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Michael L. Schler

Of Counsel, Tax

Michael L. Schler is Of Counsel in Cravath’s Tax Department. He retired as a partner in the Firm on December 31, 2014. His practice includes corporate tax, corporate finance (including structured finance and securitizations), mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.

Mr. Schler is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, and he remains an active member of the Tax Section Executive Committee. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, the chair of the New York Tax Forum, a trustee and the former president of the American Tax Policy Institute, a past Consultant in tax programs of The American Law Institute, the author of many published tax articles, and a frequent speaker at tax conferences. He was the co‑chair of the annual merger and acquisition tax institute co‑sponsored by Penn State Dickinson School of Law and the New York City Bar.

Mr. Schler has been repeatedly cited as one of the preeminent tax lawyers in the country by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2019; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2017; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2019; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2015; Expert Guides: The Best of the Best 2010 (Tax); and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax from 2007 through 2014. He was the winner of the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Corporate Tax in 2006 and he was named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the International Tax category in 2017.

Mr. Schler was born in New York, New York. He received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1970, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1979. After a clerkship with Hon. Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he joined Cravath in 1974 and became a partner in 1982.

Mr. Schler may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1588 or by email at

Mr. Schler is admitted only in New York.

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