• New York


  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association


  • Columbia Law School, JD
  • Duke University, BA, magna cum laude
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Jennifer Lynn Bell


New York, NY v. +1.212.885.5402 f. +1.917.332.3802

Jennifer Bell concentrates her practice in the area of business tax law. 

She counsels public and private corporations, partnerships, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in aspects of United States and international tax law, including:

  • private equity transactions, including structuring limited liability companies and mergers and acquisitions;
  • bankruptcy reorganizations, workouts, and restructurings;
  • financing arrangements, including structured finance offerings;
  • real estate transactions;
  • tax-free reorganizations;
  • joint ventures;
  • formation, operation and acquisition of Subchapter S Corporations; and 
  • federal, state, and local criminal and civil tax controversies, including audits, administrative appeals, and litigation.

She also counsels corporate clients and individuals regarding the taxation of the shipping industry and other maritime matters, including the taxation of U.S. and foreign entities engaged in activities on the Outer Continental Shelf, the acquisition and disposition of ships and related assets, withholding, leasing, the tonnage tax, and residency issues.  Ms. Bell also advises shipping companies with respect to Section 883 of the Internal Revenue Code.

In addition, she counsels corporate clients and individuals regarding undeclared foreign bank accounts, including “FBAR” reporting obligations, and has represented numerous clients in the Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Disclosure Program. 

Ms. Bell is a frequent contributor to Blank Rome’s Tax Controversy Watch blog ( which focuses on addressing and providing a comprehensive review of the latest developments in the tax controversy field.  She is the author of “Terrorist Abuse of Non-Profits and Charities: A Proactive Approach to Preventing Terrorist Financing,” which appeared in the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy (Spring 2008).  She also co-authored "The OCS Tax Trap: U.S. and Foreign Companies Beware!" in The Maritime Executive (March/April 2011).

Ms. Bell has been named by Super Lawyers as a New York "Rising Star."

Ms. Bell graduated from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.  While attending law school, she was a member of the Columbia Business Law Review.