William J. Schlinkert has a broad-based business and tax practice emphasizing corporate, partnership, real estate and foreign investment matters. He is a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law under California's legal specialization program.
Mr. Schlinkert has extensive experience in corporate purchases and sales, joint venture formations, real estate acquisitions and exchanges, and both inbound and outbound foreign investments. He has represented numerous companies, both private and public, in a myriad of corporate combinations and divisions. For his real estate clients, he has provided counsel on a wide array of tax and business concerns, including the formation of large real estate investment funds and the intricacies of REIT operations. Working with hotel clients from Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, and the Middle East, he has established acquisition and management structures for hotel purchases both here in the United States and in Europe. As a member of the firm's Wine Industry team, he has also been heavily involved in structuring vineyard investments for Canadian, German, Spanish, Middle Eastern and South American investors.
Mr. Schlinkert also has a special focus on federal and state tax controversy matters. He has an extensive practice in California income, property and sales tax matters. Mr. Schlinkert was formerly an attorney-advisor with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Schlinkert is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Tax Law (2017).
He has been active in firm leadership throughout his tenure as a partner. He served as chairman of Farella Braun + Martel from 1997 - 2005 and has also chaired the Commercial Department and Tax Practice Group.