Emily A. Parker

Emily A. Parker

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Senior Counsel

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Emily Parker represents taxpayers in IRS audits and appeals proceedings, state tax audits and hearings, and federal and state tax refund and deficiency litigation. She also advises on federal income tax and Texas tax planning, with expertise in taxation of natural resources and partnership and corporate transactions involving the petroleum industry. Emily has represented clients in a number of precedent-setting cases that decided important industry issues and developed previously unsettled issues of tax law.

She is hailed as a "terrific tax litigator who is practical, effective and can communicate with a broad range of people" and is described as "one of the best tax controversy lawyers in Texas," according to clients quoted by Chambers USA.

Emily was previously Acting Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel for the IRS. She is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • Representing publicly traded financial services company in Appeals proceeding relating to various tax advantaged transactions

  • Represented sports franchise and owner in IRS audit and Appeals proceeding involving various issues, including issues unique to the sports business

  • Representing publicly traded homebuilder in Appeals proceeding relating primarily to proposed disallowance of net operating loss carryovers

  • Acted as expert witness for major investment banking firm regarding structure and effect of tax advantaged investments and as expert witness for a bankrupt company regarding a number of consolidated return related issues

  • Represented publicly traded exploration and production company in IRS audit and Appeals proceeding regarding various issues, including tax treatment of a volumetric production payment

  • Represented retailer in Tax Court proceeding regarding arm's length pricing of insurance commissions received by retailer in connection with customer insurance reinsured with company owned by retailer

  • Representing major petroleum company in Appeals proceeding relating to deduction of intangible drilling and development cost for deepwater offshore platforms

  • Representing an estate in audit and Appeals proceeding relating to a claim for refund of over $300 million in federal estate tax

  • Represented U.S. corporation in a Tax Court trial and Fifth Circuit appeal by IRS relating to withholding on guarantee fees paid to its Mexican parent

  • Representing a major utility company in audit and Appeals proceedings involving a variety of tax issues


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Tax Law, Litigation & Controversy-Tax); 1983-2019

  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Tax, Tax: Litigation); 2006-2018

  • "Leading Lawyer," The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Tax Controversy; Tax: U.S. Taxes: Contentious); 2014-2018
  • “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Tax: Domestic Tax, Tax: Tax Controversy; Tax: U.S. Taxes: Contentious); 2015-2018

  • Most Influential Leaders in North Texas (Law: Managing Partners; Law: Tax), D CEO The Dallas 500; 2015, 2017, 2019

  • Dallas (Tax, Litigation & Controversy-Tax) Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.; 2010, 2012

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Tax); 2006-2018

  • Top 50 Female Attorneys in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters; 2008-2018

  • Top 100 Overall, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters; 2013-2014, 2017
  • Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters; 2008-2011, 2013-2014, 2017-2018
  • Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer by the State Bar of Texas Tax Section; 2012

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Tax, Tax: Litigation), D Magazine; 2001, 2005, 2007-2008, 2011, 2013-2018

  • Tax Controversy Leaders 2015, International Tax Review

  • Top-Notch Lawyer (Tax Law), "Go-To Guide," Texas Lawyer; 2007

  • Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine; 2010

  • Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas (Tax), D Magazine; 2009

  • Best Business Lawyers in Dallas (Tax), D Magazine; 2009

  • Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni for Government Service; 2007-2008

  • Who's Who Legal: Texas (Corporate Tax); 2016-2017

  • Tax Controversy Leaders by International Tax Review; 2016

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel

  • Member, American Bar Association; Section of Taxation, Chair, Natural Resources Committee, 1989-1991; Vice Chair, Appointments to Tax Court Committee, 2000-2001

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Chair, Tax Section, 1981-1982

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Taxation Section, Council, 1985-1987; Chair, Natural Resources Committee, 1982-1983

  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, Texas and American Bar Foundation

  • Adjunct Instructor on Partnership Taxation, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1984-1986

  • Chair, Southwestern Legal Foundation Institute on Oil & Gas Taxation, 1987-1989