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Julian A. Fortuna is a member of the Corporate and Business Group at Taylor English Duma LLP where he focuses on domestic and international tax planning for business entities, owners and executives. He also represents clients in tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the Georgia Department of Revenue and various other federal, state, local and foreign tax authorities, the United States Tax Court and the Georgia Tax Tribunal. With over 30 years of professional tax experience, Mr. Fortuna is capable of handling all tax matters related to the formation, financing, operation, restructuring, and disposition of a wide variety of business entities.  He also handles estate and trust matters. 


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Fortuna was Vice President and General Tax Counsel for InterContinental Hotels Group ("IHG"). During his 12 year tenure at IHG, Mr. Fortuna was responsible for structuring the domestic and international tax impacts of numerous mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other corporate transactions, as well as construction projects, leases, exchanges and other real and personal property transactions. Mr. Fortuna was also responsible for state and local tax matters (including property, sales/use and occupancy taxes). He also directed tax research and planning for cross-border financing, captive insurance, and the worldwide use of trade names and other intangible assets. He 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 D.C.


 Prior to joining IHG, Mr. Fortuna spent eleven years in the tax department at Deloitte and Touche where he served a variety of corporate and individual clients, and prior to that he served four years in the U.S. Treasury Department at Office of the Chief Counsel for the IRS where he was responsible for litigation in the United States Tax Court. Mr. Fortuna distinguished himself at the Office of Chief Counsel by winning seven of the eight cases he tried (he won a third of the other case), including two fraud cases and an accumulated earnings tax case.


 Mr. Fortuna earned a Bachelor of Arts from the City University of New York in 1977, a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law in 1980, and a Master of Laws from Emory University School of Law in 1984. He is a member in good standing of the Georgia and New York State Bar Associations and is active in various trade and professional organizations, including the American and Atlanta Bar Associations (Taxation and Fiduciary Law Sections), the International Fiscal Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.





Practice areas


  1. Tax: 60%
    36 years
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    36 years
  3. Employee Benefits: 10%
    36 years
  4. International Law: 10%
    36 years
  5. Business: 10%
    36 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Allen Buckley

    I endorse this lawyer's work. He'll get the job done right.


    Allen Buckley Employee Benefits Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Rhett Herschel Laurens

    Julian Fortuna brings an impressive set of credentials and experience to the table when it comes to tax matters, especially those involving the IRS. He is very effective in negotiating favorable resolutions to tax issues on behalf of his clients, and I strongly recommend him.


    Rhett Laurens Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Taylor English Duma, LLP

1600 Parkwood Circle
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA, 30339


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200601/14/2016
NYCurrently registered 198103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
Listed as a Best Tax LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
AV Preeminent 4.8 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2011
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2011
Excellence in Constitutional LawAmerican Jurispuidence/Lawyers Cooperative Publishing1979
Excellence in Civil ProcedureAmerican Jurisprudence/Lawyers Cooperative Publishing1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Saylor Law Firm LLP2008 - Present
PartnerDuane Morris LLP2007 - 2008
Vice President, General Tax CounselInterContinental Hotels Group1995 - 2007
Senior Tax ManagerDeloitte & Touche1984 - 1995
Tax AttorneyOffice of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service1980 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaTreasurer2012 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Law SectionBoard Member2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Section on TaxationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionMemberN/A
The Lawyers Club of AtlantaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Southern Bancorporation v CommissionerWin
Motel Associates, Inc. v CommissionerPartial Win
Estate of Estroff v CommissionerWin
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Publication nameTitleDate
Daily Tax ReportContributing Author: The 2010 Roth Conversion: What is Known, What is Easy, What is Hard2009
International Tax ReviewInterview: 2007's Tax Challenges2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws1984
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - CamdenLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
City University of New YorkN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Atlanta Bar AssociationYear-End Tax Planning2008
International Transfer Pricing ForumInternational Tax2006