Jeffrey Vesely

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jeffrey M. Vesely is leader of Pillsbury’s State & Local Tax group. He focuses on state and local tax matters, including income, franchise, sales and use, employment and other taxes. His practice consists of administrative and judicial tax litigation, state and local tax planning and transactional work.

Prior to joining the firm in 1985, Jeff was a tax attorney with Getty Oil Co., the California Department of Justice Tax Division, and the California Franchise Tax Board. He has litigated state and local tax matters throughout the United States, in administrative tribunals, state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, state supreme courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Prevailed on behalf of Apple in challenging Franchise Tax Board’s treatment of foreign dividends and the disallowance of interest expense deductions in a water’s edge setting. In the first published court decision dealing with the interest expense issues, the California Court of Appeal fully allowed the deductions.
  • Defended Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco in an unprecedented $22 million tax dispute with the City and County of San Francisco, reaffirming that internal transfers of property between affiliated corporations are exempt from documentary transfer taxes. (Kerne Matsubara, co-counsel)
  • Achieved victory for Beneficial New Jersey in New Jersey Tax Court case involving interest add-back provisions. Court concluded that the taxpayer’s interest expense deductions should be fully allowed under the unreasonable exception.
  • In the lead case for the entertainment industry in the Indiana tax court challenging the Department of Revenue’s controversial use of an audience factor in computing income, completely abated assessments of $21 million for a well-known cable TV network. (Annie Huang, co-counsel)
  • Argued General Electric v. Franchise Tax Board, which challenged the validity of California’s controversial amnesty penalty.
  • Argued Guy F. Atkinson Co. of California v. Franchise Tax Board, which involved the application of tax credits in a unitary business setting.
  • Argued Navistar International Transportation Corp., et al. v. State Board of Equalization, which involved the taxability of intangibles under the California sales and use tax law.


  • J.D., San Fernando Valley University, 1975
  • M.B.A., Taxation, Golden Gate University, 1982
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1972

ADMISSIONS : California


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