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Mehrdad Ghassemieh

Mehrdad Ghassemieh

Direct:(253) 284-4424

Attorney at Law


Mehrdad joined Harlowe & Falk as a partner in 2013. Prior to Harlowe & Falk, Mehrdad practiced in the international corporate tax department of KPMG LLP, where he served as adviser to multiple multinational companies, including large partnerships, corporations and Fortune 500 entities.

Mehrdad’s practice includes assisting companies of all sizes, in all business and tax matters. This includes advising closely held businesses to establish new business entities, advising on regulatory and tax matters, succession planning, and tax efficient planning for purchases or sales of existing businesses.

Mehrdad also provides tax consulting services to clients with international operations. His clients include both U.S.-based companies that have expanded abroad and foreign companies with U.S. ties. He also consults with U.S.-based exporting companies to determine whether they qualify for IC-DISC tax incentive benefits, and assists in both implementation and maintenance of IC-DISC structures.

Mehrdad is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law, where he teaches a class in international taxation planning in the law school’s masters in tax program. He is also an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University, in the Masters in Tax Program.


  • University of Washington School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation),
  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D.) (magna cum laude)
  • University of Washington Foster School of Business (B.A.)

Affiliations, Publications, and Honors:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Washington School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University Masters in Tax Program
  • Member, Washington State District Export Council
  • CLE Committee Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association: Tax Section, International Practice Section, & Business Law Section
  • Advisor to the Iranian American Community Alliance (“IACA”)

Recent Presentations:

  • Panelist: Back to Business in Iran After the Nuclear Deal: Maximizing Opportunity and Minimizing Liability Risks
  • Bloomberg BNA: International Taxation of Software and Cloud Computing Transactions
  • Bloomberg BNA: The Domestic International Sales Corporation (DISC), a Favorable Tax Subsidy for Exporters/Software Products and the DISC
  • Bloomberg BNA: A Basics of International Tax Planning
  • Bloomberg BNA: IC-DISC: Big Tax Benefits for Export Clients
  • IC-DISC Tax Law Challenges: Structuring and Planning Techniques to Maximize Federal Tax Savings
  • Estate Tax Portability Update, Golden Gate University Experts in Tax Lecture Series
  • Basics of International Tax & Estate Planning, Washington State Bar Association Tax Section Annual CLE
  • An Introduction to International Estate and Tax Planning
  • Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law Masters in Tax Program
  • Lecturer, Golden Gate University Masters in Tax Program


Other Languages:

  • Farsi

International Tax Blog:


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