James C. Lawson

James C. Lawson

Managing Director, JD, CPA, MST

+1 (215) 557 2063

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James Lawson is a managing director in the specialty tax international group of Baker Tilly and is based out of the Philadelphia office. With more than 25 years of experience, he specializes in corporate and international taxation, serving large and middle market multinational companies across various industries, both public and private, and in the tax planning, compliance and provision disciplines in matters of US federal and state, US international and local country tax law. 

Jim has been with the firm since 2011. Prior to joining the firm, he held leadership roles within the international tax practices of each a national and an international accounting firm. Jim’s more than twenty years of public accounting experience builds upon his six years of distinguished military service prior to entering the profession.

  • Specialization in international tax planning (e.g., global tax minimization, cash repatriation strategies, foreign tax credit management, cross-border structuring/restructuring/merger integration, tax optimized global supply chain, etc.), international tax compliance, and ASC 740 – Accounting for Income Taxes; complementary experience in transfer pricing matters
  • Licensed CPA in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Baker Tilly International, North American International Tax Committee
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Indian Mills Athletic Association


Philadelphia, PA


Thomas Edison State University
Bachelor of Science in business administration

Drexel University
Master of Science in taxation

Rutgers University School of Law
Juris Doctorate