Penn’s practice focuses on federal, state, local and international taxation matters, with emphasis on business transactions and planning, tax controversy work and tax-exempt organizations. He has extensive experience in acquisitions and divestitures, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, financings and international investments, including transactions in the financial services, energy, publishing, aggregates, healthcare, real estate, life sciences, media, telecommunications, specialty food and specialty chemicals industries. He also handles transactions involving historic, alternative energy and low-income housing tax credits, state & local economic development incentives and compliance issues. His corporate counsel experience includes projects in governance, compensation & benefits, risk management and government relations.
Penn routinely handles tax controversy matters before administrative agencies and judicial tribunals, including favorable resolution of numerous tax audits of income, estate, personal property, real property, business license and sales and use tax disputes. He also provides legislative representation before the Virginia General Assembly, the United States Congress and local governing bodies, including successful advocacy of tax incentives for companies expanding their operations in Virginia and numerous sales and property tax exemption matters.
In his representation of tax-exempt organizations, Penn counsels numerous entities on organizational and operational issues. His non-profit clients have included a statewide historic preservation organization, a preschool, a private secondary school, an educational foundation, a nonpartisan political advocacy group and a web-based campaign finance information provider.
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law and Litigation & Controversy - Tax Law, 2006–2019, 2021
Selected as "Lawyer of the Year," for Litigation & Controversy - Tax Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 2016 and 2019
Recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions" by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer magazines, 2013
Listed by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Taxes/Estates/Trusts, 2020
Recognized as a "Virginia Super Lawyer, "Tax Law, 2006–2018; Top 50 Virginia Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2011, Top 100 "Virginia Super Lawyers," 2012
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
AV Rating, Martindale
- Virginia Business Magazine, 11.30.2020
- 26 Hirschler Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers®, 4 Named “Lawyers of the Year” and 3 Listed Among “Ones to Watch”08.20.2020
- Your 2020 Tax Plan: Three Steps To Position Yourself and Your Business for Success in the Year Ahead12.17.2019
New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
St. John's University School of Law, J.D.
The University of the South, B.A., English, cum laude
- District of Columbia
- New York