Todd Gluth

Firm: Cooley LLP
Location: San Diego - CA

  • 4401 Eastgate Mall
    San Diego, CA 92121-1909
  • Tel : 858 550 6140
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Todd Gluth is the chair of Cooley’s tax practice group. Todd advises clients on structuring and tax aspects of
complex domestic and cross-border business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,
public and private offerings of securities, debt and equity restructurings, real estate transactions, executive
compensation, the organization and operation of investment funds, and investments by tax-exempt and nonU.S. investors. He also represents clients in connection with federal and state tax controversies, voluntary
disclosures, private letter rulings, and commercial litigation involving tax matters.

Following his graduation from law school, Todd clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Todd frequently writes and speaks on tax matters, and has presented at some of the most prominent tax
conferences nationwide (including the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, Practising Law
Institute, the University of Southern California Tax Institute and the University of Chicago Federal Tax


New York University School of Law
Executive LLM, 2013
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
JD, 2005, Order of the Coif, Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement
Princeton University
AB, 2000, English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions & Credentials

Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Cooley LLP

Our lawyers focus on all facets of US federal, state, local and international tax law. We advise on thousands of transactions annually, and we provide tax advice to clients in a variety of sectors, including technology, life sciences, energy, telecommunications and real estate, from small deals involving startups to multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions. We also have long been recognized as one of the premier firms in the country for handling administrative tax controversies and tax litigation, including numerous landmark tax cases. In every matter, we proceed collaboratively with clients and other Cooley lawyers from the earliest stages of a transaction or dispute – always with the same goal of delivering sophisticated, creative and practical tax solutions that work.

Investment Funds

  • Extensive knowledge on the most tax-efficient ways to structure funds formed to raise equity capital
  • Advise fund clients on how to implement investments and fund structures to help them avoid adverse tax consequences for investors with particular needs, such as tax exempt or foreign entities

Emerging Growth Companies

  • Advise the large number of new businesses formed by our emerging companies practice on the most tax-efficient way to structure a company
  • Regularly provide tax support for workouts and net operating loss preservation

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represent both acquiring and target companies in the public and private sectors in both taxable and tax-free combinations and divestitures, including the tax consequences of financing such transactions
  • Handle leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, subsidiary purchases and recapitalizations
  • Advise on tax-efficient structures, negotiate the tax aspects of acquisition agreements and provide tax opinions

Technology Transactions & Intellectual Property

  • Advise on tax-efficient ways to develop, own and transfer intellectual property, including joint ventures and corporate partnering arrangements
  • Advise clients on strategies for offshoring intellectual property, including implementation of cost-sharing agreements and the formation of offshore intellectual property holding companies

Employment & Labor/Compensation & Benefits

  • Provide recommendations on tax aspects related to equity incentives, nonqualified deferred compensation, employment taxes and tax withholding
  • Advise clients on the tax aspects of settlements between employers and employees, including federal and state income and employment tax issues

Estate Planning

  • Advise on the tax aspects of puts, calls, collars and variable forwards, and collaborate with our estate planning group, to help clients create tax-efficient wealth-preservation plans


  • Represent taxpayers in all aspects of Internal Revenue Service and state examinations and administrative appeals
  • Litigate in the United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims and other federal and state jurisdictions, and handle tax appeals in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Advise on international tax issues for cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, technology transfers, domestic and foreign joint ventures, financings, and public offerings
  • Counsel on the domestication of foreign companies and inversions of domestic companies
  • Assist with the establishment of international equity incentive plans