Contact Information

ken.levinson@FaegreBD.com2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T: +1 612 766 8341
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

Georgetown University
LL.M. (Tax), with honors (1978)
George Washington University Law School
J.D., with high honors (1975)
University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., with distinction (1969)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia Minnesota Virginia

Kenneth S. Levinson

Partner

Ken Levinson has more than 30 years of tax experience, more than 20 years of aviation experience, and more than 15 years of insurance, captive insurers and risk management experience.

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Ken was a managing director of the Midwest region in the captive and warranty practice of KPMG. Earlier in his career, Ken held positions with Northwest Airlines (with executive management responsibilities for the corporate tax and risk management departments and as senior finance officer in the cargo division) and Marriott Corporation (with responsibilities for international finance, international tax, and tax administration and controversies). For nine years, Ken originated and taught the two-semester international tax course at Georgetown University Law Center's LL.M. graduate tax program, and now teaches the international tax course at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Ken also served as assistant branch chief in the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. In this role, he was assigned to the Department of Justice as technical advisor to assist in the "Project Haven" criminal tax investigation involving offshore tax havens.

In the tax area, Ken advises clients on a wide range of international issues, including worldwide tax planning, transaction structuring, foreign bank account reporting, M&A, licensing, international franchising, expatriate tax issues, audits, controversy management, negotiation and litigation, and compliance for all federal, state and foreign taxes. He has also served as an expert witness in international tax matters in court.

In insurance and risk management, Ken advises clients on the strategic design and implementation of insurance programs; structuring, financing and implementation of captive insurance companies; identification and resolution of tax issues involved in captive insurance arrangements; analysis of domiciles; surplus lines taxes; negotiation and purchasing of insurance placements and policies; loss prevention; and management/negotiation of claims.

Ken's finance experience includes serving as senior finance officer of an airline's operating division with more than $850 million in sales, with responsibilities for strategic planning, budgeting, capital projects, accounting and several major customers. He has also had responsibility for international project finance and the negotiation of international hotel syndications, hotel financing, management agreements and leases.

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Tax Law, 2010-15; Litigation & Controversy - Tax, 2012-15
  • Top Lawyers in Minnesota, 2011
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who International
  • The Legal 500 Tax, 2007-11; Aviation and Captive Insurance, 2010-11

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Taxpayers Association, 1990-present — Board President, 2004-06; Executive Committee, 2006-present
  • National Tax Association — Board, 1999-2002
  • Tax Executives Institute, Minnesota Chapter — Board, 1998-2002
  • Air Transport Association — Tax and Insurance Committees (Former Chair)
  • International Air Transport Association — Risk and Insurance Managers Panel (Former Chair)
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Carver County Sheriff's Mounted Posse — Deputy sheriff, 2002-present; First Lieutenant, 2010-present
  • Search, Rescue and Recovery Resources of Minnesota, 2008-present — Counsel to Board, 2010-present

Presentations

  • Employing Staff in and from Asia
    The Expatise Academy, Amsterdam, Tax Faculty, November 2014
  • Global Mobility in Today's Dynamic International Marketplace
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2011
  • Current Developments in U.S. International Tax Treaties and Other Hot Topics in International Tax
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Institute, 2010, and Business Law Institute, 2010
  • Global Treasury Management: U.S. International Tax
    Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • The China Connection: Developing Your China Business Strategy
    Utah World Trade Center, 2010
  • International Tax Update
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2009
  • Economic Stimulus Plans — The United States
    World Law Group, Innovative Strategies for Troubled Times, 2009
  • International Tax 101
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2007
  • Overview of Issues and Opportunities for Captive Insurance Companies
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2005

Published Articles

  • Why it Made Sense for Walgreens To Not Take Advantage of Tax Inversions
    International Business Times, August 2014
  • International Issues
    Chapter co-author in Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies, Second Edition, American Bar Association, 2014
  • What Are "Inversions?"
    Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Newsletter, July 2014
  • What Are The Implications of U.S. Expats Giving Up Their Citizenship?
    Society for Human Resource Management, May 2014
  • FBAR — Another Four Letter Word?
    Footnote, The Minnesota Society of CPAs Magazine, November 2011
  • International Tax 101
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2007
  • Issues and Opportunities for Captive Insurance Companies: Part I
    Trends, 2006
  • Issues and Opportunities for Captive Insurance Companies: Part II
    Trends, 2006