James C. Lawson

Firm Director, East Region International Tax Leader, JD, CPA, MST · +1 (215) 557 2063

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James Lawson is a firm director in the tax services group of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and is based out of the Philadelphia office. 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




  • LEAP, a three year program in cooperation with Penn State University designed to develop leaders who embrace firm values and principles through helping these professionals formulate effective management and business development attributes
  • Presenter, “Professional Development Session – Tax Update,” Financial Executives International sponsored seminar, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Presenter, “Manufacturing, Distribution and Technology Industry Forum, Federal Tax Update,” firm sponsored seminar, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
  • Presenter, “International Business Presentation,” RBS Citizens Bank and firm co-sponsored seminar, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Presenter, “Manufacturing, Distribution and Technology Industry Forum, Tax Strategies (International),” firm sponsored seminar, Wilkes-Barre/Allentown/ Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Presenter, “International Tax Update,” firm sponsored seminar, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Presenter, “FAS109 ASC740, International Module,” Networking Seminars sponsored seminar, New York, New York
  • Presenter, “International Tax Compliance and Transparency - A Whole New World,” prior firm sponsored seminar, Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, Pennsylvania.
  • Conference Co-Chair, “China Tax Update: New Rules and New Opportunities,” CITE sponsored seminar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Panel Presenter, “Accounting for Income Taxes: The 10-Step Process,” prior firm sponsored seminar, Orlando, Florida.
  • Panel Presenter, “Global Income Tax Concepts & International Accounting for Income Taxes,” prior firm sponsored seminar, Chantilly, Virginia.
  • Facilitator, “Advanced Issues in the Application of FAS 109 for the Global Organization,” prior firm sponsored seminar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Facilitator, “CHINA: Navigating Risk in a Land of Opportunity,” prior firm sponsored seminar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Edison State College
Bachelor of Science in business administration

Drexel University
Master of Science in taxation

Rutgers University School of Law
Juris Doctorate