Larry R. Langdon

Partner, Global Tax Practice, Mayer Brown LLP, Palo Alto, California

Became Trustee


Career Summary
Larry R. Langdon holds a BS in Business Administration from Ohio State University, a JD from Ohio State University College of Law, and an LLM degree in taxation from New York University School of Law. Langdon began his career in Washington, DC, in 1961 as an attorney and advisor in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. He then served two years as an attorney and internal auditor for CARE, Inc., in New York, and four years as an attorney and advisor in the Office of Counsel of the IRS, again in Washington, DC. From 1968 to 1976 Mr. Langdon was a senior tax attorney at the Ford Motor Company, and from 1976 to 1978, was director of taxes and corporate secretary for Vetco, Inc.

In 1978 Mr. Langdon joined Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, California, where he served in the role as vice president of tax, licensing, and customs until 1999. Ultimately, he led a group with a worldwide staff of 425 professionals. Innovations included lowest cash effective tax rate in the industry, worldwide effective planning, multi-country APAs, and high customer and employee satisfaction scores. In 1999, as vice president, general transition manager for Hewlett-Packard, Langdon led the team responsible for overall management of the spin-off of Agilent Technologies, an $8 billion company.

In 1999 Langdon returned to the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC, as commissioner of the Large & Mid-Size Business Division and served until 2003. He created and implemented a series of innovative issue-management strategies and dispute-resolution processes, as well as a comprehensive strategy for curtailment of abusive technical tax shelters.

Since 2003 Mr. Langdon has been a partner with Mayer Brown LLP, Global Tax Practice, emphasizing tax controversy and planning.

Current Organizations  
Member Ohio Bar
Michigan Bar
California Bar
US Supreme Court Bar
US Tax Court Bar
Chair Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Tax Councils I and III
Village Enterprise Fund, Board of Directors
President Church of the Pioneers Foundation, Board of Directors
Lowell Berry Foundation, Board of Directors
Member American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
Tax Analysts, Board of Directors
International Fiscal Association (executive committee, 1996–1999; executive vice president, 1999; international president, 1988–1989; honorary member, 1999–present)
National Tax Association (vice president, 1999)
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (elder, six three-year terms)
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Board of Directors
Hawaiian Island Ministries, Board of Directors
Past Organizations  
Chair Tax and Fiscal Policy, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Member IRS Commissioner’s Advisory Group
Tax Executives Institute (Santa Clara Valley president, 1984–1985)
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