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Vanda B. McMurtry, Partner
Thomas L. Stapleton
Of Counsel
Tel 202-347-2230    Fax 202-393-3310
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Tom is of counsel to Davis & Harman LLP. He provides firm clients with a deep expertise in the taxation of insurance companies, their products and financial transactions. Before joining Davis & Harman in 2000, Tom was Senior Vice President and Tax Director of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. As MetLife's senior tax officer and head of its Tax Department, he was responsible for all tax planning and administration for the company and its subsidiaries, product and benefits tax issues and all legal issues related to tax and ERISA. His responsibilities included all tax aspects of MetLife's corporate acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and reorganizations.

Prior to MetLife, Tom served for nine years in the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, as a trial and appellate attorney specializing in insurance tax litigation. He also served as Assistant Chief of the Appellate Section.


Over the course of his long career, Tom has served as Chairman of the Committee of Annuity Insurers, chairman of the ACLI Company Tax Subcommittee, and secretary-treasurer of the Mutual Company Tax Committee and chairman of its Technical Committee. For over twenty years, he was also chairman of the Tax Committee of the Life Insurance Council of New York. Tom is also a frequent speaker on insurance taxation at seminars and conferences and has testified before Congress on insurance tax matters.

Tom is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars, as well as the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Federal Claims and various Federal courts around the country.

Tom received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1956 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. In 1991, he completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.


Prior Experience
  • Captain, JAGC, US Army
  • Trial attorney, US Department of Justice
  • Assistant Chief of the Appellate Section, Tax Division, US Department of Justice
  • Senior Vice President and Tax Director, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association Section on Taxation
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Bar and Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Federal Circuits
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Education
  • BA, Brooklyn College, 1956
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1959
  • AMP, Harvard Graduate School of Business, 1991
The Willard
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20004
Tel 202-347-2230
Fax 202-393-3310