Erika Labelle is the co-leader of the Firm’s Tax Advice and Controversy Client Service Group. Her practice focuses on federal tax controversy, transactional tax, and tax-exempt  matters. Ms. Labelle regularly represents business entities in federal controversy matters with the Internal Revenue Service, including matters relating to acquisitions, restructurings, transfer pricing, excise taxes, and research credits. Her transactional practice includes representing public and private businesses in taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, divestitures and restructurings, as well as representing clients before the IRS National Office in connection with ruling requests. In her exempt organization practice, Ms. Labelle advises public charities and private foundations on a variety of legal issues, including qualification for exempt status, public charity and private operating foundation classification, private inurement, unrelated business tax, self-dealing, excess benefit transactions, and political activities.

Ms. Labelle is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, Masters in taxation program, where she presently teaches Advanced Corporate Taxation related to taxable and tax-free acquisitions and divestitures. In addition, she serves as the chair of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's recruiting committee. She is also the former President of the St. Louis International Tax Group.


  • Co-Author, “New Rules—Same Game: Impact of 2017 Tax Act on Acquisitions Agreements and Related Due Diligence,” Bloomberg Law's Tax Management Memorandum, August 13, 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Speaker, “Tax Reform: M&A Transactions and other issues,” Denver CLE Institute, Denver, Colorado, November 8, 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “M&A Transactions After Tax Reform – Same Goal, Different Rules,” Tax Executives Institute, St. Louis Chapter, March 22, 2018
  • Co-Speaker, "Tax Provisions in Acquisition Agreements - Current Trends and Developments," Tax Executives Institute, St. Louis Chapter, Washington University, November 18, 2016.