L. Howard Adams

L. Howard Adams

L. Howard Adams

Senior Counsel

212.701.3162 Phone vCard

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005



  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1976
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1976
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1979
  • New York University, LL.M., 1988
  • Admissions

    • New York
    • Washington, D.C.
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Howard Adams is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's tax practice group.

Howard has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, joint ventures, leveraged finance, and high-yield debt transactions, as well as in general tax planning and tax litigation. Howard has represented JPMorgan in connection with acquisitions and a split-off from its Paymentech joint venture, AIG in connection with its disposition of American Life Insurance Company, the WebMD Health Corp. Special Committee in connection with WebMD's merger with HLTH Corporation, and General Electric Company in connection with the combination of NBC with Universal Studios and NBC's acquisition of Bravo.

Earlier in his career, Howard was a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he won an Outstanding Attorney Award in 1983. 

Professional Activities:

Howard is the author of “What Role for Equity in Applying Factors for Distinguishing Debt?”, 138 Tax Notes 1095 (2013); "Reinsurance and Section 845", Tax Forum No. 618 (2009); "Tax Aspects of SEC Investigations and Settlements", Tax Forum No. 593 (2006); and “A Renewed Focus on Section 956”, Tax Forum No. 672 (2016), reprinted at PLI, Corporate Tax Practice Series, Chapter 283A (2018).

Howard is a member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors.