Alexander “AJ” Merton is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington, D.C. Office. AJ’s practice focuses on white collar/government investigations, tax controversies/tax allocation agreement disputes, and complex commercial litigation. AJ’s notable representations include representing companies, high-level executives, and individuals in domestic and cross-border criminal investigations; representing clients in multi-billion and multi-million dollar tax disputes against the IRS/DOJ and private companies; representing clients in parallel criminal and civil enforcement proceedings; defending a celebrity in several highly-publicized defamation actions brought throughout the United States; and representing companies seeking to redress damages arising from RICO allegations, theft of trade secrets, breaches of fiduciary duties, and fraud.
Prior to joining the firm, AJ was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he began through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. While there, AJ was twice awarded the US DOJ Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award and represented the United States throughout multiple US District and Bankruptcy Courts in tax controversy matters including aerospace asset and joint-venture valuation disputes, transferee liabilities, and government enforcement against attempts to evade or defeat federal taxes. Before law school, AJ taught 7th through 12th grade argument and debate at a college preparatory school in San Jose, California, as well as owned and operated a wholesale and distribution company specializing in women and infant supplemental healthy foods.
- University of Southern California
- Loyola Marymount University
(B.A., magna cum laude, communications, 2005)
What’s New—Key Updates to the DOJ and SEC’s FCPA Resource Guide, Firm Memoranda, July 2020.
Taxing Times – A COVID-19 Tax Update as of April 7, 2020, Firm Memoranda, April 2020.
Lessons From Historical Crises: Compliance Pitfalls To Avoid During The Coronavirus, Firm Memoranda, March 2020.
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Employee Rights 2019 United States, Global Investigation Review, May 2019.
Employee Rights 2018 United States, Global Investigation Review, May 2018.