Gary D. Sprague

Managing Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP

Gary D. Sprague

Gary D. Sprague

Managing Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Gary Sprague, a 25-year veteran of international law, is a recognized leader in his field by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers, Who's Who Legal and Guide to The World's Leading Tax Advisers. Mr. Sprague is also regularly included among the North America's top tax advisers, most recently by the International Tax Review World Tax 2011. He is a regular contributor to the Tax Management International Journal’s Leading Practitioner Commentary. Mr. Sprague currently serves as managing partner of the Firm's San Francisco/Palo Alto office.

Practice Focus

Mr. Sprague focuses his practice on international corporate tax planning and advice, tax controversies and e-commerce law. He represents software, high technology, and e-commerce companies.

Professional Associations and Memberships

* State Bar of California
* American Bar Association - Section on Taxation
* International Fiscal Association - USA Branch

Admission

California~United States (1981)

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude) (1981)
Stanford University (B.A. Honors) (1977)
Trinity College, Dublin

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Baker & McKenzie LLP

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Gary D. Sprague
Managing Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1981

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

BA in Political Science with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1977

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

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Trinity College is a research university and the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland as well as Ireland's oldest university. Trinity College is now surrounded by Dublin and is located on College Green, opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament. The college proper occupies 47 acres with many of its buildings ranged around large quadrangles and two playing fields. Academically, it is divided into three faculties comprising 25 schools, offering degree and diploma courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As of 2014, it was ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as the 138th best university in the world, by the QS World University Rankings as the 71st best, by the Academic Ranking of World Universities as within the 151200 range, and by all three as the best university in Ireland. The college was founded in 1592.

Memberships
Member, Section of Taxation
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current

The USA Branch is the largest IFA branch, with approximately 1,000 members. The Branch is divided into 15 regions, each headed by a Regional Vice President (RVP) and a local committee. The Regions are active and routinely host events and conferences for members and guests. The locations of the regions and the contact information for the RVPs can be found by clicking on the "Organization" section above. The USA Branch hosts a two-day conference in late February/early March of each year consisting of presentations by eminent international tax experts on topics, planning ideas and issues of current importance. The venue rotates among Washington, DC, New York, NY, and other cities (the 2010 Conference will be held held in Philadelphia)

Career History
Managing Partner
1985 - Current

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a US based law firm that provides legal services. It serves diverse clients from dozens of offices across the Americas and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1949 and it is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Contributing Author, Leading Practitioner Commentary
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Member, North American Regional Council
Tenure Unconfirmed

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a US based law firm that provides legal services. It serves diverse clients from dozens of offices across the Americas and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1949 and it is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member, Executive Leadership Committee
Current

The USA Branch is the largest IFA branch, with approximately 1,000 members. The Branch is divided into 15 regions, each headed by a Regional Vice President (RVP) and a local committee. The Regions are active and routinely host events and conferences for members and guests. The locations of the regions and the contact information for the RVPs can be found by clicking on the "Organization" section above. The USA Branch hosts a two-day conference in late February/early March of each year consisting of presentations by eminent international tax experts on topics, planning ideas and issues of current importance. The venue rotates among Washington, DC, New York, NY, and other cities (the 2010 Conference will be held held in Philadelphia)

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