Wendy Pearson

Wendy Pearson, Tax Attorney

Wendy Pearson is a former I.R.S. attorney and an "AV" rated tax attorney whose practice emphasizes federal and state tax compliance. Ms. Pearson represents a diverse array of businesses, exempt organizations, health care organizations, Tribal Governments, and individual clients with their tax audits, tax planning, and regulatory compliance issues.

Over her more than twenty year career, she has managed hundreds of cases and client projects with multi-faceted teams of personnel to achieve successful outcomes for her clients. Ms. Pearson has proven experience in state and federal tax audits and controversies, complex litigation, administrative and regulatory practice, government negotiations, and business planning and development in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  View Wendy Pearson's Resume.


  • University of Florida School of Law
    • LL.M in Taxation - Cum Laude, 1987
  • Gonzaga School of Law
    • J.D., Cum Laude 1986, Thomas More Scholar 1983-1986
  • University of Nevada Reno
    • B.S., English Literature, Magna Cum Laude, 1982


  • ABA Tax Section, Chair of Indian Tribal Tax Committee
  • Bar Admissions: Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation since 1987
  • Admitted to practice in several United States Courts of Appeal, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court

Representative Presentations

  • ABA Tax Section, “Federal Taxation of Tribes and Their Members.” (2012)
  • WSBA, Indian Law Section, “Resolving the Issue of IRS Audits under the General Welfare Doctrine.” (2012)
  • Washington State Bar Association, "Federal Tax Controversies"- multiple presentation years
  • Hospital Finance and Management Association, "The New Form 990" (2008); "IRS Audits-Strategic Planning and Risk Management." (2009)
  • National Indian Tribal Tax Alliance, "IRS Audits of Tribal Governments and Their Enterprises" (2008), "Preparing for an IRS Audit" (2005) and "Rights and Procedures Involving Federal Civil Tax Controversies" (2003)
  • Law Seminars International, "Update on Federal Tax Policies and Financing for Tribal Development." (2010)
  • HC Pro, Inc., "The New 990 Tax Form: Accurate reporting to avoid IRS scrutiny." (2009)