Paige L. Davis

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7137 |

Area of Practice

Paige Davis is a business and tax lawyer that concentrates her practice on international transactions and business planning for U.S. and foreign entities. She counsels clients on all aspects of U.S. and cross-border transactions, including entity formation and selection, operation, tax planning, exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions, financing and other business operations. She advises clients on all aspects of import and export compliance, such as Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as well as assisting foreign clients with navigating national security compliance and reporting obligations, particularly Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) risk analysis and disclosures. Paige also works with many closely-held businesses and their owners to develop successful business plans and business succession strategies.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • University of Washington (LL.M., Taxation, 2004)
  • Lewis and Clark Law School (J.D., 2003)
  • University of Victoria (B.A., Political Science, 1999)
  • Harvard University (American Foreign Policy, 1998)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Business Transitions
  • Canada Practice
  • Cannabis
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Financial Institutions
  • International Business
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Transportation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax

Representative Transactions

  • Assists foreign clients with U.S. legal compliance and disclosures, including CFIUS disclosures and review
  • Advises U.S. and foreign clients on international mergers and acquisitions, in numerous industries including outdoor apparel and gear, apparel manufacturing, engineering services, investment brokerage, aerial firefighting, and food and beverage products
  • Provides legal advice on the consolidation of liquor distribution businesses
  • Provides legal and tax advice on establishing international joint ventures relating to the manufacture and U.S. certification of aircraft parts
  • Restructure of business operations for U.S. and Italian companies involved in manufacturing and distributing Italian espresso machines
  • Advises foreign companies on U.S. tax consequences of software sales and licenses
  • Counsels foreign manufacturing companies on structuring business operations in the U.S.
  • Regularly works with clients investing and engaging in business operations in Canada and other foreign countries
  • Provides legal advice to U.S. importers of goods, including plywood and fruit
  • Represents U.S. aerospace product manufacturer in U.S. and international mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, in addition to other legal and tax advice
  • Represents clients before the IRS, Washington Department of Revenue and the City of Seattle Department of Finance in federal, state and local tax controversy matters
  • Represents long term care facilities with Washington business and occupation tax disputes and other state and local tax issues
  • Provides tax advice to foreign governments and public pension funds investing in the U.S.
  • Provides business and tax advice to construction industry consultants providing services in the U.S.


  • “Know Your Acronyms — Ignorance of International Tax Rules is No Excuse,” Seattle Business magazine (June 2012)
  • “Can You Handle the Truth About Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011?” Special Report Analysis by Lane Powell and CB Richard Ellis’ Private Client Group, Co-author (November 15, 2010)
  • “Investing in Canada Through a U.S. Limited Liability Company: The Impact of New Paragraph 6 to Article IV of the Canada-U.S. Tax Treaty,” ABA Business Law eNewsletter (Summer 2009)
  • “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes — The Effect of FASB Interpretation No. 48,” The Tax Executive (July-August 2006)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Current Trends in Corporate Governance,” The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s Corporate Governance 2017 CLE, Vancouver, B.C. (October 18, 2017)
  • “Succession Planning & Policies,” World Law Group’s 2017 Semi-Annual Spring Conference, Warsaw, Poland (May 12, 2017)
  • “BEPS – What You Need to Know From the U.S. and EU Perspectives,” World Law Group (September, 2015)
  • “Real Estate Planning and Investment in the United States, Mexico and Canada,” Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2014 International Tax Conference (May 5, 2014)
  • “Tax, Estate and Immigration Implications for Canadians with U.S. Property Interests,” Royal Bank of Canada Advice Event (September 25, 2013)
  • “Legal and Tax Considerations When Selling a Company,” National Business Institute’s Business Tax Planning Guide Seminar (September 23, 2013)
  • “Canada — Doing Business, Transaction Taxes and Cross-Border Transactions,” 2013 Tax Executives Institution’s and University of Washington’s Tax Forum (February 22, 2013)
  • “M&A and Business Combinations: Cross Border Acquisitions — What You Need to Know About Foreign Partners and Withholding,” The Seminar Group Global Tax & Offshore Investment Seminar (November 16, 2012)
  • “The Lawyers Toolbox: Tax Issues for Business Transactions,” Washington State Bar Association CLE, Speaker and Chair (December 2009)
  • U.S.-Canada Income Tax Treaty Update (May 2008)
  • Oregon-Washington Tax Institute, Co-chair (May 2008)
  • “The Lawyers Toolbox: Tax Issues for Business Transactions,” Washington State Bar Association CLE, Chair (December 2007)
  • “Introduction to U.S. International Tax: The Source of Income Rules,” Alliance for Tax, Legal and Accounting Seminars (July 2007)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Tax (2012-2018)
  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Taxation (2005, 2009, 2011-2017)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Past President, Section of Taxation
    • Co-chair, Section of Taxation, International Tax Committee
  • Faculty Member, University of Washington, School of Law, Masters in Taxation Program
  • Pro Bono Attorney for the University of Washington Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
  • Board Member, On the Boards
  • Member, Canada-America Society
  • Member, U.S. Law Firm Group, International Practice Committee
  • Member, World Law Group
  • Member, Association of Washington Business (2015-Present)
  • Member, Association of Washington Business Institute, Leadership Washington Program (2014-2015)

Paige L. Davis

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7137 |