Frank J. Emmons

Frank Emmons is a partner with the firm’s Tax group and focuses his practice on federal, state and local tax issues.

From 1977 to 1984, Frank Emmons worked as an attorney for the Chief Counsel’s office of the Internal Revenue Service. Since 1984, he has been in private practice. He is also a certified public accountant. In addition to the service areas outlined below, on a day-to-day basis, Frank advises clients on myriad income, payroll and excise tax issues including compliance and reporting issues (domestic and international), and qualification for advantageous tax treatment.

What do you focus on?


My work in this area involves the purchase and sale of businesses or divisions of businesses, which could take the form of asset purchases, stock purchases, joint ventures or tax-free mergers. This would include transactional and long-term tax planning and structuring, high level due diligence on tax issues, and drafting and reviewing the tax-oriented sections of transactional documents.

Formation of New Businesses

In this area, I work with clients on tax planning and the attendant structuring issues, including the drafting and review of the tax-oriented provisions of offering documents and governance documents.


A significant portion of my transactional and formation work has international aspects such as the acquisition by non-U.S. businesses of U.S. businesses or interests therein, or the converse.

Tax Controversies and Compliance

I have significant experience in federal, state and local tax controversies, including dealings with the examining agents at the audit level, administrative appeals, numerous trial of cases in the United States Tax Court and other forums, and appeals to both federal and state appellate courts. I also have significant experience in such issues as income tax reporting issues (domestic and international), voluntary disclosures (domestic and international), private letter ruling requests and, in conjunction with other members of the firm, criminal tax investigations and controversies.

Boston Beer merging with Dogfish Head in $300M deal

Boston Business Journal | May 09, 2019

In the following coverage, Nixon Peabody served as legal counsel to Boston Beer in a deal to acquire Dogfish Head Brewery, which will give the combined company a leading position in the high end of the U.S. beer market.

Vendere impianti, attrezzature e macchinari in USA: direttamente o tramite la propria filiale statunitense?

Wolters Kluwer’s Fiscalità Commercio Internazionale | February 12, 2019

In this contributed article to Wolters Kluwer’s Italian business publication, Chicago Corporate partners Chuck Bernardini and Frank Emmons discuss state and federal tax, customs and corporate considerations for an Italian manufacturer exporting plants, equipment and machinery to the USA, particularly whether to do so directly or through a U.S. subsidiary.


Frank J. Emmons



Phone: 312-977-4644

Fax: 844-571-5870

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Marquette University, B.S., magna cum laude

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Tax 2007, 2009-2013
  • A/V Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants
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