Dana L. Trier
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Indiana University; J.D., University of Michigan
Professor Trier is a retired partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Tax Department. His practice at Davis Polk was principally focused on financial transactions and...Continue Reading
Professor Trier is a retired partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Tax Department. His practice at Davis Polk was principally focused on financial transactions and products including convertibles and other complex corporate financial transactions, equity derivatives and structured finance and securitizations. Professor Trier also engaged in substantial tax planning for corporate mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and spinoffs and structured investment partnerships, including exchange funds, private equity funds, hedge funds and publicly traded partnerships. In addition, he regularly advised offshore funds on international tax issues and had a significant practice in compensation matters. Professor Trier graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Associate Editor and Note Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He served as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel, Tax Legislative Counsel and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy in the Treasury Department in 1988 and 1989. After his service in the Treasury Department, he consulted with the House Ways and Means Committee and its staff on corporate taxation and consumption taxes, and more recently has consulted with the Senate Finance Committee staff on tax issues relating to private equity and hedge funds. Professor Trier has lectured widely on corporate, partnership and compensation issues for professional groups including the Practicing Law Institute, ALI-ABA, the N.Y.U. Institute on Federal Taxation, the University of Chicago Tax Conference and the Federal Bar Association. He has also written articles and bar association reports that have been published in the Michigan Law Review, Tax Lawyer, Taxes, the Journal of Taxation, the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, Tax Notes and the National Law Journal. Professor Trier was formerly chair of the Corporate Tax Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation, and on the executive committee of the Taxation Section of the New York State Bar Association. He continues to be actively involved in the ABA Section of Taxation and is on the Planning Committee of the University of Chicago Tax Conference. Professor Trier has taught Business Planning in the J.D. Program at Georgetown University Law Center, and Business Planning and Consolidated Returns in the Georgetown Graduate Tax Program; partnership and corporate taxation and consolidated returns in the Golden Gate University tax program; and international taxation at the Columbia University Law School.