Mark E. Griffin
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Mark has been providing Davis & Harman LLP clients with expertise in taxation and insurance law since 1988. He specializes in the federal income tax treatment of life insurance and annuity contracts. His practice area encompasses the federal tax treatment of annuity contracts issued as nonqualified annuities, as well as in connection with IRAs, section 403(b) arrangements, qualified retirement plans and structured settlement arrangements. His work with life insurance contracts includes modified endowment contracts, corporate-owned life insurance contracts, and split-dollar life insurance arrangements.

Prior to joining Davis & Harman, Mark served as Attorney-Advisor to Special Trial Judge Hu S. Vandevort, Jr. of the US Tax Court. He also speaks and writes frequently on the federal income taxation of insurance products, and he is a contributing author to the Annuities Answer Book (Panel Publishers, 3d ed. 2000).

He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Hamilton College in 1981 and his JD, cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1984. He was awarded an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988.

Mark is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and is a member and former officer of the Federal Bar Association Section of Taxation.

Prior Experience
  • Tax Law Specialist, Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Exempt Organizations Technical Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC, 1985-1986
  • Attorney-Advisor, US Tax Court, Washington, DC, 1986-1988
Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • Federal Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • National Association of Insurance Counsel
Bar and Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
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Washington, DC 20004    Tel 202-347-2230    Fax 202-393-3310
  • BA, magna cum laude, Hamilton College, 1981
  • Sidney Wertimer Scholar in Economics
  • JD, cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 1984
  • LLM, Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1988
Recent Publications
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The Willard
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20004
Tel 202-347-2230
Fax 202-393-3310