Emily J. S. Winbigler Associate

Emily's practice focuses on federal and state tax matters. She has significant experience with business acquisitions, capital restructurings, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), financing transactions, and corporate and partnership tax planning.

She represents clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, energy, private equity and technology and telecommunications.  She also routinely advises clients on Virginia state and local tax compliance matters, including real property and income tax matters. She handles administrative audit appeals with the Virginia Department of Taxation on a variety of state tax issues.

Emily also has experience in the representation of REMICs and other structured finance vehicles. She has represented borrowers and sponsors in structuring transactions involving low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits and new markets tax credits. Her practice also includes various aspects of nonprofit governance and tax compliance matters.


Formed numerous charities, business leagues, social welfare organizations and other exempt entities and obtained federal, state and local tax exemptions for them

Advised charities and their directors on private inurement and intermediate sanctions issues, and the unrelated business income tax

Represented taxpayers on appeal with local assessor’s offices and the Virginia Department of Taxation

Represented sponsors in low-income housing tax credit and historic rehabilitation tax credit transactions, including both single property investments and multi-property funds.

Represented borrowers in a number of new markets tax credit transactions to finance, among others, a hotel, a manufacturing facility and a hospital addition.

Represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in breach of fiduciary duty and other complex estate litigation claims

Represented issuers and underwriters in connection with public and private equity and debt offerings by REITs.

Represented issuers and underwriters concerning tax issues in private and public mortgage-back security and debt offerings, including the representation of US government agencies in mortgage loan securitization transactions.

  • The University of Iowa College of Law, JD, High Distinction, Order of the Coif, 2009
  • The College of William & Mary, BA, Economics and French, summa cum laude, 2004

Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

Virginia Bar Association

  • Virginia
  • French
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