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S. Starling Marshall


S. Starling Marshall is a partner in the Tax and Litigation groups in the firm’s New York office. Starling represents clients in commercial and tax litigation in federal and administrative tribunals, complex IRS audits and administrative appeals, provides tax-related advice, conducts internal investigations, and represents individuals and corporate entities in criminal tax matters.

Starling has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and recognized by the Legal 500 US for her contributions in the field of Tax - US Taxes - Contentious (2017). 

Prior to entering private practice, Starling served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section. There, she was responsible for all aspects of litigation, from motions to discovery to trial on a variety of issues involving tax shelters, complex refund suits, 1603 grant cases and TEFRA proceedings. She served on the Tax Division’s employment tax enforcement task force. She tried several cases as lead trial counsel, and litigated matters of first impression, including a case to determine the effect of a TEFRA judgment on penalties against partners, a case regarding the proper treatment of earn-out rights, and a case about the treatment of nuclear decommissioning liabilities. For her service, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded her the Outstanding Attorney Award (2015) and the Special Commendation for Outstanding Contribution (2013).

From 2008 – 2009, Starling served as a law clerk to the Honorable Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Her pro bono work includes serving as lead counsel with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, and ACLU-Utah, in a Bivens action against U.S. Marshals who raided a family’s home on two successive days. Starling received the New York County Lawyers Association Conspicuous Service Award for authoring a chapter in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Fifth Edition, a joint venture of Thomson Reuters and the New York County Lawyers Association.


  • Emory University, B.A. (2002)
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2005) cum laude


Admitted to practice: New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court (2013-present)
  • Dave Nee Foundation, President of the Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • Fordham Law Alumni Association of Washington, President of the Board of Directors (2012-2016)
  • Federal Bar Association - New York Chapter (2016-present), Taxation Steering Committee (2012-present)
  • American University's Washington College of Law, Adjunct Professor (2012-2016)

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"Best Practices for Responding to IDRs, Including Privilege and Controlling Information Flow in an Audit Setting", TEI 2022 Audits & Appeals Seminar, Tysons, VA. (September 21, 2022). Speaker: S. Starling Marshall.
The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Recognizes 54 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year (August 18, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
"Campaigns and Cases Impacting Multinationals," 50th Annual Conference of the USA Branch of the International Fiscal Association, Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2022). Speaker: S. Starling Marshall.
"Key Takeaways From Crowell’s 2022 Transportation & Logistics Industry Workshop," (March 31, 2022). Contacts: Meagan T. Bachman, Lorraine M. Campos, Rebecca Baden Chaney, S. Starling Marshall, Chahira Solh, Byron R. Brown, Mary-Caitlin Ray
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Cross-Border Enforcement Trends: Taxpayer Responses to New Enforcement Strategies," ABA's Webinar, 2022. (March 30, 2022). Speaker: S. Starling Marshall.
"72nd Midyear Conference" (March 20, 2022). Speakers: Starling Marshall.
"Positioning Your Transportation Disputes in a Supply-Constrained Era: Emerging Strategies in Force Majeure and Allocation" Eighth Annual In-House Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 10, 2022). Panelists: S. Starling Marshall and Chahira Solh.
"Recent Tax Changes Affecting Research and Development Expenses and Credit Claims," Tax Alert (March 9, 2022). Contacts: S. Starling Marshall, Carina C. Federico
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Welcome Remarks," Federal Bar Association - 2022 Tax Law Conference Webinar (March 4, 2022). Speaker: S. Starling Marshall.
"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.

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