Extremely smart and creative” and “super-responsive.
Chambers USA

Julie Divola’s practice focuses on corporate and partnership taxation, with particular emphasis on U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and restructurings.

Julie, the leader of Pillsbury’s San Francisco Tax practice, is experienced in federal income tax planning for business and financial transactions. She advises on the tax aspects of all manner of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. Julie currently serves as an officer for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. She is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law, where she teaches Corporate Tax and is a frequent speaker at tax conferences.

Representative Experience

  • Serves as special tax counsel to a number of publicly traded companies, including Amazon.com Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc., in connection with their major acquisition and restructuring transactions.
  • Advised NTT Data Corp. in its $3.06 billion purchase of Dell Inc.’s IT services arm, Dell Systems.
  • Represented Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. in its acquisition of casino-games company Multimedia Games for $1.2 billion.

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Professional Highlights

Julie is active in the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, where she serves as Vice Chair (Publications) and Editor-in-Chief, The Tax Lawyer.  She is also a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.


She is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law where she teaches Corporate Tax. She has also taught Corporate Tax as a Visiting Professor at the UC Davis School of Law and Tax Policy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. 


Julie serves on a number of professional boards, including the advisory board of the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (CCH), Legal Tax Advisory Board, and the editorial board of the Practical Tax Lawyer.

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  • She serves as Secretary and Trustee for the van Löben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation (a private foundation that promotes social justice causes through legal services and advocacy).

  • Honors & Awards

    • “Lawyer of the Year,” Tax Law, San Francisco—Best Lawyers 2017
    • Chambers USA, Tax—California (2003-2019)
    • The Legal 500 U.S., Domestic Tax (2011-2015), Tax Non-Contentious (2016-2017)
    • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law (2006-2019)
    • United States Lawyer Rankings, The Nation’s Top Lawyers—The Nation’s Top Ten Tax Lawyers (2013-2015)
    • Who’s Who Legal, Tax—San Francisco (2011-2015)
    • Super Lawyers (2004-2015)
  • Associations
    • American Bar Association Tax Section: Vice Chair (Publications); Editor-in-Chief, The Tax Lawyer; past Council Director; past Member, Nominating Committee; past Chair, Corporate Tax Committee
    • NYU Institute on Federal Taxation, Advisory Board Member
    • Practical Tax Lawyer, Editorial Board, Member
    • Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (CCH), Legal Tax Advisory Board, Member
    • van Löben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation, Secretary and Trustee; past Chair of the Audit Committee
    • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • ALI-ABA Annual Course of Study on Corporate Taxation, Past Co-Chair
    • California State Bar Association (Tax Section): past-Vice Chair, Executive Committee; Past-Chair, Corporate Tax/Corporate Tax Counsel Committee: past Chair, Pass-Throughs and Real Estate Tax Committee
    • San Francisco Tax Club, past President
  • Representative Speaking Engagements
    • Selected Seller and Buyer Issues, Including Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, Practising Law Institute’s Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2018, Presenter, December 5, 2018
    • Interesting Corporate Transactions of the Past Year, Practising Law Institute’s Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2018, Presenter, November 14, 2018
    • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The First Year, National Association of State Bar Tax Sections’ 39th Annual Meeting, Speaker, October 26, 2018
    • Featured speaker at the Portland Tax Forum, presenting on Corporate Tax.
    • “Compensatory Interests and Other Arrangements Including Options and Phantom Equity, PLI Seminar: Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2018, Speaker, June 5, 2018”
    • Consolidated Return Issues under the TCJA, Speaker, April 19, 2018
    • ABA Tax Section 2018 Midyear Meeting, Panelist, February 8-10, 2018
    • Compensatory Interests and Other Arrangements Including Options and Phantom Equity, PLI Seminar: Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2016, Speaker, June 8, 2016
    • M&A Structures: Joint Ventures, Pass-Throughs & Disregarded Entities, 31st Texas Federal Tax Institute, Panelist, June 11, 2015
    • Partnership and LLC Compensatory Interests Including Options, PLI Seminar: Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2015, Speaker, June 10, 2015
    • Public and Private Spin-offs, American Bar Association 2015 Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Panelist, April 16, 2015
    • Partnership and LLC Compensatory Interests Including Options, Practising Law Institute’s Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2014 Seminar, Panelist, June 10, 2014
    • Corporate Tax Committee, American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2014 May Meeting, Panelist, May 10, 2014
    • Closing Business Transactions Part I: A Detailed Examination of Structuring and Negotiating, Practising Law Institute’s Pocket MBA Summer 2014: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals Seminar, Panelist, May 6, 2014
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Primer, ALI-ABA Corporate Taxation: Tax Planning for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Transactions Seminar, Speaker, March 26, 2014
    • Tax Reform for Dummies: What Every Business Lawyer Should Know, Business Law Section at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Panelist, August 11, 2013
    • Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2013, Practising Law Institute Seminar, Speaker June 11, 2013 and April 30, 2013
    • Optional Introductory Lecture: Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Primer, ALI-ABA CLE Course of Study - Corporate Taxation, Presenter, April 3, 2013
    • Current Developments in Subchapter C, American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2013 Midyear Meeting, Panelist, January 26, 2013
    • Current Developments in Corporate Taxation, 2012 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference, Presenter, November 2, 2012
    • ‘Picnic Lunch’ Program: Partnership and LLC Compensatory Interests Including Options, Practising Law Institute’s Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2012 Program, Presenter, June 13, 2012
    • M&A Structures with Joint Ventures, Pass-Throughs, and Disregarded Entities, 28th Annual Texas Federal Tax Institute Program, Presenter, June 7, 2012
    • Tax Considerations, Practising Law Institute’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2012 Program, Presenter, May 8, 2012
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Primer, ALI-ABA CLE Course of Study, Presenter, March 25, 2012
    • Tax Opinions: What Does It Cost You and What Is It Worth to Your Client?, American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2012 Midyear Meeting, Panelist, February 18, 2012

Education

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1986
    summa cum laude, 1st in class

    B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980

Admissions

  • California