Pam Olson is a consultant and the former US Deputy Tax Leader and Washington National Tax Services Leader for PwC. In her previous role with WNTS, Pam leads a team that includes many former senior government officials and policy advisers.
Prior to joining PwC, Pam led the Washington tax practice at Skadden, Arps, and served as assistant secretary for tax policy at the US Department of the Treasury.
Pam has represented clients in a broad range of matters, including IRS audits, appeals and litigation; congressional investigations; private letter ruling requests, proposed regulations, and other IRS and Treasury guidance; and in the legislative process. She has advised clients on tax and social security reform and on the structuring of financing, partnership, and M&A transactions. She is a frequent speaker on tax, economic and federal budget matters and has testified before several congressional committees, most recently before the Senate Finance Committee on international tax reform.
As assistant secretary for tax policy, Pam had supervisory responsibility for providing the secretary of the treasury with policy analysis and recommendations for all domestic and international issues of federal taxation, including legislative proposals, regulatory guidance, and tax treaties, and for providing the official estimates of all government receipts for the president’s budget and treasury cash management decisions. Pam also held positions with the chief counsel’s office of the Internal Revenue Service as special assistant to the chief counsel, attorney-adviser in the Legislation and Regulations Division and trial attorney in San Diego District Counsel.
In 2000 and 2001, Pam was the first woman to serve as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. She has served as tax and economic adviser to two presidential campaigns and as tax adviser to the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. She has been included repeatedly in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America for tax law. Pam served as a Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel and is on the board of several nonprofit organizations. She received the Treasury Department's highest award, distinguished service awards from the Federal Bar Association and Tax Executives Institute, and delivered both the Lawrence Woodworth and Erwin Griswold annual lectures.
Pam received her B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. from the University of Minnesota.