Dawn Rhea
National Tax — Controversy & Dispute Resolution
National Tax — Mergers & Acquisitions


Dawn has advised clients on complex tax issues since 2006. She focuses on tax controversy and mergers and acquisitions. Dawn represents clients at all stages before the IRS, including examination, appeals, collections and private letter rulings. She also advises companies on the federal tax consequences of transactions, including tax structuring, issuing tax opinions on significant corporate tax matters, basis and E&P studies and modeling and identifying capitalization and deduction opportunities for transaction costs.

Prior to joining Moss Adams, Dawn was an associate in the energy and tax practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP where she advised on transaction structuring to acquire and finance renewable energy, infrastructure and other assets through various partnership, sale-leasebacks and other structures. Prior to that, she worked for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP where she was an associate in the tax controversy and litigation and energy practice groups. Dawn represented and defended multinational corporations on a broad range of complex tax issues including financial services and products, privilege issues, subpoena requests and government and internal investigations. She also focused on structuring and financing transactions in the infrastructure and renewable energy sector.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Overview of Recent LB&I Controversy Developments
    (Tax Executives Institute, Inc. Silicon Valley Chapter, September 2018)
  • Navigating Tax Reform
    (Financial Executives Networking Group, March 2018)
  • Easy Money? Crowdfunding and Its Tax Considerations
    (American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2018 Midyear Meeting, February 2018)
  • New Partnership Audit Rules
    (Moss Adams Venture Capital Private Equity Conference, December 2017)
  • Transaction Cost Analysis
    (Tax Executives Institute, Inc. Orange County Chapter, September 2017)
  • Crowdfunding
    (2017 IRS San Jose State University Small Business Tax Institute, June 2017)
  • Partnership Audits Under the New Rules
    (2016 Inaugural University of San Diego School of Law - RJS Law Tax Controversy Institute, December 2016)
  • Partnership Audits Under the New Rules
    (University of San Diego School of Law – RJS Law Tax Controversy Institute, December 2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California


  • BS, accounting and finance, Tulane University (magna cum laude)
  • JD, Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law
  • LLM, tax, New York University School of Law
  • MAcc, Tulane University (magna cum laude)