Julian A. Fortuna is a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s Corporate & Business practice group. With over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Fortuna concentrates his practice on domestic and international tax, business and estate planning, employee benefits, and executive compensation matters. He has substantial experience representing clients in the entertainment, higher education, clean energy, health care, hospitality, non-profit, manufacturing, retail, and real estate industries.
Mr. Fortuna is well-versed in representing business entities, owners and executives, fiduciaries and beneficiaries of trusts and estates, and non-profit entities regarding all types of federal and state income, estate, and gift taxes. As a seasoned attorney in tax controversies, Mr. Fortuna regularly represents taxpayers in civil and criminal tax audits, investigations, and administrative appeals before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and various state, local and foreign taxing authorities and in tax litigation before federal and state courts and tax tribunals.
Before joining Greenspoon Marder, Mr. Fortuna was a partner at a midsized business law firm in Atlanta, where he lead the tax practice representing clients in domestic and international tax planning and tax controversy matters. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Fortuna was vice president and general tax counsel for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG), where he was responsible for structuring the international, federal, state, and local tax impacts of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and other corporate transactions, as well as construction projects, leases, exchanges, and other real and personal property transactions. He also directed tax research and planning for cross-border financing, captive insurance, and the worldwide use of trade names and other intangible assets.
In his role, Mr. Fortuna represented IHG before the IRS and various other tax authorities on audits, appeals, and ruling requests and pursued tax regulatory and legislative changes for the benefit of IHG with U.S. Treasury and congressional personnel in Washington. Additionally, Mr. Fortuna spent 11 years in the Tax Department at Deloitte and Touche, where he served a variety of corporate and individual clients, and before that, he served four years in the U.S. Treasury Department at the Office of the Chief Counsel for the IRS, where he was responsible for litigation in the U.S. Tax Court.