Nathan Thistle ’18 secures position at the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel, LB&I Division

Nathan Thistle '18Nathan Thistle, a third year student at the University of Maine School of Law, has secured a position at the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel, Large Business and International (LB&I) Division. The LB&I Division Counsel employs over 290 attorneys located in 39 cities nationwide.

The LB&I Division Counsel provides legal services to the IRS LB&I Division, an industry focused organization with an emphasis on global tax administration for corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. Attorneys in this division provide a full range of legal services on all issues, including advising LB&I compliance agents, handling litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, and assisting the Department of Justice in the handling of refund cases in the U.S. District Courts.

Thistle received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Southern Maine with a minor in Business Administration. During his time as an undergraduate student, he studied abroad at the University of Leicester and was a teaching assistant for the Economics Department. He was also an assistant manager at a local restaurant.

In the fall of 2015, Thistle began attending Maine Law where he has been involved in a number student leadership positions. He served as a representative and treasurer of the Student Bar Association (SBA) and is currently a Research Editor on the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal. He also took full advantage of the Law School’s vast experiential learning opportunities by participating in a total of five legal externships or internships. He spent the past fall semester externing in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.

“Maine Law prepared me for this position by offering a wide variety of relevant courses (e.g., Tax I, Tax II, Partnership Tax, Business Associations, International Finance, etc.),” said Thistle. “The faculty and staff at the Law School have been very supportive of my professional goals, and the school’s externship program allowed me to gain hands-on experience at the Internal Revenue Service while completing my degree.”

Thistle will begin working in this position in Washington D.C. after he graduates from the Law School in May.