William F. Nelson


Will Nelson is former co-leader of Bingham’s Tax Group. His practice encompasses all areas of federal taxation, with special emphasis on partnership taxation and tax controversy and litigation matters. He was one of the founding partners of McKee Nelson, which joined Bingham in 2009.

From 1986 to 1988, Will served as chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service.

He is co-author of the treatise Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 4th edition, 2007) and also co-authored Structuring and Drafting Partnership Agreements: Including LLC Agreements (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 3rd edition, 2003). Will has written articles on tax law for numerous journals and institutes, and is a frequent lecturer at various tax institutes.

Noted as being “technically expert, creative and a terrific tax litigator” and a “tremendous thinker who always provides great guidance," Will has been named one of the leading practitioners in the field of taxation by Chambers Global and Chambers USA as well as numerous other publications.

He was editor in chief of the Virginia Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif.


  • Speaker, Partnership Tax Rules From the Birth of the Partnership Through its Operating Life, With Emphasis on Tax Issues, Planning Strategies, and Opportunities and Tax Planning Possibilities in Unwinding, PLI Seminar, New York, N.Y. (May 21, 2013)
  • Speaker, Practising Law Institute’s Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2012, New York, N.Y. (May 22-23, 2012)

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers, Litigation & Controversy — Tax (2012–2014)
  • Best Lawyers, Tax Law (2010–2014)
  • Chambers Global, Tax: Corporate (2001–2014)
  • Chambers USA, Tax (2003–2014)
  • Chambers USA, Tax Controversy (2006–2014)
  • Legal 500, Tax Controversy (2013)
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers (2013)
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C. (2013)
  • Euromoney’s Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Tax Advisers

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