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Catherine E. Livingston (Cathy)


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  • Yale University (J.D. 1991; Thurman Arnold Prize for Best Moot Court Argument; Potter Stewart Prize for Best Moot Court Brief; C. LaRue Munson Prize for Work in Clinical Program; B.A. in History summa cum laude 1987; Phi Beta Kappa; McClintock Prize for Best Senior Essay in Western Americana)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Massachusetts, U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Supreme Court


  • Law Clerk to Judge Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (1991-1992)

Government Service

  • Served with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in the following positions: Health Care Counsel (2010-2013) and Deputy Division Counsel/Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division (2002-2010); served with the Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Department of Treasury (1994-1998) in the following positions: Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel (Legislative Matters), Associate Tax Legislative Counsel, and Attorney Advisor

Cathy Livingston is a leading authority on the Affordable Care Act. She has in-depth knowledge of the many tax provisions contained in the ACA and ongoing issues over enforcement. She assists clients in understanding agency decisions interpreting the ACA, legislative proposals to amend the ACA, and pending ACA litigation.

Cathy also practices in the area of tax-exempt organizations. She advises nonprofits on the tax implications of their operations and transactions and assists them in IRS audits, ruling requests, and exemption applications. She works with nonprofits involved in health care, education, environmental conservation, technology innovation, issue advocacy, and social enterprise. She also advises organizations and their boards on nonprofit corporate governance.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Cathy was Health Care Counsel in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel where she served as principal legal advisor to IRS senior leadership on all aspects of the Affordable Care Act. She worked closely with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice. From 2002 until 2010, Cathy oversaw all IRS legal work with respect to tax-exempt organizations. From 1994 to 1998, she had principal responsibility for tax-exempt organizations in the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy. She helped draft the tax guidance on most of the significant issues for tax-exempt organizations of the past two decades, including excess benefit transactions, joint ventures, unrelated business income tax, and political and lobbying activities.

Cathy is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Honors & Distinctions

  • IRS Commissioner's Award (2013)

    IRS Chief Counsel's Distinguished Service Award (2013)

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award (2013)

    Winner, Secretary's Award, U.S. Department of Treasury (1997)
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