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David Pope


David Pope is a state and local tax partner in the New York office. Prior to joining DLA Piper David practiced state and local tax in the New York office of an international law firm and in a Big 4 accounting firm.

David's practice focuses on state and local corporate income tax, sales and use tax, property tax, payroll tax, personal income tax and unclaimed property in all states. He represents clients in all aspects of state and local tax, including controversy, litigation, planning and restructuring matters. In addition, David has substantial experience defending clients in tax-related False Claims Act matters. David has advised Fortune 500 clients in the retail, financial, digital, insurance, energy, media, telecommunication, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries across the United States.

Bar admissionsNew York
  • L.L.M., Tax, New York University School of Law
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude
  • B.S., State University of New York at Binghamton

Publications and media

David frequently writes articles on state and local tax issues across the country. He regularly appears in national media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Politico, Mansion Global, Chicago Law Bulletin, Law 360 and Tax Notes.  David has presented for organizations, including the American Bar Association, Council on State Taxation, Tax Executives Institute, Bloomberg BNA, Organization for International Investment, New England SALT Forum, Advanced State and Local Tax Institute, and California Tax Bar. David publishes articles for various organizations, including State Tax Notes, Accounting Today, Corporate Taxation, Chain Store Age, and recently contributed to the state and local tax portion of the US Taxation of Foreign-Controlled Businesses treatise

David’s recent articles include:

  • Author, "New York Taxman Should Hope Trump’s Criminal Trial Runs Long," Bloomberg Tax, May 3, 2024
  • Author, "As Congress Passes on SALT, States Turn to Pass-Through Entities," Bloomberg Tax, August 2022
  • Author, "What NJ Taxpayers Should Know About Russia Sanction Law," Law360, March 2022
  • Author, "State and local taxes in the United States" (Rzecpospolita Biznes w Czasie Pandemii), Poradnik Inwestora (Poland), November 2022
  • Author, "Working From Home:  State Tax Impact of a Growing Remote Workforce," Corporate Taxation, December 2020
  • Author, "Expert Opinion: The Looming Threat of Tax Whistleblower Lawsuits for Retailers," Chain Store Age, February 2020
  • Author, "Sales Tax Nexus Post-Wayfair: Addressing the Risks," Accounting Today, November 2019


David frequently speaks and on state and local tax issues across the country.  David’s recent speaking engagements and articles include:

  • Speaker, "Just Passing Through:  Developments and Updates for Pass-Through Entity Taxes," California Tax Policy Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2022
  • Speaker, "State Taxation of Foreign Income – An Update on TCJA Conformity, Subpart F Inclusion, Factor Representation, and Other Issues," 2022 TEI Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, October 2022
  • Speaker, "Remote Workforce Considerations," RILA Fall Tax Conference, Virtual, September 2022
  • Speaker, "Ethics Issues for In-House Tax Professionals," 2022 TEI Region VIII Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC, June 2022
  • Speaker, "The Locals are Here to Stay: An Update on Local Taxes and Fees Expansion and Litigation," 2022 TEI Midyear Conference, Washington, DC, March 2022
  • Speaker, "Top Transactional Tax Legislation/Cases in 2021 And What to Expect in 2022," COST 2022 Sales Tax Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 2022
  • Speaker, "Where's Everybody Going?  Residency Trends" 2021 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2021
  • Speaker, "SALT Transfer Pricing in the 21st Century," COST 2021 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, October 2021
  • Speaker, "Important Transactional Tax Controversies for 2021 and Beyond," COST 2021 Sales and Transaction Tax Webinar, Webinar, March 2021
  • Speaker, "State of the State,"  TEI New England Chapter's SALT Seminar, March 2021
  • Speaker, "Ethics Talk: Ethics and Professional Responsibilities for Attorneys and Other Tax Professionals," COST 2020 Annual Meeting, Webinar, October 2020
  • Speaker, "Professional Responsibility and Ethical Considerations for the In-House Tax Professional," TEI 75th Annual Conference, October 2020
  • Speaker, "Putting the ‘Opportunity’ in Opportunity Zones," Changing Times, The N.Y. Center for Financial Studies and the N.Y.C. Chapter, Society of Financial Services Professionals, New York, NY December 2019

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association - Tax Section
  • American Bar Association - Tax Section