James M. Peaslee


New York
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James M. Peaslee is a partner based in the New York office.

Mr. Peaslee's practice focuses on tax matters.

He is the co-author of Federal Income Taxation of Securitization Transactions (4th Edition, www.securitizationtax.com), as well as a number of articles on tax subjects. Best Lawyers selected Mr. Peaslee as its "2011 New York Tax Lawyer of the Year" and has consistently recognized him in The Best Lawyers in America. He is also distinguished as one of the best tax lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, The Legal 500 U.S. and Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best Guide. Mr. Peaslee is similarly included in the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and the PLC Handbook: Tax on Corporate Transactions as a "highly recommended" tax lawyer. Mr. Peaslee was also recognized in International Tax Review’s "World Tax" rankings for his outstanding work in capital markets.

Mr. Peaslee joined the firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1984.  He received an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1979 and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1976.  He received an M.A. degree in economics, magna cum laude, and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1973.

Mr. Peaslee is a member of the Bar in New York and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Tax Section since 1983.  He was Chair of the Tax Section in 1991.

Honors and Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America - 2011 New York Tax Lawyer of the Year.

The Best Lawyers in America - Tax.

Chambers Global - Tax: Corporate: United States.

Chambers USA - Tax.

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Tax: Corporate Transanctions.

PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook/Handbook - Tax.

International Tax Review's World Tax - Capital Markets.

The Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best Guide - Tax.

The Legal 500 U.S. - Tax: East Coast.


  • New York University School of Law
    (LL.M., 1979)
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., 1976)
  • Yale University
    (B.A./M.A., 1973)

Bar Admissions

New York - April 11, 1977

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