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Peter O. Larsen

Chair, Tax Practice Group
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3100
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Pete Larsen is the chair of Akerman’s national Tax Practice Group, a team advising clients in global tax compliance and controversy matters, including complex transactions in the middle market. The practice was recognized by Law360 as a “Tax Practice Group of the Year” for its precedent-setting work in the United States.

Pete works closely with financial institutions, finance companies, vehicle and equipment lessors, retailers, and telecommunication, software, and technology companies on all matters facing multistate companies' tax departments, including planning, compliance, audit defense, and litigation in all 50 states. His practice also includes a focus on tax strategies for companies in the emerging technology sectors. These clients, often at the forefront of disruptive technologies – from VOIP to digital products to ridesharing – face complicated tax challenges and risks. Pete's comprehensive knowledge in key sectors allows him to anticipate and identify issues early on, advise on their tax implications, and craft develop and implement practical, forward-looking solutions.

In addition, Pete oversees the development and implementation of a variety of customized technologies that help clients manage their tax compliance and keep pace with changes in tax laws and regulations that impact their businesses.
Representative Experience
DirecTV: Represented the largest direct broadcast satellite service provider in a constitutional case at trial and on appeal before Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, where both courts ruled that a higher tax rate on satellite services than on cable services discriminates against interstate commerce, a violation of the United States Constitution's Commerce Clause. Pete's national team manages and conducts planning and litigation for similar multistate companies with cutting edge technologies.
Nissan: Represent one of the world's largest auto manufacturers and its vehicle and equipment leasing arm in state and local tax controversy, compliance, planning, and litigation. Also counsel on compliance matters involving emerging technologies, such as GPS and autonomous vehicle software, which are transforming and challenging the traditional application of tax regimes.
Bad Debt Sales Refunds: Represent financial institutions and retailers in legislative and litigation efforts against numerous states to recover taxes collected on sales that are subsequently written off. Counsel and advocate on behalf of numerous clients in drafting and advancing multistate legislation (including recently passed legislation in Illinois) addressing whether a retailer and/or a lender may recover sales taxes when retail sales funded by a lender are subsequently written off, and litigating the issue nationally for the affected sectors.
Verizon: Represented one of the largest telecommunications providers in the United States before the First District Court of Appeal challenging the validity of an assessment of more than $3.1 million of allegedly unpaid Florida sales and use tax. After oral arguments, the First District sided with Verizon, resulting in a significant tax savings for our client. This case set a precedent for cases in Florida (and other states) regarding whether a Notice of Proposed Assessment (NOPA) is really an assessment under Florida statute of limitations.
Awards & Recognition
Chambers USA 2011-2017, Ranked in top tier in Florida for Tax: State & Local
The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2017, Listed in Florida for Corporate Law, Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, and Tax Law
The Best Lawyers in America 2013, Named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law in Jacksonville
Super Lawyers Magazine 2008-2016, Listed in Florida for Tax
Jacksonville Magazine 2014, Listed in 904 Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Tax
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2003-2006, 2009, 2012 Listed for Tax
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
Published Works & Lectures
The European Lawyer Reference, Co-Author, "Transfer Pricing," USA Chapter, Thomson Reuters, Second Edition, 2017
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Tax Best Practices Roundtable; Speaker, "Sales & Use Tax;" Speaker, "Transportation;" June 21, 2017
COST 2017 Sales Tax Conference and Audit Session, Speaker, "Transactional Tax Issues with the Sharing Economy," February 28, 2017
ACVL Annual Meeting, Tax Committee Meeting, Co-Presenter, "Tax Issues Overview – Legislative Update, Pending Legislation, Bad Debt Update," October 18, 2016
ACVL Annual Meeting, Tax Committee Meeting, Co-Presenter, "Sales and Use Tax Overview," September 28, 2015
COST Mid-West Regional State Tax Seminar, Speaker, "Discussion of State Tax Cases, Issues and Policy Matters" and "Non-Traditional State Tax Litigation and Appeal Strategies," September 25, 2015
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), 2015 Tax Best Practices Roundtable, Speaker, "The Kitchen Sink of State and Local Issues: From Sales Tax Sourcing to Local License Taxes," June 23, 2015
The European Lawyer Reference, Co-Author, "Transfer Pricing & Tax Avoidance," USA Chapter, Thomson Reuters, First Edition 2014
Florida Bankers Association, Author, "Documentary Stamp Taxes and Nonrecurring Intangibles Taxes in Florida Credit and Real Property Transfer Transactions," 2014
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Webinar, Speaker, "Tax & Accounting Treatments for Sprinter Commercial Leases," November 5, 2013
Professional Memberships & Activities
Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), 2015 Income Tax Symposium Committee, Member
Jacksonville Bar Association, Member
District of Columbia Bar Association, Tax Law Section, Member
Kentucky Bar Association, Member
The Florida Bar, Business Law and Tax Law Sections, Member
Related Professional Experience
Law Clerk to the Honorable Wilkes C. Robinson, U.S. Claims Court, Law Clerk, 1989
Milam Otero Larsen Dawson & Traylor, P.A., Founder and Managing Shareholder, 1996-1999
Akerman, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Akerman Jacksonville, Former Office Managing Partner
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Peter O. Larsen

Representative Clients
American Credit Acceptance
Bank of America
Best Buy
Circuit City
Daimler Financial
Direct TV
Dish Network
Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Credit
Honda Finance
Nissan Motor Acceptance
Radio Shack
SunTrust Bank
TD Auto Finance
Toyota Finance
Wells Fargo
LL.M., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1996
J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 1989; Law Review
B.A., Alma College, 1986; cum laude
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District of Columbia
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