Pauline W. Markey

Partner
Located in

Philadelphia, PA

“I enjoy the mental challenge of understanding the intricacies of the tax Code and finding order in what initially appears to be chaos to resolve a client’s tax issue.”

- Pauline Markey

“I enjoy the mental challenge of understanding the intricacies of the tax Code and finding order in what initially appears to be chaos to resolve a client’s tax issue.”

- Pauline Markey

Pauline focuses her practice on United States federal income tax. Her practice includes tax planning for mid-size LLC and partnerships, public financing, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and tax controversy.

Some of Pauline’s skills include drafting and reviewing partnership/LLC agreements, reviewing and revising stock/asset purchase agreements, and, with respect to executive compensation, negotiating the employment or separation agreement.

As one may expect with a tax attorney, Pauline welcomes challenges with open arms. She enjoys intellectual tasks. In fact, when Pauline is not working, she can often be found reading. She also enjoys traveling to remote locations to observe wildlife.

Pauline has significant experience translating complex tax issues for general business application and providing practical tax advice to CFOs and other stakeholders. She specifically provides tax advice and planning for small to mid-sized companies, and prepares sophisticated tax memorandums, opinions, and private letter rulings.

Pauline’s notable work includes the following:

  • Advising start-up and middle market companies on executive compensation plans and structuring nonqualified deferred compensation plans through the use of phantom stock and restricted stock plans;
  • Representing a CEO and his business in a $4 million settlement of a tax audit with the elimination of fraud penalties, along with a significant reduction in accuracy-related penalties;
  • Obtaining favorable long-term capital gain treatment for an executive in a $15 million patent transaction;
  • Supervising the legal entity rationalization of a multinational chemical manufacturing company with a project budget of $2 million; and
  • Leading the simultaneous acquisition and sale of a business line with a purchase price of more than $11 billion.

Pauline also has over a decade of AM Law 100 and big four accounting firm experience, including time spent working with stakeholders of private and public entities.

Pauline was chosen as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 Best of the Bar award winners in the Tax and Employee Benefits category. The Best of the Bar awards were designed to honor the top lawyers within the Philadelphia region in business litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property, plaintiff personal injury, bankruptcy, corporate, real estate, tax/employee benefits, and in-house counsel. Pauline was also invited to sit on the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.