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Maria T. Jones

Partner

Phone: 212.715.9256 Fax: 212.715.8256 New York

Ms. Jones is a leading practitioner in the field of state and local tax matters and is in charge of the firm’s state and local tax practice.

Prior to moving into private practice, Ms. Jones served as a Commissioner of the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal, appointed by Governor Cuomo in 1989, as one of the original Commissioners to adjudicate taxpayer disputes. As such, she has been on the cutting edge of many of the legal interpretations now being applied in the state tax area. Before serving on the Tribunal, Ms. Jones was Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the New York City Department of Finance, where she advised the Commissioner on legal and policy issues and supervised a staff of 30 attorneys.

Representative Transactions

  • Multistate planning for corporate clients.
  • Banks and financial service organizations with respect to international banking facilities, questions of nexus and application of Commerce Clause of U.S. Constitution to state and local taxes.
  • Corporate and partnership entities in various industries with respect to issues of combination, allocation, sourcing and classification of income among states, treatment of losses, taxability and activities and nexus.  
  • High net worth individuals with issues relating to state of domicile or residence for tax purposes, allocation and characterization of income, and appraisal of charitable donations.

Ms. Jones has received numerous honors, including being elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel in 2014.  The Best  Lawyers in America named her Lawyer of the Year 2015 for Litigation and Controversy-Tax. Ms. Jones is also listed in Turnarounds & Workouts magazine’s list of "Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms" (2011-2014), New York’s "Women Leaders in the Law" (2013) and Avenue magazine’s "Top Women Lawyers." Chambers USA and Legal 500 US have described Ms. Jones as "a New York City legend," who clients say "listens really well and has a great sense of our needs," has "the ability to listen and manage, to analyze and document, to clarify and synthesize," is "capable of outstanding precision and succinctness in her writings, comments and management," is recommended for her "efficiency, knowledgeable analysis, practicality and excellent relationships with taxing authorities," and "will not allow anyone working with her on a case, neither the client nor her staff, to be led off track for any reason." In addition, Ms. Jones was honored at The Legal Aid Society 2005 Pro Bono Awards.

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J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1975
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B.A., Antioch College, 1971
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New York, 1976
    -New York State Bar Association, Former Member, Executive Committee of the Tax Section and Co-Chair, Committee on New York City Taxes, Co-Chair Committees on Franchise and Income Taxes and Sales Taxes
    -New York City Bar Association, Former Chair, Committee on State and Local Taxation
    -Elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, 2014
    -Legal Aid Society Low Income Tax Clinic Advisory Board
    -Honored at The Legal Aid Society 2005 Pro Bono Awards
    -Adjunct Professor, New York Law School, 1992-1993
    -Recipient, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 1971-72
    -Former Chair, Board of Trustees, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Inc.