JoAnne Mulder Nagjee

Partner Tax Disputes


As a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office, JoAnne Mulder Nagjee represents a range of clients—including private equity firms, large corporations, and high-net-worth individuals—in Federal, state, and local tax controversies. JoAnne has extensive experience at all stages of the administrative process, from audit through administrative appeal and post-appeals mediation, and in tax litigation in Federal and state courts. JoAnne’s representations frequently involve highly complex areas of the tax law and/or sophisticated transaction structures, and she is adept at making these challenging concepts comprehensible and digestible for decision-makers at every level.

JoAnne also regularly advises clients on the tax aspects of litigation settlements and judgments, including on issues under Section 162(f).

JoAnne maintains an active pro bono practice, including helping immigrant victims of violent crimes obtain temporary legal status, work eligibility, and a path to permanent residency.


Thought Leadership

Publications and Speeches

Martin D. Ginsburg & Jack S. Levin, Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts (updated semi-annually) (contributor)

“Tax Issues and Planning Opportunities with Settlements and Damages Awards,” Chicago Bar Foundation, presentation to legal aid organizations (2023)

“New Tax Rules Will Affect PE Funds, Partnership M&A,” Law360 (11/17/2015)

“Jackpot ‘Justice’: Private Litigation as a Tax Enforcement Tool in Illinois,” Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois, 15th Annual Illinois State & Local Tax Conference (2014)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Illinois


  • University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D.summa cum laude2007

    Order of the Coif

    Peter McCall Prize for graduating first in class

    Bernard A. Chertcoff Prize for Taxation

    George Shechtman Prize for Contracts

    John M. Maurer Memorial Prize for Criminal Law

    Oscar Milton Davis Prize for the highest grades in the third year

    Senior Editor, Journal of Law and Social Change 

  • Lynchburg CollegeB.A., Sociologysumma cum laude2001
    Highest Honors in Sociology