• LL.M. (Taxation)
    Georgetown University Law Center
    with distinction
  • J.D.
    The George Washington University Law School
    with honors, Order of the Coif
  • B.S.
    University of Delaware
    cum laude

Maria Jones serves on the Executive Committee and is Chair of the Diversity Committee. She practices in the area of federal income taxation with a focus on tax controversy matters, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits, IRS Appeals and tax litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims and Federal district courts. She has significant experience in matters involving the taxation of insurance companies, including deductibility of ceding commissions and reserves, conversion of nonprofit insurance companies, captive insurance company issues and the provisions applicable to Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.

Ms. Jones also advises clients on a wide range of other tax issues, including matters involving the Affordable Care Act, the valuation of intangible assets, excise tax matters, and tax accounting matters. She has experience with IRS issue resolution procedures, including Pre-Filing Agreements, Fast Track Settlement and the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) program. Ms. Jones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Tax Conference and is a frequent speaker on insurance tax and federal tax controversy issues. Ms. Jones is the President of the Miller & Chevalier Charitable Foundation.

  • Highmark Inc. v. United States, No. 1:17cv-00898-LKG (Fed. Cl.)
  • Washington Mutual, Inc. et al. v. United States, 891 F. 3d 1016 (Fed. Cir. 2018).
  • Washington Mutual, Inc. et al. v. United States, 856 F. 3d 711 (9th Cir. 2017).
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas v. Commissioner, No. 8088-08 (Tax Ct.) (settled).
  • Washington Mutual, Inc. v. United States, 636 F. 3d 1207 (9th Cir. 2011).
  • Louisiana Health Serv. & Indem. Co. v. United States, 104 A.F.T.R. 2d 2009-5194 (M.D. La. 2009).
  • Hosp. Serv. Ass'n of Northeastern Pennsylvania v. United States, 78 Fed. Cl. 434 (2007).
  • Capital Blue Cross v. Commissioner, 431 F.3d 117 (3d Cir 2005) (represented amicus curiae Blue Cross Blue Shield Association).
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Wyo. v. United States, No. 04-01791T (Fed. Cl.) (settled).
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Tenn. v. Commissioner, No. 10178-98 (Tax Ct.) (settled).
  • Legal 500: Tax: U.S. Taxes: Contentious, 2017, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Tax Law, 2018 - 2021
  • International Tax Review: Women in Tax Leaders, 2015 - 2017
  • International Tax Review: Tax Controversy Leaders (U.S.), 2014 - 2017
  • Advisory Board Member, Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Speaking Engagement

Jorge Castro, Thomas Cryan, Steven Dixon, Andrew Howlett, Maria Jones, Tony Provenzano, and Lisandra Ortiz will present to the Tax Executives Institute's (TEI's) Pittsburgh Chapter on February 5, 2

Pittsburgh, PA

Speaking Engagement

Tom Cryan, Rocco Femia, Maria O'Toole Jones, Loren Ponds, and James Gadwood will speak at the 44th Annual Insurance Tax Conference on November 14 – 15, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV