Holland & Knight Hires Tax Controversy Partner from NextEra Energy, Inc.
West Palm Beach, Fla. (January 10, 2019) – James Dawson has joined Holland & Knight's West Palm Beach office as a partner in the South Florida Litigation Practice Group. For the past 11 years, Mr. Dawson was an attorney in the legal department of NextEra Energy, Inc. (formerly FPL Group, Inc.). Prior to that, he was a partner with Fox Rothschild, where he co-chaired the Tax Controversy & Litigation practice group.
At NextEra, Mr. Dawson handled federal tax litigation for the company and its subsidiaries. He also provided tax advice related to transactions and other business matters, and led the company's response to IRS audits.
"Jim is a nationally respected litigator who handles sophisticated tax disputes and understands the complexities of corporate tax credits," said Adolfo Jimenez, head of Holland & Knight's South Florida Litigation Practice. "He is well-versed in all tax litigation disputes. Our energy, finance and technology clients will be very interested in his unique skill set. Any company that makes heavy research investments and takes advantage of federal tax credits can benefit from his advice and counsel."
At Holland & Knight, Mr. Dawson will continue to focus on complex IRS controversy matters, representing corporations and individuals during audits and in the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Dawson, who was born and raised in Panama and is fluent in Spanish, will also counsel foreign multinationals on U.S. tax issues.
"I look forward to using my significant knowledge and experience to benefit Holland & Knight's clients in the energy industry and beyond," said Mr. Dawson. "I'm thrilled to be joining such a robust and respected team of professionals."
Mr. Dawson received J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.B.A degree from the University of Miami. He also attended Panama Canal College.
Holland & Knight has 75 litigators in its Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices practicing in the areas of complex commercial litigation, class actions, appeals, international litigation and arbitration, securities litigation, product liability, white collar and enforcement defense, labor and employment, alternative dispute resolution and media law. With more than 460 attorneys firmwide, Holland & Knight's litigation practice is one of the largest in the country.