Jenny A. Austin

Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Life Sciences


Jenny Austin is a partner in Mayer Brown's Chicago office and a member of the Tax Controversy practice. She concentrates her practice on federal tax controversy and litigation, working across all industries, including medical device, pharmaceutical, health care, retail, and technology companies. She guides clients through all stages of tax controversies, from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits to administrative appeals, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and litigation. Jenny is prepared to respond to a variety of both domestic and international issues that the IRS audits and challenges. Jenny favors strategies to resolve issues successfully with the IRS at the earliest possible stage without litigation.


  • Represented various pharmaceutical, medical device, health care, retail, and consumer product companies in disputes with the IRS over the tax consequences of cross-border operations, including section 482
  • Represented various companies in disputes with the IRS over cost-sharing and buy-in (pre-existing intangibles and acquisitions) related issues
  • Represented various technology companies in disputes with the IRS over global marketing activities and charges

Formação Acadêmica

  • New York University School of Law, LLM in Taxation
  • Washington University School of Law, JD
    Washington University Law Review
  • Washington University, BSBA, AB


  • Illinois


  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Tax Court


  • Board Member, Midwest Region, UNICEF USA
  • Member, Tax Authority: Federal, US Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2019)
  • 40 Under 40, Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2018)
  • Recommended, Tax: US taxes: contentious, The Legal 500 US (2018)
  • Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
  • Vice Chair, Transfer Pricing Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association (2017–present)