigation
  • Miller v. Comm'r, T.C. Memo 2009-182 (Notice of Deficiency concerning partnership affected items invalid, prepaid forward contracts validated)
  • Industry Director Directive, Examination of Sports Franchises (Oct. 24, 2003) (industry-wide resolution of amortization of baseball player contracts)
  • Laszlo N. Tauber, T.C. Nos. 001274-98, 000573-00 (foreign currency losses allowed)
  • St. Joseph Lease Capital Corp., T.C. No. 00249-95 (sale leaseback respected)
  • McMahan, Brafman, Morgan & Co., T.C. No. 21790-91 (and related dockets) (TEFRA partnership tax litigation project involving stock option straddles and government contracts trading by dealer)
  • Hitachi Metals America, Ltd., T.C. No. 021552-90, Hitachi Denshi America, Ltd., T.C. No. 021550-90, Hitachi Power Tools U.S.A., Ltd., T.C. No. 21679-90 (transfer pricing for distributors of tangible goods)
  • Universal Mfg. Co. v. Comm'r, 93 T.C. 589 (1989) (IRS administrative summons responses inadmissible in Tax Court)
  • Johnson v. United States, 11 Cl. Ct. 17 (1986) (test case for equipment leasing sale-leaseback transactions)
  • Jack Barry Productions, Inc. v. United States, 8 Cl. Ct. 428 (1985) (overturned Treasury Regulation relating to qualification of television game shows for Investment Tax Credits)


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Firm News & Announcements

August 18, 2022 The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Recognizes 54 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year
June 1, 2022 Chambers USA 2022 Ranks 70 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 37 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
August 19, 2021 The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year
May 20, 2021 Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
February 17, 2020 Crowell & Moring’s Tax Group Recognized by World Tax and World Transfer Pricing
September 1, 2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
July 17, 2012 Crowell & Moring Expands Tax Group with Addition of Two Tax Controversy and Litigation Partners