John Forry



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John is a legal and tax advisor who has focused on international taxation, finance and investment for decades and currently teaches in U.S., European, Asian and Latin American law and business schools. He is a partner at  Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, based in San Diego, California.


As a Partner at Ernst & Young, based in New York, 1999-2003, John was the first Global Leader of the firm’s Project Finance and Development Group.  He served as EY’s Director of Foreign Legal Services Alliances, leading the firm’s assistance to establish the first Foreign Legal Desks and U.S. Legal Desks allied with Ernst & Young.  He also was a member of EY’s International Tax Services, focusing on international corporations’ U.S. investments and developing solutions for multinational joint ventures.


From 1995-98, John was a partner at the firms of McDermott Will & Emery and Rogers & Wells, serving as a member of firm-wide Project Development and Finance Groups, based variously in Hong Kong and the United States.  From 1980 to 1995, he was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he was a Member of the Firm’s Governing Board, Chairman of the Management Committee for several offices, a Member of the International and Taxation Sections and Managing Partner of the International Section’s Pacific Rim and Latin American practices.


John’s most recent academic engagements are:

- Professor in Residence for International Programs and Externships at the University of San Diego Law School.


- Professeur Invité at the Centre du Droit de l’Entreprise within Montpellier University Law School (France).


- Lecturer at École Supérieure de Commerce, Toulouse (France).


- Adjunct Professor in the LL.M. and J.D. programs at Fordham Law School (New York).


- Member of the Academic Council of the Garrigues Institute of Global Law within the University of Navarre (Spain).


John earned his B.A. at Amherst College and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.  He is the author/editor of six books and over 45 articles on international finance, taxation and investment in professional, industry and academic publications. As a teacher, John is unique in that he can reduce otherwise complex principles into simple and comprehensible explanations. Contact: John Forry.


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