Jeff Starkey practices primarily in the areas of tax controversy and litigation, advising clients on a wide range of issues associated with their general business activities and financial transactions. Jeff regularly represents clients in all phases of federal and state controversies, including examination, administrative appeals, the submission of refund claims, and litigation. He has litigated cases in the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court and various state courts.
Jeff has extensive experience in discovery-related matters, including the taking of international discovery and e-discovery. He has represented clients in discovery proceedings under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad (including depositions in multiple jurisdictions), and has overseen the collection and review of large quantities of electronic data both in the U.S. and abroad. Jeff is a member of Sutherland’s Electronic Discovery and Information Management team.
Sutherland represents international insurance company in tax litigation regarding $306 million tax refund.
Sutherland represents an international insurance company in a refund suit that it filed for its 1997 tax year, seeking the return of approximately $306 million in tax, penalties and interest. The case involves a number of issues, including whether the company is entitled to certain foreign tax credits that it claimed in various cross-border financing transactions.
Sutherland wins summary judgment for GM in car repair tax assessment cases.
Sutherland secured summary judgment for General Motors in a case challenging a $50 million state tax assessment arising from post-warranty vehicle repairs. Sutherland represented GM in both the trial court and on appeal. The appellate court recently affirmed the summary judgment in all respects.
Sutherland represents taxpayer in foreign tax credit statute of limitations case.
Sutherland represents a leading specialty chemical company in a tax refund suit involving the statute of limitations governing claims for refund attributable to additional foreign tax credits arising following the contesting of a foreign tax assessment. At issue is when the 10-year statute of limitations begins to run. Is it the year in which the contest ended, or the year to which the contested foreign taxes related?
Awards and Rankings
Recipient, Sewall Key Prize, awarded by the Georgetown University Law Center to the graduating student who does the best work in the field of taxation (2006)
Member, Taxation Section, American Bar Association
Member, Taxation Section, District of Columbia Bar
Member, Tax Section, New York State Bar Association