French represents clients in a comprehensive range of federal, state and local taxation matters including income tax, franchise tax, gross receipts tax, sales and use tax and property tax. He has practiced before the U.S. Tax Court and both federal and state trial and appellate courts. His clients include closely held businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries including aerospace and defense, telecommunications and media.
French also has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in unclaimed property matters including state contract audits, voluntary compliance, escheat litigation and state legislative reform efforts. He has been noted in The Wall Street Journal for his work defending Delaware-domiciled corporations under audit by the State of Delaware for unclaimed property liabilities.
He also has extensive experience advising clients in a variety of life cycle events from funding and managing growth internally to mergers and acquisitions and exit strategies, including post-merger integration, restructurings and business valuation.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, French was a partner at another international law firm, where he helped develop the firm’s tax policy practice advising clients on federal, state and international tax policy issues and controversies. He was formerly a Principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he was Lead Client Service Partner for several Fortune 500 clients of Deloitte. He also served as practice leader of what was at the time the nation’s largest unclaimed property practice. He also previously served in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Glenn L. Archer, Jr.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
As an adjunct professor at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia from 1986 to 2000, French taught Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions as well as Taxation of Management Decisions.
Honors & Awards
- Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
- Included in a list of Best Lawyers in America (2017)