John E. Rogers

Practice Area

Mr. Rogers advises clients based both in the United States and abroad on international tax matters and U.S. tax controversy matters. His areas of practice include international mergers and acquisitions, development of global tax strategies, debt structurings, intangibles licensing, transfer pricing, real estate investment and development, financial products and a range of foreign tax credit and deferral provisions relevant to both U.S. and foreign multinationals. His practice includes both planning and transactional matters as well as audit defense and controversy involving transfer pricing, financial transactions and other issues. He has been active in development of U.S. and foreign tax rules and in leading legislative coalitions. Mr. Rogers was invited to testify to the Ways and Means Committee on fundamental international tax reform in 1997.

Publications and Speeches

His most recent publications are "Taxation of Income Derived from the Supply of Technology" and "Limits on the Use of Low-Tax Regimes by Multinational Businesses," both Kluwer, the Netherlands.

Prior Employment

From 1970 through 1991 - Mr. Rogers was a Senior Partner in the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen where he was tax advisor to leading U.S. and foreign-based multinationals in tax controversies, acquisitions, divestitures, financings and compensation matters

From 1992 through 1997, Mr. Rogers served as Director of Taxes and Assistant Treasurer of FMC Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of chemicals and machinery based in Chicago. Mr. Rogers was responsible for all tax policy, transaction, controversy and structuring of financial transactions for FMC Corporation, a $5.0 billion company with operations in over 100 countries.

From 1998 to joining Seyfarth Shaw Mr. Rogers was a corporate tax partner in the law offices of Altheimer & Gray.

Professional Associations

International Fiscal Association (Vice President Membership), founding director of Attorneys in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE); Leading Lawyers Chicago, 2003-2009; 2007 - Illinois Super Lawyers.


Harvard Law School (J.D.)
University of Chicago (M.B.A.)
University of Notre Dame (B.A.).


Illinois, Pennsylvania, U.S. Tax Court
Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
7th Circuit Court of Appeals.