Mary E.


Mary Monahan represents companies and individuals in audits, litigation and appeals involving the IRS. Mary participates in litigation in multiple federal forums, including the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, district courts, courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also represents taxpayers with respect to insurance company issues, interest matters, and eligibility for the research tax credit.

Drawing on 20 years’ experience litigating complex and technical federal tax issues, Mary also advises multinational corporations on international tax and tax planning for corporate acquisitions and restructurings, focusing particularly on tax accounting and income recognition issues.

Selected Experience

Sutherland secures partial summary judgment in research tax credit case.
Sutherland represented a national transportation company in a research tax credit case involving computer software development.  The court ordered a partial summary judgment in our client's favor with respect to the legal standard applicable to internal use software.
Sutherland represents State Farm in case involving two questions of first impression.
Sutherland argued the appeal for State Farm in a case with two questions of first impression--concerning the tax treatment of damages awarded to an insured and whether a nonlife operating loss is to be considered in calculating adjusted current earnings for purposes of the corporate alternative minimum tax.
Sutherland represents GE in litigation in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Sutherland litigated on behalf of GE in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims relating to the proper application of the interest netting rules in certain circumstances.

Awards and Rankings

Dean’s Fellow, George Washington University National Law Center

Winner, Tenth Annual Student Writing Contest of the American College of Tax Counsel (1991)

Professional Activities

Barrister member, J. Edgar Murdock American Inn of Court

  • J.D., with high honors, George Washington University National Law Center, Articles Editor, George Washington Law Review, Order of the Coif
  • A.B., cum laude, Georgetown University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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