Jessica Edwards is a member of the Tax Advice and Controversy Group and the Tax Exempt and Charitable Planning Team. Ms. Edwards’ practice focuses primarily on transactional tax advice. She regularly represents clients in taxable and tax-free acquisitions, mergers, dispositions and spin-offs and advises clients with respect to associated tax issues. Ms. Edwards also assists clients with domestic and international tax planning and restructurings. Ms. Edwards has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with ruling requests and in federal controversy matters.

Ms. Edwards 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 mergers and acquisitions.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
    • Washington University Law Review, Staff Editor
    • United States Peace Corps, Malawi, Africa, Education Volunteer, 2003 - 2005
    • Washington University Law Review, Staff Editor
    • United States Peace Corps, Malawi, Africa, Education Volunteer, 2003 - 2005
    • United States Peace Corps, Malawi, Africa, Education Volunteer, 2003 - 2005
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
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Representative Experience

  • Represented Stifel Financial Corp. in various acquisitions and divestitures, including its tax-free acquisition of Sterne Agee for $150 million
  • Represented Emerson Electric Co. in connection with numerous acquisitions and divestitures
  • Represented Windstream in the disposition of its data center business for $575 million
  • Represented Ralcorp in connection with the spin off of Post Holdings (NYSE listed, $1 billion market capitalization)
  • Represented Caleres (formerly Brown Shoe) in various acquisitions and divestitures, including its acquisition of American Sporting Goods for $145 million
  • Represented Energizer in connection with its acquisition of American Safety Razor assets from bankruptcy for $301 million

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-speaker, “Taxation of Foreign Intangible Income after Tax Reform: GILTI or Not?”  St. Louis International Tax Group Meeting, March 2018
  • Panelist, “Revenue Rulings Practitioners Would Like to See,” American Bar Association Joint Fall Meeting, Austin, Texas, September 2017
  • Co-speaker, “Structuring Issues in Cross-Border Transactions: Trends and Traps,” Joint Tax Executives Institute and St. Louis International Tax Group Seminar, April 2017
  • Panelist, "Advanced Withholding Taxation – A Guide for the Perplexed," American Bar Association Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, Los Angeles, California, January 2016