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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.


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


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

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"IRS Update," 87th Annual Federal Tax Forum, Houston, TX. (May 3, 2022). Speakers: David Blair and David Fischer.
"Tax Reform Redux; Seizing Opportunities and Mitigating Risks," Tax Executives Institute Hybrid 72 Midyear Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2022). Speaker: David J. Fischer.
Transition Tax Campaign Expected To Fuel Further Disputes Law360 (December 10, 2021)
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"Developments at the Independent Office of Appeals," Crowell & Moring's Managing Tax Audits and Appeals Seminar 2021 (October 8, 2021). Speakers: Andy Keyso, David J. Fischer, and Eleanor Moran McWaters.
"Advance Pricing Agreements and Competent Authority," Crowell & Moring's Managing Tax Audits and Appeals Seminar 2021 (October 7, 2021). Speakers: John C.C Hughes, David J. Fischer, and Eleanor Moran McWaters.
The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year (August 19, 2021)
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"IRS Releases Guidance Regarding Section 45Q Carbon Capture and Sequestration Tax Credit," Tax Alert (July 6, 2021). Contacts: David B. Blair, David J. Fischer, Carina C. Federico, Eric Homsi
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Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (May 20, 2021)
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