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Murray Gordon has over four decades of experience in cross-border tax planning and tax examination defense for members of the life sciences, professional services, specialty chemical, personal care, automotive, heavy equipment and technology industries. He has designed and implemented tax-effective supply chains, monetized and tax-effected intellectual property, performed due diligence in acquisitions, prepared business segments for divestiture, and developed other structures that have enabled clients to optimize both the returns and taxation of their intangible property (i.e., brands, trade secrets, patents, trademarks, corporate reputation, etc.), high-value operations (i.e., marketing, logistics, manufacturing, product design, etc.), and investments.

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Murray has served as a tax attorney and partner with two major Chicago law firms, in-house tax counsel for several Fortune 100 life sciences companies, tax director of a well-known personal care corporation, and an executive director with a Big Four accounting firm. In the course of his work, he has traveled throughout Europe and Asia, working extensively with non-U.S. parent and subsidiary corporations, and frequently presented at international tax conferences.

His approach to client service is first to understand the relevant manufacturing or professional service industry—the competitive landscape, the research, product and process design, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and sales processes. Then, he asks about how the client sees itself within its industry, its processes, and its goals and objectives. These discussions, conducted in an efficient, concise, and frank manner, enable both the client and Murray to develop the appropriate strategies that will optimize the client’s tax position and that will be sustainable on examination.

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  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1976
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude, 1970


  • Illinois
  • United States Tax Court


Successfully defended U.S. and multi-country transfer pricing tax examinations with little or no change for several global life sciences companies and a well-known specialty chemicals company.



American Bar Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois CPA Society
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Mexican Tax Authority Seeks to Create and Tax Virtual Mexican Branches of Non-Mexican Companies
Executive Summary Non-Mexican businesses selling products into Mexico, through Mexican-based employees or sales representatives, or…
Speaking Engagements
Frequent Speaker on International Tax and Executive Tax Update
Masuda Funai Welcomes New Tax Attorney
We are excited to announce the recent addition of Murray L. Gordon to the Corporate & Finance team in the Chicago office. Murray will serve…
"Mexican Tax Authority Seeks to Create and Tax Virtual Mexican Branches of Non-Mexican Companies" - BizBuddy, June 2020
Co-Author "The Possession Tax Credit under Section 936" - Bureau of National Affairs Tax Management Portfolio 933


  • Elijah Watt Sells Award