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David B. Blair


David B. Blair is a partner and chair of Crowell & Moring's Tax Group. Mr. Blair's practice is in the area of federal tax litigation and controversy. With over thirty years of tax litigation and trial experience, he has handled large tax litigations in the areas of transfer pricing, foreign tax credits, partnerships, tax-exempt bonds, consolidated returns, excise taxes, employment taxes, and tax accounting issues. He is also active in pro bono litigation. Where clients sought resolution short of litigation, Mr. Blair achieved outstanding results through alternative dispute resolution procedures, including the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Fast Track Settlement program. He also has extensive experience in handling tax controversies before IRS Exam, Appeals, National Office, and Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement program (APMA).

A recognized authority on tax controversy, Mr. Blair taught transfer pricing as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and regularly speaks at tax conferences and symposia. He is the editor of The Transfer Pricing Answer Book (Practising Law Institute) and a co-author of the BNA Tax Management Portfolio No. 891-2nd, "Transfer Pricing: Audits, Appeals, and Penalties."

Mr. Blair is recognized as a leading lawyer in the tax field by Chambers USA.

Mr. Blair began his career as a trial attorney for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated tax issues before the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts.

Representative Engagements

  • BrokerTec Holdings Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. No. 3573-17 (Non-shareholder contributions to capital).
  • Exxon Corp. v. Commissioner, 113 T.C. 338 (1999) (Foreign tax credit for U.K. Petroleum Revenue Tax).
  • DeNaples v. Commissioner, 674 F.3d 172 (3d Cir. 2012) (Tax exempt interest).
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Commissioner, 114 T.C. 293 (2000) (Tax accounting).
  • Mary Kay Corp. v. Commissioner, T.C. Nos. 18150-02 and 14352-03 (Transfer pricing regarding marketing intangibles).
  • Danstar Ferment, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. No. 12288-04 (Foreign personal holding company tax).
  • Representation of Branded Pharmaceuticals Company on International Tax Issues before IRS Exam and Appeals.
  • Representations of International Oil & Gas Companies on Partnership Issues before IRS Exam and Appeals.
  • Representation of International Oil & Gas Company on Section 45Q Environmental Credits before IRS Exam and Appeals.


  • Georgetown University, B.A. (1985)
  • Cornell Law School, J.D. (1989) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia and Massachusetts (inactive)

Court admissions:

  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas


  • Vice-Chair, Inter-Pacific Bar Association's Tax Committee (2015-2017)
  • J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court for U.S. Tax Court (1999-2017)

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"IRS Update," 87th Annual Federal Tax Forum, Houston, TX. (May 3, 2022). Speakers: David Blair and David Fischer.
"Deposit Penalty Relief for Superfund Chemical Taxes," Tax Alert (April 18, 2022). Contacts: Irina Pisareva, David B. Blair
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Build Back Better Green Energy Tax Credit Proposals: Direct Pay," Bloomberg Tax (February 24, 2022). Authors: David B. Blair, and Irina Pisareva.
"Build Back Better Green Energy Tax Credit Proposals: Buy America," Bloomberg Tax (February 23, 2022). Authors: David B. Blair, Addie R. Cliffe, Irina Pisareva.
"Build Back Better Green Energy Tax Credit Proposals: Labor Laws," Bloomberg Tax (February 22, 2022). Authors: Ira M. Saxe, David B. Blair, Eric Su, and Irina Pisareva.
"Crowell & Moring and Detroit Tax Executives Institute Chapter 2022," IRS Administrative Affairs Webinar (February 16, 2022). Speakers: David B. Blair, S. Staring Marshall, Carina C. Federico.
"Green Energy Tax Incentives to Advance American Infrastructure," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 13, 2022). Speakers: David B. Blair, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Irina Pisareva, and Eric Su.
"Overview of the Tax Provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act," Tax Alert (November 15, 2021). Contacts: David B. Blair, Irina Pisareva, Anthony G. Provenzano
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