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The New Federal Tax Law: the Implications are Surprisingly Bad for Plaintiffs and their Lawyers.
Published by Montana Trial Lawyers Association and New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association

Mr. Wood will discuss the new federal tax law and its implications for plaintiffs and their lawyers. For many types of cases, the lack of tax deductions for legal fees may be catastrophic. Plaintiffs in many types of litigation will feel the full force of paying taxes on their gross recoveries, with no deduction for their legal fees and costs. Topics discussed will include: changes in how taxes on attorney fees are determined, and the elimination of the “below-the-line deduction” for legal fees; the numerous types of cases impacted by the changes, including insurance bad faith, employment, whistle blower, sexual harassment, intentional emotional distress, and punitive damages; and, the implications of the tax laws on settlement negotiations.

Robert Wood
Robert W. Wood practices law with Wood LLP (, and is the author of Taxation of Damage Awards and Settlement Payments, available at He advises plaintiffs, defendants and their attorneys on the taxation of settlements and judgments, and is a frequent expert witness. He is a tax columnist for Forbes and for Tax Notes.
Originally Published
September 27, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
  1. The New Federal Tax Law: the Implications are Surprisingly Bad for Plaintiffs and their Lawyers - Video
  2. The New Federal Tax Law: the Implications are Surprisingly Bad for Plaintiffs and their Lawyers - Paper

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