Taxation is a difficult practice area to place attorneys. There are not a lot of openings for tax lawyers in law firms, and tax lawyers often support corporate attorneys and not the other way around. Because there is also not as much tax work in law firms as there is corporate, real estate and other types of work— law firms are very slow to hire tax attorneys as well. There are also a great number of attorneys that come out of LLM programs and taxation at New York University Law School, the University of Florida Law School, Georgetown and other schools which creates a large supply of tax attorneys for very few jobs. Due to this overabundance of tax attorneys, most of them work in accounting firms as opposed to law firms.
I have had a lot of success placing tax attorneys from law firms; however, in most cases, these attorneys were in niche practice areas such as international tax, employee benefits and similar areas. Also, when a tax attorney is open to relocating to other areas of the country they are often able to find positions where they might not have otherwise while also staying in their home market.
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