• James Markwood

    Partner, Cogent Law Group

    Tax Attorney, Mergers and Acquisitions​

    James Markwood is an experienced tax attorney who has over 30 years of experience working at an AMLAW 100 law firm, a Big Four accounting firm, and a Fortune 500 corporate tax department. He is also a former Congressional Legislative Assistant experienced in drafting and advocating for tax legislation before the U.S. Congress.

  • Professional and educational Overview:

    Jim has a wealth of experience working with corporations, partnerships, entrepreneurs and private equity clients to solve their tax issues. He provides tax and structuring advice on corporate, partnership and cross border transactions. In addition to advising on tax issues raised in transactions, Jim reviews and assists in drafting transaction documents, including Rep and Warranty insurance policies. He has worked with a wide range of clients, and has particularly extensive experience working with government contractors and aerospace and defence companies.


    James is admitted to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • Education

    University of Virginia , School of Law


    JD, 1984 - 1986

    American University



    BA Political Science, 1972-1976

    • Cum Laude with Departmental Honors


  • Professional Experience


    2015 - 2017

    Jim provided tax and structuring advice on corporate, partnership and cross-border transactions. He represented a large liquidating trust in a major bankruptcy case, and obtained an IRS private letter ruling on a crucial issue. Jim regularly reviewed and negotiated tax aspects of transaction documents including Rep and Warranty insurance policies



    Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions – Tax

    2000 - 2014

    As a partner-level leader in KPMG’s national Mergers and Acquisitions-Tax practice, Jim provided high-level tax consulting services relating to acquisition and disposition transactions, due diligence engagements, restructurings, financings, and other technical tax issues.


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